TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Sam Brunelle drilled a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Notre Dame rallied to defeat No. 19 Florida State 70-67 on Sunday to close the regular season.
Down three after a Notre Dame free throw with five seconds to go, Florida State’s Nikki Ekhomu was fouled on a 3-point attempt with a second left. Ekhomu missed the first free throw, made the second and was called for a turnover with an intentional miss on the third. The Irish added a free throw.
The Irish were down 41-30 when the Seminoles scored the first six points of the second half but Brunelle’s 3-pointer with a second left in the third quarter cut the deficit to 52-50.
Marta Sniezek, a graduate transfer from Stanford, had eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter, including the layup that put the Irish up 68-66 with 35 seconds left. FSU missed a pair of shots before Destinee Walker made a free throw with five seconds left to up the lead to 69-66.
Mikayla Vaughn scored 12 points for the Irish (13-17, 8-10), who take a three-game winning streak into the first round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday. Walker added 10.
Kiah Gillespie scored 22 points and Nausia Woolfolk had 20 for the Seminoles (22-7, 11-7), who could be a four to six seed.
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