Florida State brings its defense to defeat Oregon State

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) Ivey Slaughter jumped into the passing lane on Oregon State's first possession of the second half and swiped the ball away, then drove the length of the floor in one of those timely defensive moments that has defined her final season at Florida State.

That momentum-changing steal was a big reason the third-seeded Seminoles rallied from way behind to advance into the Stockton Regional final, beating No. 2 seed Oregon State 66-53 on Saturday to set up an Elite Eight rematch of 2015 with top-seeded South Carolina.

The Gamecocks won that one by six points.

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Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut34-0
2 Notre Dame33-3
3 South Carolina29-4
4 Maryland32-2
5 Baylor33-3
6 Stanford31-5
7 Mississippi State32-4
8 Oregon State31-4
9 Duke28-6
10 Florida State27-6
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Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut34-0
2 Notre Dame33-3
3 South Carolina29-4
4 Oregon State31-4
5 Mississippi State32-4
6 Stanford31-5
7 Baylor33-3
8 Duke28-6
9 UCLA25-8
10 Washington29-6
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