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Florida State Seminoles women's basketball team beats Wake Forest to claim share of ACC title

Cierra Bravard shoots over Wake Forest’s Sarah Riddle during the first half of FSU’s 58-47 win that gave it a 12-2 ACC mark.

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Cierra Bravard shoots over Wake Forest’s Sarah Riddle during the first half of FSU’s 58-47 win that gave it a 12-2 ACC mark.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jacinta Monroe had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Florida State earned a share of its first ACC title with a 58-47 win over Wake Forest on Sunday.

Tanae Davis-Cain had 11 points for the Seminoles (24-6, 12-2), who tied with Maryland for the league title after being picked to finish fifth in a preseason poll. Because they lost to Maryland 72-71 on Feb. 2, they will be seeded second to the Terps in the conference tournament.

FSU finished undefeated on the road for the first time in program history, going 10-0. Seminoles coach Sue Semrau tied her career high for wins.

"We are really excited about what we have done," Monroe said. "But we know that we have to keep the ball rolling. We don't want to stop here."

Brooke Thomas scored 13 for the Demon Deacons (18-10, 5-9), who closed out the regular season with four straight losses.

Down 7-5, FSU went on a 12-4 run capped by Monroe's jumper with 8:23 left. The Seminoles never trailed again.

After the best regular season in program history, FSU will open the league tournament at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Boston College-Miami game. The Seminoles are 2-0 against Miami this season and 1-0 against Boston College.

"I think our kids are really focused on what they can do in the tournament," Semrau said. "They know how we are going to get prepared in this week of practice and that is getting better at doing all of the little things."

UGA 84, NO. 17 UF 75: Porsha Phillips scored 20 off the bench to lead the host Bulldogs (17-12, 7-7 SEC) in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Marshae Dotson scored 22 to lead the Gators (23-6, 9-5). Steffi Sorensen added 15 points for Florida, which rallied to take the lead early in the second half thanks to aggressive defense. But a 14-0 run pushed Georgia ahead 68-59, capped by Jaleesa Rhoden's acrobatic putback.

"It was real simple what happened tonight. We played five minutes of great defense and that was it," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "The other 35 minutes, Georgia controlled with their offense. If you're going to go and steal a win on someone else's court, you're going to do it with tough defense and rebounding."

Top 25

NO. 3 STANFORD 85, USC 74: Kayla Pedersen had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Cardinal (24-4, 14-1), which won its 11th straight and moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.

UCLA 71, NO. 4 CAL 56: Erica Tukiainen scored 18 of her career-high 25 in the second half for the host Bruins. Ashley Walker had 17 points for the Bears (23-4, 14-2) and became the second Cal player to score 2,000.

NO. 5 MARYLAND 89, MIAMI 64: Marissa Coleman had 17 points and 16 rebounds, Marah Strickland also scored 17, and the visiting Terrapins (25-4, 12-2) clinched their first ACC title since 1989 and enhanced their chances of claiming a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

NO. 7 AUBURN 94, ARKANSAS 57: DeWanna Bonner scored 25 and the host Tigers (27-2, 12-2) clinched their first SEC title in 20 years.

NO. 10 DUKE 81, NO. 9 UNC, OT: Jasmine Thomas scored 19 and Abby Waner hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.8 seconds left in overtime for the host Blue Devils (24-4, 11-3 ACC), who snapped a four-game skid against the Tar Heels (25-5, 10-4). North Carolina committed 33 turnovers and slipped to the No. 4 seed in the league tournament.

NO. 12 TEXAS A&M 71, NO. 20 KANSAS ST. 56: Sydney Carter scored 17 to lead the visiting Aggies (22-5, 10-4 Big 12). Ashley Sweat and Marlies Gipson led the Wildcats (21-6, 8-6) with 12 points each.

NO. 14 OHIO ST. 74, PENN ST. 63: Star Allen scored a career-high 25 in her final home game and Jantel Lavender added 28 points and 12 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (24-5, 15-3), the outright Big Ten champions.

NO. 18 TENN. 75, NO. 19 VANDY 66: Shekinna Stricklen scored 18 as the Volunteers (20-9, 9-5 SEC) earned their 34th straight 20-win season and remained unbeaten against the Commodores (21-8, 10-4) in Knoxville. Tennessee still finished with its worst SEC record ever.

GA. TECH 74, NO. 22 UVA 66: Iasia Hemingway scored 17 and Alex Montgomery 16 as the host Yellow Jackets closed the regular season with three straight wins and clinched the fifth seed in the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers (22-8, 8-6) will be sixth.

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