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Seminoles defeat Louisville, 66-51
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Ivey Slaughter scored 17 points and No. 7 Florida State beat No. 10 Louisville 66-51 on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal.
Maegan Conwright and Shakayla Thomas each had 12 points for the second-seeded Seminoles (29-3).
They earned their first ACC championship game berth and matched the program record for wins after building a 24-point lead, then holding off the Cardinals' relentless rally.
Florida State will play No. 2 Notre Dame (30-2) on Sunday in the final.
Mariya Moore had 17 points and Shawnta' Dyer added 10 with 13 rebounds for third-seeded Louisville (25-6).
After pulling to 45-43, the Cardinals were held to one basket during the next 6½ minutes while Florida State pulled back away.
The Seminoles' 17-4 run was keyed by two 3-pointers from Conwright — including one with just under 4 minutes left — that put the Seminoles back up by double figures.
That sent the Seminoles to their first semifinal victory in four tries and brought them even with the 2009-10 team that set the school record with 29 wins before reaching the NCAA regional semifinals.
They earned a rematch with the Fighting Irish, who won the only meeting this season 74-68 on Jan. 2 in South Bend.
For a while it looked like they might get there without a test.
Florida State used an early 20-2 run to take what seemed like a comfortable lead, taking its largest lead at 33-9 on a free throw from Slaughter with 5:34 left.
But the Cardinals chipped away at that huge deficit, pulling within two points on Moore's 3 with just over 9 minutes left before going cold.
Louisville: The Cardinals were denied their sixth win over a Top 25 opponent this season. The highest-ranked team they've beaten is No. 15 North Carolina, and that came in a quarterfinal Friday night that ended about 16 hours before this game tipped off.
Florida State: Both of the Seminoles' wins over Louisville contained overwhelming early runs. They started the last meeting with a 21-1 spurt and went on to claim a 68-63 victory on Jan. 22.
Louisville: Awaits at-large berth into NCAA Tournament.
Florida State: Plays No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday in ACC championship game.