No. 8 Texas Outlasts Fourth-Ranked Noles in Double OT

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Brooke McCarty scored a career-high 29 points as No. 8 Texas won its 19th straight Monday night, beating No. 4 Florida State 92-88 in double overtime.

The junior guard, who shot 11 for 16 from the field and 5 for 8 on 3-pointers, scored three points in the second extra period. Ariel Atkins added 21 points as the Longhorns (21-4) got their second road win against a top-five team in eight days. They won at then-No. 2 Baylor on Feb. 6.

Shakayla Thomas scored 23 points, and Brittany Brown and Ama Degbeon added 13 apiece for Florida State (23-3), which snapped a 10-game winning streak. The Seminoles missed their last six shots and were held without a field goal over the final 3:39, finishing 29 for 86 from the field.

Texas trailed 59-46 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter before they went on a 22-4 run to take a 68-63 lead with 1:23 remaining. Atkins had 10 points during the run while McCarty added six.

Florida State, which shot a season-low 33.7 percent for the game, was 1 of 11 at one point in the fourth but went on a 5-2 run to send the game into overtime, including Leticia Romero's 3-pointer from the right corner with 1 second remaining.

• Monday night’s classic between FSU and Texas was the first double-OT game the Seminoles had played in 11 years. FSU’s last game that went to two overtimes or longer was a 94-83 triple-OT win over Virginia Tech in Tallahassee on Feb. 19, 2005.
• FSU’s last overtime game in general came on Dec. 3, 2014, at Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. FSU won that game 67-64. The Seminoles are now 24-19 all-time in overtime games.
• Junior forward Shakayla Thomas’ 23 points and 11 rebounds marks her eighth career double-double and third this season. Thomas went 9-of-34 overall, with her 34 field goal attempts tying the school record shared by Bev Burnett vs. Georgia Southern on Dec. 16, 1987.
• Thomas now has 14 career 20-point games, including a team-best six this season.
• Senior guard Brittany Brown recorded her 127th career start, tying former player Natasha Howard for the most in FSU history.
• Redshirt junior guard Imani Wright recorded her fourth double-figure performance in six career games vs. Texas. She finished with 11 points and tallied three 3-point field goals, the 13th time this season she has made three or more. Wright’s 56 triples are the eighth-most in a season at FSU.
• For the first time in her career, junior center Ama Degbeon enjoyed back-to-back double-figure games, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and going 7-of-8 from the line. Her 18 minutes tied for her second-most this season.
• Heading into the Clemson game on Jan. 15, Degbeon was averaging 1.8 points per game. Since that game (eight games), she has averaged 7.4 over the eight-game stretch.
• Texas guard Brooke McCarty’s 29 points and 11 made field goals (11-of-16) were the most by an FSU opposing player this season.
• The Seminoles hoisted 86 field goal attempts, their most since shooting the same amount in an 85-77 loss to Duke in overtime on Jan. 23, 2014.
• It took 26 games for an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against the Seminoles – Texas shot 50.7 percent.
• FSU was able to come away with more second-chance points (25-20) and lead in bench points (25-19).
• A total of five players fouled out – Leticia Romero and Ivey Slaughter for FSU, and Joyner Holmes, Kelsey Lang and Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau for Texas.
• Monday’s game was just the third Top 25 non-conference game for FSU in the month of February.
• FSU is now 4-2 all-time in AP Top 10 matchups, including 1-1 this season. Despite falling Monday, FSU defeated No. 9 Louisville, 72-65, on Jan. 12.
• Texas’ McCarty played all 50 minutes, while Brown led FSU with 45 minutes played.