SAN DIEGO —
Florida State entered leading the ACC in field goal percentage at 49.5 percent, and made 50 percent (31 of 62) Sunday, though they made 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Eagles trailed 37-30 at halftime but held close in the second. BC’s Katie Zenevitch made a layup to cut Florida State’s lead to 72-70 with 1:52 left, but Morgan Toles hit a jumper and Deluzio and two free throws for the Seminoles while the Eagles missed their last three shots.
No. 16 N. Carolina 65, Clemson 58
CLEMSON, S.C. — Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and had six steals as North Carolina used a key 19-2 second-half run to come back and beat Clemson in each team’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
The Tar Heels (13-1) trailed 43-35 after Chancie Dunn’s layup for Clemson. McDaniel responded with a layup with 12:20 left, sparking the 19-2 run that put UNC up 54-45 with 6:23 to play. McDaniel scored eight points during the run, which came amid 15 consecutive missed shots by the Tigers. Clemson (4-8) made just 4 of 21 field goals over the game’s final 14 minutes.
North Carolina forced 35 Clemson turnovers and converted for 36 points.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 15 points, six steals, six rebounds and five assists for the Tar Heels.
Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 22 points while Quinyotta Pettaway had 10 points and a career-best 18 rebounds.
No. 13 Tennessee 66, Rutgers 47
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee used a strong defensive performance and balanced scoring to defeat Rutgers.
The victory was the 1,200th in Tennessee’s program history, an NCAA best. It was also the ninth consecutive win over Rutgers for the Lady Volunteers (9-3).
Tennessee led by as many as 28 points in the second half after leading 33-13 at halftime.
The Scarlet Knights (8-4) shot 34.6 percent (18 of 52) from the field and just 22.2 percent (6 of 27) in the first half.
Rutgers’ 13 first-half points were the fewest Tennessee has allowed in a first half this season. Rutgers missed its first seven shots as the Lady Vols jumped out to an early 8-0 lead.