LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kiah Gillespie scored 25 points to lead No. 17 Florida State to a 67-59 upset over No. 5 Louisville on Thursday night.
Nicki Ekhomu added 18 points, as the Seminoles (19-4, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended Louisville’s win streak at 13 games.
Florida State trailed for just 13 seconds in the game.
Gillespie helped set the tone early. She scored nine of her points and grabbed 10 of her 13 rebounds in the first half.
Florida State shot just 34.3% to lead 26-17 at halftime. The Seminoles outrebounded Louisville 29-16 in the first half, including 10 offensive boards. Louisville shot just 24.1% before the break.
Louisville (21-2, 10-1) trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half, but shot 58.3% in the third period and cut the deficit to just 42-40 on a Yacine Diop jumper just before the buzzer. A Kylee Shook putback tied the game 17 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Seminoles scored the next 13 points to effectively put the game away.
Dana Evans led Louisville with 18 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career. Bionca Dunham added 14 for the Cardinals, who shot a season-low 34.4% from the field.
Florida State: The Seminoles shot just 38.1%, but Ekhomu and Gillespie helped the Seminoles earn their fifth win in six tries against ranked teams this season. It was their ninth win ever against a team ranked in the AP’s top five.
Louisville: Usually, the Cardinals are the bigger team. On Thursday, the Seminoles imposed their will against them. Louisville’s six points in the second quarter were a season-low, and the Cardinals couldn’t climb out of the hole in the second half.
Florida State returns home to play Virginia on Sunday afternoon.