BOCA RATON - Freshman guard Mara Freshour made her free throw to complete a three-point play with 8:36 left in the first half that put FSU up for good, 16-14. From there, Florida Atlantic (3-5) would force two ties, but eventually fall 76-63 to the Seminoles.
"I got a little yelled at by the coaches to be a little more aggressive and I just knew that's what I needed to do to contribute to this team, otherwise I wouldn't be doing anything for us," Freshour said. "So they wanted me to be a little more aggressive and I got myself in gear. ... That's really all you can do is just go out and go hard."
All eight Seminoles who played scored, while senior guard Ganiyat Adeduntan had 18 to lead five from FSU in double digits. Freshman guard Britany Miller added 12 points and 12 rebounds for her second career double-double, and Alicia Gladden and Holly Johnson had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Miller had eight points in the final six minutes and strengthened the Seminoles presence on the glass to help FSU overcome 36 percent shooting from the floor and extend its lead to 14 points in the final minute.
"I thought we rebounded the ball extremely well which was one of our points of emphasis and with 22 offensive boards, I thought people went really hard to the boards," coach Sue Semrau said. "I was also pleased with what we did at the free throw line and being on the line 35 times was very good tonight."
The Seminoles outscored the Owls 43-34 in the second half to increase a 4-point halftime lead. FSU (7-2) travels to Xavier for a 7 p.m. Thursday matchup.
NO. 5 BAYLOR 85, ARMY 68: The Black Knights jumped out to a 7-2 lead, and the game was tied four times in the first half before the visiting Bears went on a 21-9 run to take a 42-30 halftime lead. Sophia Young had nine of her game-high 24 points during the run.
The Bears hope to head into 2006 with the nation's longest win streak intact. After winning their 29th straight, their last loss was 69-55 at Texas on Jan. 22, 2005.
Army was held to 36 percent shooting and had 11 shots blocked. In the second half, the closest the Black Knights could come was 49-40. Baylor's lead grew to 20 points four times, including 71-51 with nine minutes left.
NO. 6 NORTH CAROLINA 98, COASTAL CAROLINA 41: The Tar Heels won their 25th straight home game and reached season highs for points and margin in the 57-point win.
NO. 10 STANFORD 83, RICE 53: The host Cardinal opened the game with a 12-0 run, then took advantage of Rice's 23.6 percent shooting to build the lead.
NO. 11 MICHIGAN ST. 76, HOUSTON 53: The host Spartans trailed 22-21 when Liz Shimek scored three times and fed Victoria Lucas-Perry for a 3-pointer to spark a 24-6 surge that ended the first half.
NO. 13 NOTRE DAME 77, ARKANSAS ST. 54: The Irish led 45-25 in Las Vegas at the half and the Indians didn't get closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
NO. 16 DEPAUL 99, ST. FRANCIS, PA. 61: The Blue Demons won their 29th straight home game, the second longest current streak in the nation, with the help of 56 percent shooting from the field and nine 3s.
NO. 22 UTAH 73, NO. 23 NORTH CAROLINA ST. 62: Shona Thorburn, who shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range, put the Utes ahead to stay in Las Vegas at 45-42 with 14:16 in the game.
UC SANTA BARBARA 90, NO. 24 UCLA 81, OT: Jenna Green and LaShay Fears each had 20 points for the Gauchos, who outscored the host Bruins 16-7 in the overtime.
SAINT MICHAEL'S 55, SAINT LEO 47: The score was tied with 2:20 remaining but the host Lions could not make another basket. Amy Pitchers had a layup to put the Green Knights up for good, 49-47.