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Slaughter helps No. 9 Florida State beat No. 25 Syracuse

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Ivey Slaughter had 22 points and Adut Bulgak added 10 points and 16 rebounds as No. 9 Florida State beat No. 25 Syracuse 62-52 on Monday night.

Bulgak had her 11th double-double of the season to lift the Seminoles (21-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their eighth straight win.

Brianna Butler scored 15 points, and Diamond Henderson and Taylor Ford added 10 points apiece for Syracuse (15-7, 5-4).

Florida State was in control early as Slaughter hit a jump shot that put the Seminoles ahead 22-11 with 8:51 to halftime.

Syracuse could only cut the lead to three, 39-36, on a Ford 3-pointer with 11:37 left in the second half. But Slaughter and Shakayla Thomas had four points each as Florida State pulled back in front, 46-38, with 8:17 to go.

Maegan Conwright added 10 points for Florida State, which shot 24 of 63 (38.1 percent) from the floor.

Briana Day added nine points and 14 rebounds for Syracuse, which shot just 20 of 67 (29.9 percent) from the floor.

Florida State won despite committing 21 turnovers, including five in the first half by guard Leticia Romero. And the Seminoles struggled from beyond the 3-point line, making just 2 of 12 shots.

Syracuse had five assists and 19 turnovers.

STREAK BUILDING:

The Seminoles’ eight-game win streak is their longest in ACC play since winning eight consecutive in Feb. 2010. That was the last year Florida State won an ACC regular season title.

FLAWS TO DIAMOND

Syracuse’s Diamond Henderson has scored 20 or more points three times this season and averages 12 points per game. But against Florida State, Henderson shot just 3 of 10 from the floor for 10 points.

TIP-INS

Florida State: Bulgak’s career-high is 18 rebounds vs. Duke on Jan. 11.

Syracuse: The Orange were just 1 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half. Syracuse came in to the game averaging 29 percent from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT:

Florida State: plays host to Miami on Sunday.

Syracuse: plays host to North Carolina on Thursday.

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