Florida State Too Much For Youthful Tar Heels
Release: 01/05/2017
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Imani Wright scored 22 points to help sixth-ranked Florida State beat North Carolina 90-77 on Thursday night.

Ivey Slaughter added 16 points for the Seminoles (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 49 percent, controlled the inside and ran off the first eight points of the third quarter to lead by as many as 19.

Wright, who was averaging 11.1 points, had 19 last week in a win at Miami and had another big day by making 9 of 16 shots.

The bigger Seminoles finished with a 37-30 rebounding advantage, doubled UNC's guard-dependent lineup on the offensive glass (16-8) and scored 19 second-chance points.

Stephanie Watts scored 19 points for the Tar Heels (11-4, 0-2), who also shot 49 percent. But with FSU controlling the boards, the Seminoles got plenty of extra looks (18 more shots) while also scoring 17 points off turnovers to keep UNC in catch-up mode all night.

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: The Seminoles were coming off Monday's home loss to North Carolina State -- which had just upset then-No. 2 Notre Dame -- to snap a program record-tying 12-game winning streak. But they led just about the entire way in this one and have won both their ACC road games as an encouraging sign for longtime coach Sue Semrau. FSU has won 13 of its last 14 games following a loss.

North Carolina: The quartet of Watts, Destinee Walker, Jamie Cherry and Paris Kea can provide plenty of perimeter scoring punch, but the Tar Heels are going to have trouble against opponents with any size -- and that showed here. They also didn't help themselves with 18 turnovers, many the kind of mistakes that come with youth for a team that has one junior and one senior on the roster.

UP NEXT

Florida State: The Seminoles host No. 13 Duke on Sunday.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels host Virginia on Sunday.


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