Iowa women drop late lead, edged out by No. 11 Florida State

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Megan Gustafson’s massive effort needed just one last field goal.

The Iowa forward scored 34 points on 15-for-18 shooting, but Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas responded with 31, including 17 in the fourth quarter. Imani Wright added 26 points as the No. 11 Seminoles erased a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge Iowa 94-93 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Gustafson scored the first six points of an 8-0 run to end the third quarter and the first four points of the fourth quarter to put Iowa (7-1) ahead 75-63. Thomas, who also had 10 rebounds, ended the run and then had the first basket and the last 11 points in a 15-2 run that put the Seminoles up 80-79 with 3:13 to play.

The teams traded the lead with clutch 3-pointers and free throws, with Gustafson tying the game at 85-all with a pair of free throws with 48 seconds to go. Wright answered with a 3 and after a steal by Thomas, A.J. Alix made two free throws with 24.7 for a 91-86 lead.

Tania Davis knocked down a 3-pointer for the Hawkeyes with 17.2 seconds to go. Both teams then went 1-for-2 from the line before Thomas made it a two-possession game with two foul shots with five seconds left. Davis ended it with a 3 at the buzzer.

"I hope they feel like they gained confidence. We led the No. 11 team for almost 31 minutes. So I hope they gain confidence that they can play with anybody in the country,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

Florida State (7-0) is 9-2 in the challenge with its current six-game winning streak, the longest of any school.

Iowa hosts Samford at 2 p.m. Sunday.