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LIVE BLOG: Florida State Women’s Basketball takes on Missouri State in NCAA Women’s Tournament First Four

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament’s inaugural First Four featuring the 11-seeded Florida State...
NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament’s inaugural First Four featuring the 11-seeded Florida State Seminoles taking on fellow 11 seed Missouri State. The winner advances to play 6-seeded Ohio State on Saturday.(Ryan Kelly/WCTV Sports)
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 9:04 PM EDT
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Baton Rouge, LA. (WCTV) - Hey everybody! WCTV Sports’ Dominic Miranda and Ryan Kelly here at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the campus of LSU. It’s the site for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament’s inaugural First Four featuring the 11-seeded Florida State Seminoles taking on fellow 11 seed Missouri State. The winner advances to play 6-seeded Ohio State on Saturday. Live updates below:

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FINAL: Florida St. 50, Missouri St. 61

Poor shooting (28%) and turnovers (18) doom the Noles tonight. With all FSU battled through this season, it was a heck of a ride to the NCAA Tournament. FSU ends its season 17-14. O’Mariah Gordon leads FSU in scoring with 12 points.

1:33 | 4Q: Florida St. 47, Missouri St. 59

3:06 | 4Q: Florida St. 46, Missouri St. 56

Lady Bears continue to get layups. FSU continues to turn it over. 17 turnovers now for the ‘Noles combined 29% shooting from the floor.

5:00 | 4Q: Florida St. 44, Missouri St. 52

Kay Kay Timpson went on a personal 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 6, but FSU continues to struggle shooting the ball. 5 minutes to play in the ballgame. The ‘Noles have to make it happen. FSU ball out of the media timeout.

END 3RD: Florida St. 39, Missouri St. 50

Lady Bears end the frame on a run. Not a lot of contest by the FSU defense. A lot of unimpeded runs to the rim for Missouri St. ‘Noles are going to have to clamp down on defense and make some shots to get back in it. FSU 11-40 from the field (27.5%) with 13 turnovers. Did not attempt a free throw that quarter.

4:11 | 3Q: Florida State 35, Missouri St. 42.

FSU’s success, again, comes when they get it inside. Valencia Myers with a great move inside and Kourtney Weber with a fast break bucket gets it to within 7 before the media timeout. ‘Noles have to get to the line like they did in the first half to cut into this lead.

5:43 | 3Q: Florida St. 31, Missouri St. 40

Missouri St. forcing turnovers and converting in transition to start the quarter. 11-2 run for the Lady Bears. FSU forced to call a timeout. Shooting woes continuing this quarter for the ‘Noles.

HALFTIME: Florida St. 29, Missouri St. 29

FSU scratched, clawed, & completely ramped up the intensity on the defensive end that quarter. 18-11 the ‘Noles outscore the Lady Bears to tie things up. An impressive display of resolve from FSU. O’Mariah Gordon leads Florida St. with 8 points. Sara Bejedi with 7 points.

FSU combatting a 6-25 shooting performance from the field in the first half by getting to the Free Throw line often. 16-20 from the line. If March has taught us anything, its that the team that makes free throws down the stretch wins. Great trend for the ‘Noles

7:30 | 2Q: Florida St. 15, Missouri St. 18

Immense credit to FSU. Not rattled by the early struggles and steep deficit. Just continuing to chip away and string together stops. Having success inside on the offensive end too. A defensive battle with high intensity between these two.

END 1Q: Florida State 11, Missouri St. 18

Rough opening frame for the ‘Noles. Sara Bejedi gets a runner to drop at the buzzer to pull within 7. Far from insurmountable. But FSU is going to have to shoot better. 3-13 from the floor plus 4 turnovers.

4:47 | 1Q: Florida State 1, Missouri St. 10

The Lady Bears defense has FSU all out of sorts on the offensive end. 0-7 from the floor for the ‘Noles and 3 turnovers in the early going.

7:48 | 1Q: Florida St. 0, Missouri St. 7

FSU off to a slow start. 0-4 from the field, 0-2 from 3. Missouri St. conversely 3-4 from the field, 1-1 from 3. Coach Sue calls a timeout to settle her team down.

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