ATLANTA -- Leonor Rodriguez scored 23 points while Natasha Howard and Morgan Toles recorded double-doubles to lead No. 19 Florida State over Georgia Tech 85-78 Thursday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Howard (18 rebounds) and Toles (10 assists) both finished with 18 points.
Georgia Tech (7-6) took a 45-38 lead into halftime behind a 58 percent (20 of 34) first-half shooting performance and 16 assists in the frame. Florida State (12-1) rallied to retake the lead, 72-71, but Brittany Jackson hit a 3-pointer to put Georgia Tech back on top 74-72 with 4:20 left to play.
From there, however, the Yellow Jackets went cold, missing their next five shots and committing four turnovers over the next 4 minutes. Florida State, meanwhile, turned those errors into points, hitting back-to-back layups off consecutive steals to pull away. The Seminoles scored 10 of their last 13 points in the paint.
espnW's Mechelle Voepel says it is alarming that women's basketball stands alone in the latest Notice of Allegations that North Carolina received from the NCAA and explains how the notice has impacted the Tar Heels' recruiting.