No. 19 FSU women’s basketball (20-7, 9-5 ACC) dug itself into a huge 34-11 first-quarter deficit against No. 11 Virginia Tech (20-4, 10-4 ACC) and never recovered en route to an 84-70 loss.
It’s the second consecutive loss for the Noles(the first time all season), as their chances of winning the ACC regular-season title have gone up in smoke, barring some major help.
The loss drops them three games behind first-place Duke, who the Noles defeated a few games ago. The Virginia Tech game was about the first quarter, as the Noles outscored the Hokies in each of the next three quarters.
Virginia Tech shot 50.9 percent from the floor and went 14 of 32 (43.8 percent) from three-point land. Eight of those 14 three-pointers came in the first quarter. They were also 12 of 14 from the charity stripe and only had 12 turnovers.
One can say the hot shooting from Virginia Tech was uncharacteristic, as they shoot about 35 percent from three-point land on the season. Georgia Amoore made six of 11 (54.5 percent) when she normally averages 32.5 percent shooting from long-range.
FSU shot 48.3 percent overall, but only mustered five of 13 from three-point land. FSU leading scorer Taniya Latson had 15 points on five of 15 shooting.
The Noles had fought all season to get a top-25 ranking, but these back-to-back losses could drop them from that spot. They have four games remaining against ACC opponents with .500 or worse records to round out the regular season.
They’ll need to win those four games and will need some help to be one of the top four teams in the league. They are in fifth place and one game behind Louisville and Virginia Tech, but have losses against both teams.
However, both teams have to play at least two ranked teams in the last four games. FSU will host Syracuse Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.