CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Dominique Toussaint scored five of her 14 points in the final 1:27, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and Virginia held No. 4 Florida State to five points in the fourth quarter in a 60-51 victory Thursday night.
Toussaint's 3-pointer, just the third of the night for the Cavaliers, put them in front 53-51, and after a turnover by the Seminoles, she hit a runner along the baseline from about 8 feet with 51 seconds left to put Virginia (17-9, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead to stay.
Shakayla Thomas scored 11 points and Brittany Brown and Ivey Slaughter had 10 each for Florida State (23-4, 11-2), which lost its second in a row and fell out of a first-place tie with Notre Dame. The Seminoles shot just 35 percent (21-60) and 17.4 percent from 3-point territory, missing 19 of their 23 attempts.
The Seminoles used a 13-5 run to start the third quarter to open an eight-point lead, but the Cavaliers finally pulled even at 48 with 6:08 remaining on a baseline jumper by Breyana Mason. Mason's foul-line jumper gave Virginia a 50-48 advantage with 4:17 remaining.
POST-GAME NOTES FROM FSU SPORTS INFORMATION: • The severity of Shakayla Thomas’ shoulder injury is unknown as of Thursday night but will be determined this upcoming weekend. Thomas left the game with the injury with 2:27 left in the third period and FSU leading 41-39. • FSU out-scored Virginia 30-20 in the paint, aided by Thomas’ 11 points. It was her 20th double-figure game this season. • Senior forward Ivey Slaughter finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, nearing her 22nd career double-double. • FSU’s best shooting period was the third when it shot 50 percent (8-of-16). The Seminoles shot 35 percent (21-of-60) for the game. • On Wednesday, senior point guard Leticia Romero was named one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. • FSU is now 9-1 this season on the road.