After losing it past two games, Florida State had hoped to regain its footing in Sunday’s ACC opener against visiting Virginia Tech.
The Seminoles also had history on their side against the Hokies, winning the past nine games - a stretch that began with a 70-54 win on Jan. 26, 2014.
Instead, FSU will head into the Christmas holidays searching for answers.
Elizabeth Kitley scored 34 points and Georgia Amoore added 20 and the Virginia Tech women's basketball team beat FSU 92-75 before a Tucker Civic Center crowd of 2,155.
With Tuesday’s game at Kent State canceled due to COVID protocols by the Golden Flashes, FSU (6-5 overall, 0-1 ACC) doesn’t play again until Thursday, Dec. 30 at Wake Forest.
“It was really disappointing,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said.
“I felt like we had some things under control, we were sticking with our game plan, and then for whatever reason the different frustrations allowed us to lose our focus and give up 92 points, which will never win in an ACC game.”
The Seminoles (6-5 overall, 0-1 ACC) were led by Morgan Jones (21 points) and Kourtney Weber (14).
Jones delivered her fifth career 20-point game on 8-of-14 shooting. Weber was 6-of-10 from the floor with a team-high four assists.
“As a team I thought we could have given a lot more effort on defense and got a lot more stops,” Weber added.
“Our offense was flowing, but having that defensive presence that we’ve always had…We’ve got to bring that back.”
FSU shot 47 percent from the floor and knocked down seven 3-point field goals, but lost the battle on the boards for the first time this year as Virginia Tech (9-3, 1-0) out-rebounded FSU, 33-24.
The Seminoles did a solid job of taking care of the basketball, only committing nine turnovers while adding 15 assists. Freshman point guard O’Mariah Gordon earned the starting nod on Sunday.
Junior Sammie Puisis chipped in with 10 points off the bench, which FSU out-scored the undermanned Hokies, 28-16. Virginia Tech’s Georgia Amoore had a strong game with 20 points and eight assists.
The first period looked hopeful for the Noles, providing them with their largest lead of the game at five points. Weber put up nine points alone in the first period, going 5-of-5 from the floor.
Virginia Tech started their dominance and took the lead early into the second period after scoring seven unanswered points.
The Seminoles came back with five of their own to take the lead for the last time of the game. The Hokies sealed their lead with a half-court buzzer shot at the end of the first half by Amoore, taking a 46-38 lead at the half.
Virginia Tech dominated the second half, scoring 46 points to FSU’s 37. Jones finished the game with 21 points, making this her 10th consecutive game in double digit scoring.
“I have every belief in this team,” Semrau said. “We have really talented players that will figure it out.”
- FSU Sports Information contributed to this report
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