UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP)Nausia Woolfolk scored 21 points and No. 8 Florida State beat 24th-ranked Michigan 79-69 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball Showcase.
Kiah Gillespie had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists – getting the final one on a basket by Woolfolk just before the buzzer.
Leading 54-52, Florida State went on an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter to build a double-digit advantage. Taylor Robbins scored the next five points for Michigan to spark a 9-2 run that got the Wolverines within 64-61 with under four minutes left.
The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before Florida State (12-0) had back-to-back hoops – the second coming off a steal and basket by Woolfolk with 58 seconds left that made it 72-65.
The Wolverines (9-2) couldn’t convert on the other end and Kiah Gillespie hit two free throws to seal the game.
Amy Dilk scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Wolverines. Her previous best was 18 as a freshman last year against Washington. Robbins added 20.
Florida State now has three wins over Top 25 teams this season, also beating then-No. 6 Texas A&M and 19th-ranked Michigan State. The Seminoles only had two victories over ranked opponents last year.
Both teams got off to slow starts with Michigan holding a three-point lead after the first quarter. Florida State took a four-point lead in the second quarter before the Wolverines rallied to go up 32-31 at the half when Amy Dilk scored in the lane just before the buzzer. She had 11 points in the first half, making all five of her shots.
Confetti fell sporadically during the first quarter of the game from the Miss America pageant, which was held in the arena on Thursday night.
Florida State assistant coach Joy McCorvey and graduate assistant Jillian Dunston played for Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. McCorvey starred for St. John’s when Barnes Arico coached there. Dunston was at Michigan from 2015-18 and ranks third all-time on the school’s rebound list.
Michigan: Opens conference play at No. 13 Maryland on Dec. 28.
Florida State: Hosts Virginia Tech on Dec. 29.
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