Miami women top Florida State, forge tie atop ACC

Riquna Williams scored 24 points and No. 6 Miami moved into a tie atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings by beating Florida State 67-60 Sunday.

Shenise Johnson added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who took advantage of 24 turnovers by Florida State. Miami scored 21 points off turnovers to four for the Seminoles.

By winning their 39th consecutive home game, the Hurricanes (24-3, 13-1) pulled into a tie for the league lead with No. 5 Duke, which lost at Maryland earlier Sunday. Miami plays at Duke on Friday.

Florida State (13-15, 5-9) has lost four games in a row for the first time since 2003-04. The Hurricanes swept the season series and earned their 13th consecutive victory.

The Seminoles outshot the Hurricanes and outrebounded them, but turnovers more than compensated for the smaller, quicker Hurricanes. Their full-court press repeatedly created scoring chances, and they outscored Florida State 13-0 on fast breaks.

Miami also outscored the Seminoles by 15 points from 3-point range, where Florida State went 0 for 5.

FSU's Natasha Howard had her 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but she committed six turnovers. Cierra Bravard had 12 points and Chelsea Davis 11 for the Seminoles, who never led in the second half.

Alexa Deluzio's basket capped an 8-0 run that allowed Florida State to briefly tie it at 57 with 5:20 left, but that was their final basket. Miami regained the lead for good with 4:10 to go on a follow shot by Williams, and the Hurricanes sealed the win by sinking five of six free throws in the final 35 seconds.

Miami raced to an 8-2 lead then fell behind 19-16. Williams and Johnson sank 3-pointers in the final 70 seconds of the first half to give the Hurricanes a 36-31 halftime advantage.

Williams converted a three-point play and sank a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to make it 50-39 — Miami's biggest lead.

The Seminoles wore pink uniforms and the Hurricanes wore pink warmups in recognition of breast cancer awareness.