7:00 PM ET, January 24, 2005
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Alicia Gladden scored 24 points and converted a three-point play with 2:18 remaining in the second overtime, allowing Florida State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) to hang on for an 81-78 victory Monday night over Virginia Tech.The Seminoles (18-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), playing their third consecutive overtime game, forced the second extra session when LaQuinta Neely made a layup in the final second of the first to tie it at 72.Virginia Tech (12-5, 2-3) tied it at 62 with 39 seconds left in regulation on Kerri Gardin's putback, producing the ninth tie of the back-and-forth game.Before it was over, there were 18 ties and 14 lead changes.Roneeka Hodges also scored 24 points for Florida State. Ganiyat Adeduntan added 11 and Neely had 10 points and nine rebounds. Gladden also grabbed nine rebounds.Gardin had 22 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Hokies, who never led in the second extra period. Kirby Copeland added 15 points and Dawn Chriss 14.After Gladden's free throw gave Florida State a 79-75 lead, Chriss hit a jumper with 1:58 left and Copeland made a free throw with 1:07 to go. Holly Johnson then sealed it for the Seminoles, making a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left.