Florida St. women beat No. 12 Iowa for Junkanoo Jam title
BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — Nausia Woolfolk scored 15 of her career-high 25 points in the second half to help Florida State beat No. 12 Iowa 71-67 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam.
Kiah Gillespie had 13 points and nine rebounds, Valencia Myers added 10 and nine and Nicki Ekhomu also scored 10 for Florida State.
Tania Davis was fouled as she hit a 3-pointer that trimmed Iowa’s deficit to 69-67 with 5.7 seconds left but she missed the free throw. Myers grabbed the rebound, was fouled and hit both free throws to cap the scoring.
Davis led the Hawkeyes (4-1) with 22 points, including 17 in the second half, and six assists. Megan Gustafson had 16 points, on 8-of-8 shooting, and eight rebounds and Hannah Stewart added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Alexis Sevillian scored four points as the Hawkeyes jumped to an 8-0 lead and Makenzie Meyer’s layup gave them an 18-10 lead early in the second quarter. Woolfolk answered with a 3-pointer and then made two free throws as FSU scored the first nine points during a 20-6 run that gave the Seminoles the lead for good when Sayawni Lassiter hit a 3-pointer with 3:51 left that made it 30-24 in the first half. Iowa committed seven of its 19 turnovers in the second quarter.
Woolfolk made 8 of 11 from the free-throw line, where Florida State (6-1) outscored Iowa 14-3. The Hawkeyes, who came in averaging 20.5 free-throw attempts per game, shot just four free throws Saturday.