Houston’s 13 3s are too many for Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball Team (6-4) lost a close battle to Houston (6-5), 78-68, at the Donald L. Tucker Center Thursday night.

The Seminoles went back and forth with the Cougars throughout Thursday’s entertaining affair, but Houston’s 13 3-point field goals proved too important as he pulled away late.

“We had a lot of people helping us offensively but hurting us defensively,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It was a really tough decision figuring out how to stay strong but also get some production on the offensive side. We thought the area would slow them down and got out of it pretty quickly. They have been very successful.

The Seminoles had three record-breaking double-digit points with Morgan Jones and O’Mariah Gordon tied at 16. KK Timpson followed with 12 points. Jones has scored in double digits in the last nine straight games.

Gordon also led the team in assists with six on the night.

The Garnet and Gold continued their rebounding dominance over their opponents this season with 38 rebounds against 34 for Houston. The Seminoles bench added depth by edging the Houston bench 33-26.

The first quarter started with River Baldwin opening the scoring with two baskets in the paint and four rebounds. Sammie Puisis recorded his 96th career three-point shot, barely four points from becoming the 16th Seminol with 100 three-pointers.

However, Houston held a 22-18 lead in the first quarter after guard Laila Blair recorded 15 of her 20 points in the first quarter, scoring five 3-point field goals to get the Cougars started.

At the start of the second half, Sara Bejedi led the Seminoles with eight points. Tonight’s game was Bejedi’s third game of the season with several three-pointers.

The Seminoles’ biggest lead of the game came in the third quarter by a 47-42 margin credited to 11 unanswered points from the Noles. But it continued to be a swing game as Houston responded with a 6-0 streak, never letting FSU take the lead.

The last quarter was not very successful for the Seminoles, giving Houston their biggest lead of the game.

The Seminoles will start the conference game on Sunday, Dec. 19 against Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will be broadcast on the ACC network.


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