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The Noles earn a huge bounce back win.

Miguel A. Olivella, Jr.

Florida State (7-5, 6-5 ACC) defeated Syracuse (11-5, 8-5 ACC) by a 67-52 score tonight in Tallahassee, FL.

Game Recap

Syracuse started out fast. The Orange jumped out to a 9-2 lead after a triple from Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi. Coach Brooke Wyckoff then called a timeout to settle her team down. The Seminoles responded with a 9-0 run that was capped by a Bianca Jackson three ball. The quarter ended with FSU nursing a slim 13-10 lead.

The Seminoles took control of the game in the second quarter. Midway through the quarter FSU hit the Cuse with an 11-0 run that was sparked by a layup from Jackson. Kiara Lewis broke the run with a three point play but Florida State scored the last four points of the quarter to take a 32-18 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter FSU stretched the lead to 41-23 on a Savannah Wilkinson jumper. The Orange battled back and cut the lead to 48-39 going into the fourth quarter after a pair of free throws from Kiara Lewis.

Lewis started the fourth with an impressive move to earn a nice layup and the lead was down to seven at 48-41. For the first time in a long time FSU was facing game pressure. The Noles responded in fine fashion scoring the next six points to take a 54-41 lead. Syracuse answered with a 5-0 mini-run to cut the lead to 54-46. After that neither team scored for almost three minutes. Bianca Jackson ended the drought with a pair of free throws and FSU was up 56-46 with 4:21 left. With 2:44 left in the game FSU hit Syracuse with a 7-0 run to take a 65-50 lead that effectively iced the game. From there the Seminoles cruised to the 67-52 victory.

Post Game

Bianca Jackson led FSU with 18 points. Morgan Jones chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds.

This was a huge win for Florida State. The recent 1-3 road trip turned the Seminoles into a bubble team. This win doesn’t guarantee a tournament berth for the Noles but it goes a long way. Syracuse was 36th in the NET so this game is a Q2 win for FSU that could end up as a Q1 depending on how the Orange does the rest of the season.

FSU got production from several players off the bench (Savannah Wilkinson, River Baldwin, Tiana England and Sayawni Lassiter) who came in and played important minutes.

Syracuse is a bigger team than FSU but the Noles won the rebounding battle. FSU also did a great job defensively holding the Cuse to 30.4% shooting (17.4%, 3PT).

The big benefit from tonight is that the Noles played like the Florida State teams that we have been used to seeing the past few years. It wasn’t perfect but this team competed hard and didn’t back down. The Seminoles will finish the regular season strong if they can continue to bring the same effort that we saw tonight for the rest of the season.

Next Game

Florida State will host Miami (8-8, 5-8 ACC) in Tallahassee on Sunday at 2pm. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. The Canes fell to Virginia Tech tonight 75-55.