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  ACC 2nd Round: #9 Florida State 72, #8 Miami 67 (OT)
Noles Come Back, Hold On to Bounce Canes
March 6, 2014

 
By JP Mundy, Photos by Orin Day

Natasha Howard had game highs in points, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots as #9 Florida State came back from eight down to defeat #8 Miami in overtime, 72-67.
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Florida State fought back from a seven-point halftime deficit to force overtime and eliminate rival Miami 72-67 in the second round of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday. Natasha Howard scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the victory, while Cheetah Delgado added 20 for the Seminoles. The Seminoles advance to top-seeded Notre Dame on Friday.

Miami struggled to keep their halftime advantage, and eventually succumbed to the Seminoles' relentless attack on the glass. Miami had five players in double figures on Thursday, including 12 points from Krystal Saunders on four three-pointers. Adrienne Motley had 11 for the Hurricanes, whose season may be over unless the WNIT comes calling. The 'Canes shot 52 percent in the first half before they cooled off in the second.

Top Performers

  1. Natasha Howard, Florida State 30 points, 16 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 blocks. The Seminoles dominated the paint, thanks to their imposing forward. Howard was 11-17 from the field and was an unstoppable force.

  2. Cheetah Delgado, Florida State 20 points. Delgado and Howard combined to score most of FSU's 72 points, none bigger than the three-pointer Delgado hit in overtime to stretch the Seminole lead back to four.

Game Analysis

Why Florida State won: The Seminoles needed to rebound to counteract the quick Miami guards, and they delivered. Also, there was no answer for Howard in the post.

Why Miami lost: Miami turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 17 Florida State points, and were out-rebounded 39-31.

The Game Turned When...: There are a number of candidates for this honor, but I'll go with the 6-0 run that gave Florida State a brief lead late in regulation, before a Necole Sterling three sent the game into overtime.

X-Factor: Howard's six steals were possibly more important that some of her points, creating extra possessions for the 'Noles.

Key Stat: Florida State won the battle in the paint, 34-18. That is dominance.

Areas for Improvement: Florida State will also need offense from players not named Howard or Delgado if they expect to hang around with No. 2 Notre Dame. Miami could use some help in the post. Their guard play has been exemplary, but they could use some help inside.

Ramifications: The good news for Miami is they get to go home to sunny Florida. The bad news for Florida State is they get the second-ranked team in the country on Friday.

They Said It: "It's always a great game when we play Miami. I thought they did a great job of controlling things early. We hammered home how important rebounding was going to be, and we held them to 31 rebounds and I think that was the difference in the basketball game."

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