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The Daily Nole — Dec. 3, 2021: FSU Women’s Hoops Pulls Away from Illinois in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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Lead Story

A strong third and fourth quarter were the difference on Thursday night as Florida State women’s basketball snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 67-58 win at Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Illinois scored seven straight points to draw even with No. 25 FSU midway through the third quarter, but the Seminoles answered with a 21-7 run and never looked back. FSU held the Fighting Illini to just 38% shooting in the second half.

Morgan Jones, Makayla Timpson and O’Mariah Gordon all finished with 12 points in the victory. Jones and Timpson grabbed 10 and nine rebounds, respectively. Aaliyah Nye finished with a game-high 17 points to lead Illinois.

With the win, FSU improves to 5-2 on the season. The Seminoles will be back at it on Sunday as they return home to take on Charleston Southern.

Between the Lines

FSU women’s hoops’ win was the lone scheduled athletic event for Thursday.

On the Agenda

FSU track and field begins its season on Friday with the Clemson Opener. FSU soccer and FSU volleyball each hope to keep its seasons alive. In Lincoln, Neb., FSU volleyball opens the NCAA Tournament against Kansas State. That contest begins at 5:30 p.m. ET and streams on ESPN+. FSU soccer takes on Rutgers in the College Cup. That match begins at 7 p.m. ET and airs on ESPNU.

News and Notes

FSU soccer’s Gabby Carle has won the Senior CLASS Award. The award “focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.”

Three FSU soccer players were named All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches. Jaelin Howell and Emily Madril were named to the first team. Yujie Zhao was named to the second team.

FSU football defensive tackle Robert Cooper announced that he would return for the 2022 season.

FSU offensive lineman Ira Henry has entered the transfer portal.

Helpful Links

Fifth Quarter: PFF’s Top Defensive Performers for FSU in 2021
Warchant: 25 hours of flying, 6 weeks, 6 games, 2 continents, and 1 mother’s love
Chop Chat: FSU football: Reaction to Robert Cooper returning for 2022 season

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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