3 weeks of punishment for Edie Darby, and she’s off

FLORIDA, TALLAHASSEE (AP) – On Thursday night, No. 18 Florida State defeated No. 11 Tennessee 92-91 behind 22 points from O’Mariah Gordon and 20 from Ta’Niya Latson.

For the first time since December 2019, Florida State (2-0) defeated a non-conference opponent ranked in the top 25.

To tie the score at 91 all, Amaya Bonner drained Florida State’s 13th 3-pointer of the contest. The next possession found Tennessee forward Rickea Jackson grabbing an offensive rebound, but he missed a putback and fouled Alexis Tucker with 24.9 seconds remaining. Tucker made one of two free-throw attempts to give Florida State the lead.

Tennessee elected not to call a timeout and Jackson got into the lane, but her fadeaway jumper rolled off and the buzzer sounded before a putback attempt.

Bonner finished with 16 points and four 3-pointers. Tucker added 17 points and Makayla Timpson had 10 for Florida State. The Seminoles went 13 of 22 from 3-point range.

Florida State made 6 of 8 3-pointers in the first quarter to help build a 34-20 lead. Gordon scored 13 points in the opening 10 minutes and made all three of her 3-pointers. Latson beat the first-quarter buzzer with another 3-pointer to give her nine points.

Jackson finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds for Tennessee (1-1). Jewel Spear added 18 points.

Tess Darby made a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions late in the third quarter to give Tennessee its first lead, 70-68, since it was 3-0. Darby’s six points came during a 22-5 run.

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