TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - After having a week off between games, Florida State started off slowly on Sunday against Clemson before getting into a rhythm in the second half.
Leading by seven at halftime, the 10th-ranked Seminoles took control in the third quarter of a 75-66 victory.
“I didn’t think we were game ready and I challenged them at halftime. I thought we had a better second half,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said.
The Seminoles were up 37-30 in the third quarter when they scored 19 straight points over a 6:40 span to put it out of reach. Clemson committed nine turnovers during the run.
Shakayla Thomas had 17 points and Emiah Bingley added 15 for Florida State (19-4, 9-1 ACC), which tied its best start in conference play with the win. The 2014-15 and 2008-09 squads also won nine of its first 10 ACC games.
Brittany Brown added nine points and seven rebounds while Leticia Romero and Ivey Slaughter scored nine apiece.
“When we came out offensively things were flowing well but not defensively. In the second half we got them to toss the ball over to us a little bit,” said Bingley, who tied a career high with five 3-pointers.
Danielle Edwards led Clemson with 14 points. The Tigers (4-19, 0-10 ACC) have dropped 11 straight overall and their last 26 in ACC play dating back to last season.
“I told my kids at halftime that Florida State was going to come out with an extra bounce and the turnovers got us in a hole,” Clemson coach Audra Smith said. “We were telegraphing our passes (in the second half) and they were waiting for it.”
Florida State’s next game is a key road test at Duke on Thursday. The Seminoles have dropped their last nine at Cameron Indoor Stadium and haven’t won their since 2001. All four of Florida State’s losses have come away from home and all have been against ranked teams.
“We can’t slouch on anyone especially with these next games coming up,” Bingley said. “In a few of those losses it was us that took it away from ourselves. Now we have learned and have to finish them out.”
The game was close for most of the first half with three ties and six lead changes. It was tied at 24 when Florida State closed out the half on a 9-2 run, including a 3-pointer by Bingley with four seconds remaining.
Clemson: The Tigers led for 1:15 in the first quarter, which marks the first time in three games against the Seminoles that they have led. … Nelly Perry, who was averaging 15.2 points per game in conference play, had nine points and fouled out. … The Tigers have had 13 different starting lineups this season. Edwards is the only one that has appeared in every lineup.
Florida State: The Seminoles have won 14 straight against Clemson, which ties their longest win streak against an ACC opponent. Florida State also won 14 straight against Wake Forest from 2002-11. … During the win streak over the Tigers, Florida State has won every game by double digits with the average margin of victory being 23 points.
Clemson hosts Wake Forest on Thursday.
Florida State travels to Duke on Thursday
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