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2014 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament: Florida State takes overtime thriller over Miami, 72-67

Natasha Howard's double-double performance helps the Seminoles advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament.

The action was fierce in the paint during the clash between FSU and Miami
The action was fierce in the paint during the clash between FSU and Miami
Dana Warren

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Natasha Howard scored 30 points and snatched 16 rebounds to help the Florida State Seminoles defeat Miami 72-67 in overtime Thursday afternoon at the ACC Tournament. The Hurricanes rode a hot-shooting first half (52 percent from he field) to a seven-point halftime lead over their rivals from Tallahassee, but the 'Noles chipped away at the lead until they finally got within striking distance.

"You can't as a coach get too up or too down on what's happening," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "And with a young team, I'm telling you, I mean, we have pulled our hair out."

The Seminoles were down six with 5:23 remaining before going on a 9-0 run to eventually take a three-point lead. The Hurricanes finally stopped the bleeding with 30 seconds remaining when Necole Sterling hit a three to send the game into overtime. Miami took the early lead by scoring the first basket of the extra period, only to be answered by a Emiah Bingley three-pointer that gave the 'Noles a lead they would never relinquish.

In addition to Howard's big night, Cheetah Delgado pitched in with 20 points, including late three-pointer to effectively seal the game for Florida State. The Hurricanes had five players in double figures, scoring-wise, led by 12 points from Krystal Saunders. Florida State now turns its attention to Notre Dame, the tournament's top seed and the No. 2 team in the country. That game will follow the Syracuse/N.C. State tip that opens the quarterfinal round at 11:00 a.m. Friday.