Alix scores 25 as No. 10 Florida State outlasts Pitt, 66-59
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A.J. Alix scored 25 points to lead No. 10 Florida State to a 66-59 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
After a back-and-forth game that featured 14 lead changes, the Seminoles pulled ahead with an 8-0 run over 2:07 late in the fourth quarter to end Pitt’s upset bid.
It was Alix that started the run with a 3-pointer to give Florida State a 53-49 lead with 4:27 to play. Alix, who is second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in assists per game, instead did most of the scoring herself, finishing 8 for 13 from the floor and 7 for 9 from 3-point range.
Her 25 points were one off her career and the highest total she’s scored in ACC play. Alix was a graduate transfer from TCU before this season. She also had four assists.
Forward Shakayla Thomas had 19 points while Imani Wright scored 14 points, but was an uncharacteristic 2 of 12 from 3-point range. Wright’s pair of threes was good enough to give her the Florida State single-season record with 79.
Alayna Gribble scored 13 points to lead the Panthers (10-14, 2-9 ACC) while Yacine Diop recorded 12 points and eight rebounds. Diop has scored in double digits in nine of Pitt’s last 10 games.
Florida State (19-4, 7-3) improved to 5-0 all-time against Pitt, despite the Panthers leading at the end of each of the first three quarters.
Florida State: The Seminoles’ comeback win helped them avoid a three-game ACC losing streak for the first time since 2013-14.
Pitt: The Panthers weren’t able to build upon the momentum from their first road ACC win in nearly two years at Clemson on Thursday. Pitt hasn’t won back-to-back conference games since Jan. 22, 2017 and is a combined 6-21 over the last two seasons in conference play.
Florida State: Returns home to host Virginia on Thursday.
Pitt: Will have Thursday off and return to action next Sunday at Boston College