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.