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Balance Helps Florida State # 25 Women Dominate Illini 67-58

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Morgan Jones scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and a pair of freshmen scored 12 points off the bench and the Florida State No.25 pushed Illinois back 67 -58 in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge Thursday night.

O’Mariah Gordon scored a career-high and Makayla Timpson tied her best with nine rebounds, a career-high for the Seminoles (5-2), who ended a two-game losing streak and rose to 12 -2 in the challenge with their ninth – direct victory.

Aaliyah Nye led the Illini (3-4) with 17 points, Jada Peebles added 12 and De’Myla Brown 11.

Jones hit a jumper and Timpson called with a three-runner game to give Florida State a 22-18 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Seminoles never trailed after that – leading 33-28 at halftime – but didn’t pull Illinois away until Gordon and Timpson combined for the first nine points of the fourth quarter.

Adding Timpson’s free throw to close the third quarter, FSU led 58-44 with 7:25 to go.

Illinois, 4-10 in the Challenge, shot 34% (18 of 53) and recorded 23 turnovers.


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