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Seminoles suffer a serious letdown

BLACKSBURG, VA. — Less than 48 hours after falling in a hard-fought game at No. 5 Duke, No. 19 Florida State came out flat.

Virginia Tech, a team that had won once since late December and is in last place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, opened a double-digit lead in the first half Sunday afternoon behind junior guard Monet Tollier's hot shooting and pulled off a 71-52 upset over FSU (20-7, 10-6).

"Credit Virginia Tech. They played harder than us," coach Sue Semrau told the Tallahassee Democrat. "I think we got to 20 wins, we relaxed. Anytime you relax against an ACC opponent, you're going to get beat."

The victory was so unexpected that a group of nine Virginia Tech fans rushed onto the court and danced with Hokies players as the Seminoles retreated to the locker room.

"I wasn't expecting that at all," said Tellier, who scored 16 of her 24 in the first half. "I don't think anyone expected that. It was just a lot of fun."

The Seminoles allowed the Hokies (9-18, 3-13) to shoot 51.9 percent in the first half and 46.7 percent for the game. The smaller Hokies also out-rebounded FSU 44-37.

But it was FSU's performance on offense that was so surprising. One of the nation's most productive teams, the Seminoles shot 32.8 percent from the floor, 23.1 percent from 3-point range and 46.7 percent from the free-throw line.

UF 67, ALABAMA 61: Kayla Lewis had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Jaterra Bonds also scored 15 for the Gators (16-12, 5-9 SEC), who erased a 13-point second-half deficit with a 21-4 run and beat the Crimson Tide (12-15, 2-12) in Tuscaloosa for the first time since Feb. 5, 2009.

Top 25

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 84, DEPAUL 56: Skylar Diggins had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the visiting Fighting Irish (25-1, 13-0 Big East), who won their 20th straight game.

NO. 4 STANFORD 74, OREGON 50: Chiney Ogwumike had 27 points and a school-record 24 rebounds to lead the host Cardinal (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) to its 12th straight won.

NO. 5 DUKE 75, NO. 8 MARYLAND 59: Elizabeth Williams scored 16 for the visiting Blue Devils (26-1, 16-0), who clinched the ACC regular-season title with a season sweep of the Terrapins (22-5, 13-3).

NO. 6 CAL 58, OREGON ST. 56: Layshia Clarendon had 26 points and the host Bears (25-2, 15-1 Pac-12) rallied from 17 points down in the first half.

NO. 7 PENN ST. 68, MICHIGAN 57: Maggie Lucas had 21 points for the host Lions (23-3, 13-1), who clinched at least a share of their second straight Big Ten regular-season title.

LSU 77, NO. 8 KENTUCKY 72: Jeanne Kenney hit all five of her 3-pointers on her way to a career-high 22 points as the host Tigers snapped a four-game winning streak by the Wildcats (23-4, 11-3 SEC).

VANDY 61, NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 51: Tiffany Clarke scored 22 of her career-high 30 in the second half as the host Commodores upset the Aggies (21-7, 11-3 Big 12), their first win over a Top 10 team since they beat No. 6 Georgia on Jan. 14, 2010.

NO. 11 TENN. 60, ARKANSAS 54: Meighan Simmons had 18 points as the visiting Vols (22-5, 13-1 SEC) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and won their fifth straight game.

NO. 12 LOUISVILLE 55, VILLANOVA 49: Bria Smith had 16 points, seven rebounds and six steals for the visiting Cardinals (22-6, 10-4 Big East).

NO. 13 GEORGIA 73, OLE MISS 54: Jasmine Hassell had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Bulldogs (23-4, 11-3 SEC), who gave coach Andy Landers his 900th victory.

NO. 14 DAYTON 67, TEMPLE 47: Andrea Hoover led five players in double figures with 14 points for the host Flyers (24-1, 12-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th straight game.

NO. 15 S.C. 58, MISS. ST. 43: Aleighsa Welch had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds for the host Gamecocks (22-5, 10-4 SEC), who tied a program record for conference victories.

NO. 16 UNC 68, N.C. STATE 58: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt matched her career high with 24 points for the host Tar Heels (25-4, 13-3 ACC), who beat the Wolfpack for the 23rd time in 27 meetings.

NO. 17 UCLA 63, USC 58: Nirra Fields and Thea Lemberger scored 12 each for the host Bruins (21-6, 12-4 Pac-12), who held off a second-half rally for their eighth win in 10 games.

NO. 18 DELAWARE 61, JMU 60: Elena Delle Donne had 28 points, including a key free throw in the waning seconds as the host Blue Hens (24-3, 15-0) clinched a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title.

NO. 20 COLORADO 68, WASH. 61: Arielle Roberson had 16 points and senior Chucky Jeffery had 13 rebounds in her final regular-season home game for the Buffaloes (22-5, 11-5 Pac-12), who won their seventh straight game in front of a crowd that braved a blizzard to arrive at Coors Events Center.

NO. 22 PURDUE 75, MINNESOTA 63: Courtney Moses had 23 points for the visiting Boilermakers (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game skid.

NO. 24 NEBRASKA 66, IOWA 46: Rachel Theriot had 19 points for the host Cornhuskers (21-6, 11-3 Big Ten), who won their ninth game in a row.

Seminoles suffer a serious letdown 02/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:36pm]
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