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Seminole Saturday Summary: FSU Hoops Clinches ACC Regular Season Title, FSU Women Advance to ACC Championship

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For the first time in program history, Florida State basketball is the regular season champion of the ACC.

The Seminoles entered Saturday, needing only to beat Boston College to clinch the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament. FSU did that with ease, 80-62, but won the regular season title outright with Virginia’s 57-54 win over Louisville.

FSU was paced on Saturday by its big men. Balsa Koprivica led the Seminoles with 15 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting. On Senior Day, fellow center Dominik Olejniczak added 14 points. Patrick Williams added 10 points.

The win came three days after the Seminoles rallied from 13 points down to beat Notre Dame in South Bend for the first time ever, 73-71. M.J. Walker came alive late for FSU, finishing with 21 points, but it was Trent Forrest who came through in the clutch. With less than four seconds to play, Forrest followed his own miss for the winning basket.

With Saturday’s win over the Eagles, FSU finishes undefeated at home for a second time in four years. The Seminoles will play Thursday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. At 26-5 overall and 16-4 in conference, Florida State is three wins shy of tying last season’s single-season wins record. The 16 ACC wins is a new program record.

Florida State clinched a second-ever berth in the ACC Tournament championship with a win over Louisville on Saturday. (FSU athletics)

For just the second time in program history, Florida State women’s hoops will play for the ACC Championship.

The fourth-seeded Seminoles kicked off their stay in Greensboro with wins over No. 13 seed Wake Forest and top-seeded Louisville. FSU will play No. 2 seed NC State for the conference title on Sunday.

FSU kicked things off on Friday with an easy 76-47 victory over the Demon Deacons. The Seminoles shot 52 percent from the field and 10-for-17 from deep while holding Wake Forest to 35 percent shooting. Nausia Woolfolk and Kourtney Weber each scored 15 points for FSU in the win.

Those two also played major roles in Saturday’s 62-60 upset of No. 1 seed Louisville. Woolfolk led the Seminoles with 16 points while Weber replaced an injured Kiah Gillespie in the final minute and knocked down the two free throws that put FSU ahead for good.

Gillespie added 15 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Louisville’s Jazmine Jones missed the tying jumper in the final seconds.

FSU lost to Notre Dame 71-58 in the 2015 ACC Championship in its only prior ACC Championship appearance. Louisville fell to 28-4 with Saturday’s loss. Two of those defeats came to the Seminoles.

Football

Weekly Commitments: Travis Hunter, Unranked 2022 ATH (Unranked)*
Weekly Decommitments: Melvin Jordan, Unranked 2022 OLB (Unranked)*; KeyShawn Spencer, 3-star RB (No. 457 overall)*
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 25 nationally, fourth in ACC (4 total commitments)*

Men’s Basketball

Record: 26-5 (16-4 ACC)
Ranking: No. 7 AP Poll; No. 8 USA Today Coaches Poll
Past Week: (2-0), defeated Notre Dame, 73-71; beat Boston College, 80-59
Upcoming: ACC Tournament (Thursday)
Recognitions: Trent Forrest, G (Skip Prosser Award)
Weekly Commitments: None
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 46 nationally, 10th in ACC (2 total commitments)*
Big Picture: Florida State clinched its first-ever ACC regular season title with two wins this past week. The Seminoles will likely be no worse than a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Weekly Review

(7) FSU 73, Notre Dame 71
Wednesday, March 4

Florida State trailed by 13 points in the second half, but closed the game on a 25-10 run to earn its first-ever win at Notre Dame. Trent Forrest got his own rebound and scored the winning basket with less than four seconds to play. M.J. Walker sparked the comeback on a night where he had a team-high 21 points. Forrest and Devin Vassell added 15 and 13 points, respectively. Prentiss Hubb paced Notre Dame with a game-high 24 points. John Mooney and Dane Goodwin each scored 16 points for the Fighting Irish in the loss. Mooney grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Boston College 62, (7) FSU 80
Saturday, March 7

Florida State held Boston College to 33 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers as it finished undefeated at home and clinched the ACC regular season title. The Seminoles never trailed in the contest and were fueled by their big men. Balsa Koprivica finished 6-for-6 shooting with 15 points. Dominik Olejniczak added 14 points in the victory. Derryck Thornton paced Boston College with 13 points, but on just 3-for-12 shooting.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 24-7 (11-7 ACC)
Ranking: No. 22 AP Poll; No. 23 USA Today Coaches Poll; No. 4 seed ACC Tournament
Past Week: (2-1), lost to Notre Dame, 70-67; beat Wake Forest, 76-47 (ACC Tournament); beat Louisville, 62-60 (ACC Tournament)
Upcoming: vs. NC State (Sunday, ACC Championship); NCAA Tournament (TBD)
Recognitions: Kiah Gillespie, F (All-ACC first-team); Nicki Ekhomu, G (All-ACC first team); River Baldwin, F (All-ACC Academic); Morgan Jones, G (All-ACC Academic)
Big Picture: For just the second time ever, Florida State will play for the ACC title on Sunday. With a win, the Seminoles could host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Weekly Review

Notre Dame 70, (19) FSU 67
Sunday, March 1

Florida State entered its regular season finale having never beat Notre Dame and left in the same predicament. The Seminoles led by as many as 11 in the third quarter, but could not hold on. Marta Sniezek scored with under a minute to go to put Notre Dame ahead for good. With 10 seconds left, FSU’s Sammie Puisis missed the go-ahead 3-pointer. Kiah Gillespie led FSU with 22 points and seven rebounds. Nausia Woolfolk chipped in with 20 points in the loss. Sam Brunelle shot 7-for-11 from deep and led the Fighting Irish with a game-high 25 points.

(13) Wake Forest 47, (4) FSU 76
Friday, March 6 (ACC Tournament Quarterfinals)

Florida State shot 52 percent from the field, held Wake Forest to 35 percent and never trailed in its first ACC Tournament game in Greensboro. The Seminoles also shot 10-for-17 from deep and held a 10-rebound advantage on the glass. Nausia Woolfolk and Kourtney Weber added tallied 15 points for FSU in the win. Ivana Raca paced Wake Forest with a game-high 18 points.

(4) FSU 62, (1) Louisville 60
Saturday, March 7 (ACC Tournament Semifinals)

Florida State led for most of the day, but didn’t go ahead for good until the game’s final minute. After a foul that led to the exit of FSU star forward Kiah Gillespie, Kourtney Weber knocked down two free throws to put the Seminoles up 57-56. Weber stole the ensuing inbound and Nicki Ekhomu knocked down a pair of free throws to push the lead to three. Louisville’s Jazmine Jones attempted a jumper that would have tied the game late, but it was no good. Nausia Woolfolk led FSU with 16 points. Gillespie added 15 points and 16 rebounds before exiting. Ekhomu scored 14 in the win. Dana Evans led Louisville with 16 points, but on just 4-for-14 shooting. Jones tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Baseball

Record: 9-5 (0-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 11 D1Baseball; No. 12 Baseball America; No. 14 NCBWA; No. 14 Collegiate Baseball
Past Week: (1-3), lost to Texas Tech, 4-3; beat Mercer in 11 innings, 9-8; lost at Duke, 2-1; lost at Duke, 4-3
Upcoming: at Duke (Sunday); at Florida (Tuesday); vs. Illinois State (Wednesday); vs. Georgia Tech (Friday); vs. Georgia Tech (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State had one really nice win this week, but the Seminoles have lost four of their last five games and all to top-20 competition.

Weekly Review

(2) Texas Tech 4, (12) FSU 3
Sunday, March 1

Texas Tech rallied late on Sunday to beat Florida State for a second day in a row. After a 3-run home run from Elijah Cabell put FSU up 3-2, the Red Raiders responded with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. Cody Masters’ sacrifice fly in the eighth inning put Texas Tech ahead for good. Cole Stilwell and Cal Conley each homered for Texas Tech in the win. FSU managed just two hits.

Mercer 8, (12) FSU 9
Tuesday, March 3 (11 innings)

Florida State rallied from three runs down in the eighth to hand Mercer its first loss of the season in a game originally scheduled to be played on the Bears’ home field. The Seminoles scored three runs in the eighth, including two unearned, to draw even. In the 11th inning, Tyler Martin delivered the walk-off single for the Seminoles. Mercer homered four times in the loss, including twice from Colby Thomas. Thomas and Brandon Michie, who also homered, each had three RBIs for the Bears. Elijah Cabell had FSU’s only homer. Cabell and Martin each plated two runs in the victory.

(12) FSU 1, (16) Duke 2
Friday, March 6

Florida State had no answer for Duke starting pitcher Bryce Jarvis as the Seminoles finished with just one hit in their ACC opener. Jarvis allowed just the hit in seven shutout innings for Duke. Jarvis struck out 12 and issued just one walk. C.J. Van Eyk was stellar in six innings for FSU, yielding just a run on three hits. Michael Rothenberg finished with an RBI and a run scored for the Blue Devils. Tyler Martin scored the only run of the game for FSU.

(12) FSU 3, (16) Duke 4
Saturday, March 7

Florida State left 15 runners on base as Duke clinched the first ACC series of the year. Elijah Cabell homered for FSU while Reese Albert was 2-for-5 with a 2-run double in the loss. Michael Rothenberg drove in two runs and scored a run for the Blue Devils. Duke starter Cooper Stinson earned the win by allowing a run on five hits in five innings while walking three and striking out seven.

Men’s Tennis

Record: 11-3 (2-0 ACC)
Ranking: No. 25 ITA
Past Week: (2-0), beat Georgia Tech, 4-1; beat Clemson, 4-0
Upcoming: at Miami (Sunday); vs. Duke (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a hard-fought loss to Oklahoma, Florida State opened ACC play with a pair of impressive wins.

Weekly Review

Georgia Tech 1, (15) FSU 4
Sunday, March 1

Florida State lost only the doubles point as it started ACC off on the right foot with a win over Georgia Tech. Sebastian Arcila, Chase Wood and Loris Pourroy all won in straight sets for the Seminoles. Rana Roop Bhullar sealed the win for FSU with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over the Yellow Jackets’ Brandon Freestone.

(25) FSU 4, Clemson 0
Thursday, March 5

Rana Roop Bhullar, Loris Pourroy and Enzo Le Seguillon all won in straight sets as FSU earned its first ACC road win of the season. Roop Bhullar clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Clemson’s Mike Agee. The Tigers were leading on two of the other three courts when the match ended.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 13-3 (2-1 ACC)
Ranking: No. 4 ITA
Past Week: (1-1) lost to Ohio State, 4-3 (Lake Nona); beat Clemson, 5-2
Upcoming: at Virginia (Sunday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State suffered another nail-biting loss to a top-5 team on Sunday against Ohio State, but bounced back nicely against Clemson to get over .500 in ACC play.

Weekly Review

(5) Ohio State 4, (2) FSU 3
Sunday, March 1 (Lake Nona)

Much like the North Carolina match just more than a week prior, Florida State had Ohio State on the ropes, but couldn’t finish. The Seminoles led 3-2, but the Buckeyes grinded out a pair of wins to escape. With things even 3-3, all eyes turned to Court 4 where Ohio State’s Kolie Allen edged FSU’s Sasha Hill in a hard-fought 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 thriller of a dual. Nandini Das and Victoria Allen each won singles duals for the Seminoles in straight sets.

(4) FSU 5, Clemson 2
Friday, March 6

Clemson won a pair of singles duals, but not until Florida State had already clinched the match. After taking the singles point, Victoria Allen, Andrea Garcia and Petra Hule all won in straight sets for the Seminoles. Hule clinched the victory for FSU with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Clemson’s Mackenzy Middlebrooks.

Track and Field

Ranking: Men No. 9 USTFCCCA, No. 1 South Region; Women No. 6 South Region
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: NCAA Indoor Championships (Friday and Saturday)
Recognitions: Trey Cunningham (South Region Track Athlete of the Year); Ka’Tia Seymour (South Region Track Athlete of the Year)
Big Picture: All that remains in the indoor season is the NCAA Indoor Championships. The FSU men appear to be legitimate contenders.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 14 CSCAA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: NCAA Zone B Diving (Monday through Wednesday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State will cap its season later this month with the NCAA Championships.

Softball

Record: 15-6
Ranking: No. 12 NFCA Coaches Poll; No. 9 D1Softball; No. 11 USA Softball
Past Week: (4-1), lost to Villanova, 9-6 (Wooo Pig Classic); beat Holy Cross, 8-0; beat UCF, 8-3; beat Longwood, 6-0 (THE Spring Games); beat Charleston Southern, 10-5 (THE Spring Games)
Upcoming: vs. Pennsylvania (Sunday, THE Spring Games); vs. Detroit Mercy (Sunday, THE Spring Games); at Florida (Wednesday); at Duke (Friday); at Duke (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State bounced back from a tough loss to Villanova with four straight victories. FSU will have a big tune-up game at Florida before beginning ACC play.

Weekly Review

Villanova 9, (9) FSU 6
Sunday, March 1 (Wooo Pig Classic)

Florida State scored the game’s first four runs, but an 8-run third inning for Villanova was too much to overcome. Sydney Hates delivered the big blow for the Wildcats with a 3-run home run during the inning. Sydney Sherrill and Cassidy Davis each homered and drove in three runs for FSU in the loss. The Seminoles finished their stay in Waco with a 3-2 record.

Holy Cross 0, (12) FSU 8
Tuesday, March 3 (6 innings)

Caylan Arnold, Kathryn Sandercock and Brianna Enter combined to allow just two hits and no walks as Florida State won in its first home game in nearly a month. Sydney Sherrill finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored. Devyn Flaherty and Elizabeth Mason each plated two runs in the win.

(12) FSU 8, (22) UCF 3
Wednesday, March 4

Florida State turned a pitchers’ dual into a laughter on Wednesday. The Seminoles led 1-0 after five innings, but pushed across two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings and three in the seventh. Chloe Culp, Cassidy Davis and Josie Muffley all homered in the win. Culp finished with three RBIs in the win. Denali Schappacher went 2-for-3 with a run scored for UCF. The Knights scored all three of their runs in the seventh.

(12) FSU 6, Longwood 0
Friday, March 6 (THE Spring Games)

Florida State held Longwood to just a single hit as it opened its trip to Longwood on the right foot. Kathryn Sandercock allowed just a hit in six shutout innings. Sydney Sherrill was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kaia LoPreste was 2-for-4 with a solo home run for FSU. Leah Powell had Longwood’s lone hit.

Creighton 1, (12) FSU 2
Saturday, March 7 (THE Spring Games)

Dani Morgan’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the sixth served as the game-winner and accounted for all the Florida State offense as the Seminoles ran their winning streak to four. Caylan Arnold allowed just a run on three hits while striking out nine in seven innings to earn the win from the circle for the Seminoles. Senior outfield Ashley Cantu had two of the three Creighton hits and drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays.

Charleston Southern 5, (12) FSU 10
Saturday, March 7 (THE Spring Games)

Cassidy Davis, Dani Morgan, Devyn Flaherty, Chloe Culp and Elizabeth Mason all had two hits for Florida State which hit the 10-run mark for the first time in eight games. Mason and Morgan each homered for the Seminoles. Madison Koger was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for Charleston Southern in the loss.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: N/A
Past Week: FSU finished seventh at Cabo Collegiate
Upcoming: Valspar Collegiate Invitational (March 16-17)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU hasn’t played great in recent tournaments, but will have a nice rest before heading to Palm City next week.

Weekly Review

7th at Cabo Collegiate
Sunday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 3

Florida State was in the mix after two rounds, but struggled on the final day of the Cabo Collegiate to finish in a seventh-place tie in Mexico. As a team, FSU was +3. Arizona State won the tournament at -20. Florida State’s Jamie Li had the best tournament for the Seminoles, finishing in fourth place and three strokes off the lead at -5. Texas A&M’s Walker Lee took the individual crown at -8.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: N/A
Past Week: FSU finished second at the Florida State Match-Up and began the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
Upcoming: Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (Sunday); Valspar Augusta Invitational (Saturday and March 15)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a strong showing in Panama City, FSU sits in 14th-place out of 17 teams through two rounds in South Carolina.

Weekly Review

2nd at Florida State Match-Up
Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1

Florida State notched a second-place finish at the Nicklaus course in Panama City, but still finished 14 strokes behind first-place LSU. Beatrice Wallin and Amanda Doherty each finished in the top 5 for FSU. Wallin was in second place at +4. Doherty finished fourth at +7. LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad won the individual title by eight strokes at -4.

Beach Volleyball

Record: 12-1
Ranking: No. 3 AVCA Coaches
Past Week: (3-1), beat College of Charleston, 5-0 (Hilton Head Island Invitational); lost to USC, 3-2 (Hilton Head Island Invitational); beat UNC-Wilmington, 5-0 (North Florida Beach Volleyball Invite); beat North Florida, 5-0 (North Florida Beach Volleyball Invite)
Upcoming: vs. USC (Saturday, Stetson Beach Bash); vs. Hawaii (Saturday, Stetson Beach Bash)
Recognitions: Molly McBain and Alaina Chacon (CCSA Pair of the Week; AVCA National Pair of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU suffered its first loss of the season, but bounced back with a pair of easy wins. The Seminoles will have a week off before getting the opportunity to avenge its only loss of the year.

Weekly Review

College of Charleston 0, (3) FSU 5
Sunday, March 1 (Hilton Head Island Invitational)

Florida State didn’t lose a single set against College of Charleston as the Seminoles improved to 10-0. Maddie Anderson and Kate Privett clinched the match for FSU with a 21-7, 21-10 victory over College of Charleston’s Meghan Murphy and Brooke Harris. The Cougars only managed more than 15 points in a set on one court.

(4) USC 3, (3) FSU 2
Sunday, March 1 (Hilton Head Island Invitational)

With the score knotted 2-2, all eyes turned to Court 2 and the decisive third set. USC was able to clinch the match as Sammy Slater and Kyla Doig outlasted FSU’s Alice Zeimann and Madison Fitzpatrick, 21-18, 15-21, 15-13. Duals went three sets on three of the five courts. The USC combination of Audrey and Nicole Nourse and the Florida State duo of Payton Caffrey and Liz Waters-Leiga were the only pairs to win in straight sets.

(3) FSU 5, UNC-Wilmington 0
Saturday, March 7 (North Florida Beach Volleyball Invite)

Florida State kicked off its stay in Jacksonville by not losing a set. Kate Privett and Alice Zeimann clinched the match for the Seminoles with a 21-11, 21-14 win over UNC-Wilmington’s Brooks Hanshumaker and Lexie Hamilton. The Seahawks did not score more than 17 points in any set.

(3) FSU 5, North Florida 0
Saturday, March 7 (North Florida Beach Volleyball Invite)

There were a pair of 22-20 sets, but Florida State defeated North Florida without losing a single set. Liz Waters-Leiga and Payton Caffrey clinched things for the Seminoles with a 21-10, 21-18 victory over the Ospreys’ duo of Carleigh Semeniuk and Lauren Galinis.

Other News

FSU head football coach Mike Norvell announced his recruiting staff earlier this week.

FSU football began spring practice on Saturday.

FSU hoops head coach Leonard Hamilton was named a semifinalist for the Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year award.

FSU walk-on quarterback Wyatt Rector has moved to tight end for the spring.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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