Florida State (3-1, 2-1 ACC) defeated Pitt (3-3, 1-2 ACC) by a 67-53 score today in Tallahassee, FL.
The game started out close but it didn’t take long for FSU to make a move. The Seminoles hit Pitt with an early 10-0 run that was capped by a triple from Sara Bejedi with about five minutes left in the quarter. FSU had a 12-4 lead. Pitt immediately responded with five quick points. However, the Noles ended the quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 19-11 lead into the second stanza.
FSU threatened to blow the game open by scoring the first seven points of the second quarter. From there the two teams traded baskets the rest of the half and the Seminoles enjoyed a 34-20 lead going into the second half.
The Panthers started the second half like gangbusters. Florida State did come out a bit flat but Pitt hit shot after shot and the Panthers scored the first 12 points of the second half. Combined with the four points that they scored at the end of the first half the Panthers had a 16-0 run to cut FSU’s lead to two at 34-32. The Seminoles re-asserted themselves after that onslaught ending the quarter on a 17-3 run to take a 51-35 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
The Panthers never quit but they weren’t able to threaten the Noles again. FSU cruised to the 67-53 victory.
Kourtney Weber led all scorers with 19 points. Bianca Jackson was the only other Nole in double figures with 13 points.
FSU won this game with defense. The Seminoles held Pitt to 30% shooting. The Panthers average 41% on the year. Outside of that explosion to start the second half, Pitt struggled to score in this game.
Florida State lost the rebounding battle by nine (47-38) but still won the game by 14 points.
The Seminoles bounced back well from the disappointing Clemson game. The Noles took care of business against an over-matched team at home.
However, FSU still displayed signs of rust as the Seminoles committed 18 turnovers. Pitt had 23 turnovers though and that carelessness was a huge factor in the game.
Overall, FSU has been disadvantaged a bit because games have been cancelled so there have been only four games played so far. However, the Noles have been advantaged because the schedule hasn’t been that tough yet (primarily due to the postponement of the Louisville game). It will be interesting to see how Florida State comes back after the holiday break.
Florida State will take a couple of weeks off before traveling to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest on January 3rd. The game will tip at 1pm. Wake (4-3, 1-2 ACC) fell to North Carolina today 77-74.