TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- In four previous games against North
Carolina, Ganiyat Adeduntan scored a total of six points.
She broke out Thursday night and sent Florida State to its
second upset of a ranked Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in five
Adeduntan scored a career-high 26 points and Roneeka Hodges had
23, including a three-point play that tied the game late in
regulation, to lead the Seminoles past North Carolina 79-73.
"We were just hyped, we were playing focused, making great
passes to each other and knocking down big shots," Adeduntan said.
Adeduntan made a 3-pointer to open overtime, and the Seminoles (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today)
never trailed again. Florida State (17-2, 4-1) is off to the best
start in school history.
"That's what I love about this team," coach Sue Semrau said.
"Different people step up when they try to key in on certain
The Tar Heels (14-3, 2-2) went scoreless for nearly seven
minutes at the end of regulation and early in overtime, and missed
their last seven shots in the second half -- three in the last 35
"It's a typical road game in the ACC," North Carolina coach
Sylvia Hatchell said. "I thought at the end of the regulation, we
got fouled but it wasn't called."
North Carolina (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 9 AP) outscored the Seminoles 44-28 in the paint, but
shot just seven free throws -- 17 fewer than Florida State.
"I don't know what else we can do to get more foul shots,"
North Carolina had 17 turnovers and coughed up the ball on each
of its first two overtime possessions -- leading to five Florida
Holly Johnson and Alicia Gladden made two free throws each in
the final 25 seconds to seal the Seminoles' second upset this week.
They beat Maryland 95-91 on Sunday. Maryland was ranked 17th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 15th in the AP poll at the time.
"They just continue to come out and meet challenges," Semrau
The win snapped FSU's six-game losing streak against North
Carolina, which won 15 of the previous 16 meetings.
Hodges' three-point play with 1:53 left in the second half tied
it at 64, and neither team scored again until overtime. North
Carolina's LaTangela Atkinson was short on a 3-pointer that could
have won it just before the regulation buzzer.
Freshman Erlana Larkins scored 21 and Camille Little added 17
for the Tar Heels. Atkinson finished with 16 points and 11