Uncasville, Conn. — Kiah Gillespie had quite the homecoming with her first career triple-double.
The Connecticut native had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead No. 8 Florida State to a 79-69 win over No. 24 Michigan on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball Showcase.
She got her final assist with a pass to Nausia Woolfolk, who scored just before the buzzer.
“I knew I had eight (assists) with four minutes left,” Gillespie said. “I’m so happy my teammates were there to help me get it.”
Gillespie said she had about 100 friends and relatives at the game. She got most of her teammates’ ticket allotment, and her family bought the remaining few that were needed.
She grew up about 45 minutes from Mohegan Sun Arena and the team went to her high school Friday. They had dinner there with her family and friends.
“We set up this game for her to play near her home,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “Pretty special way for her to celebrate her return.”
It was the third triple-double in school history with the last coming from Leticia Romero in 2015.
Woolfolk scored 21 points to lead the Seminoles.
Leading 54-52, Florida State went on an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter to build a double-digit advantage. Taylor Robbins scored the next five points for Michigan to spark a 9-2 run that got the Wolverines within 64-61 with under four minutes left.
The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before Florida State (12-0) had back-to-back hoops — the second coming off a steal and basket by Woolfolk with 58 seconds left that made it 72-65.
The Wolverines (9-2) couldn’t convert on the other end and Kiah Gillespie hit two free throws to seal the game.
Amy Dilk scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Wolverines. Her previous best was 18 as a freshman last year against Washington.
“She can do a little bit of everything,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “She’s starting to score more and that will help us in the conference season.”
Robbins added 20 points for the Wolverines.
Florida State now has three wins over Top 25 teams this season, also beating then-No. 6 Texas A&M and 19th-ranked Michigan State. The Seminoles only had two victories over ranked opponents last year.
Both teams got off to slow starts with Michigan holding a three-point lead after the first quarter. Florida State took a four-point lead in the second quarter before the Wolverines rallied to go up 32-31 at the half when Dilk scored in the lane just before the buzzer. She had 11 points in the first half, making all five of her shots.
Confetti fell sporadically during the first quarter of the game from the Miss America pageant, which was held in the arena on Thursday night.
More state women
Stony Brook 50, Western Michigan 47: In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Kamrin Reed had 16 points and Leighah-Amori Wool had 12 for Western Michigan (6-4), which shot 32.1 percent from the field and saw its four-game win streak come to an end. Victoria Johnson scored 21 for Stony Brook (11-1).
Top 25 men
South Carolina 70, (at) No. 9 Virginia 59: Jair Bolden scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and A.J. Lawson had 10 of his 14 in the second to help South Carolina beat Virginia.
The Gamecocks (8-4) led 23-11, saw Virginia pull even at 45 with just over 11 minutes to play and promptly scored 12 of the next 17 points. The Cavaliers never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Mamadi Diakite scored a career-high 21 points to lead Virginia (9-2). The Cavaliers had a season-high 19 turnovers, leading to 23 Gamecocks points. South Carolina shot 55.1 percent, connecting on 27 of 49 attempts.
Justin Minaya added 12 points for South Carolina, 10 after halftime.
No. 22 Washington 85, Ball State 64: In Honolulu, Jaden McDaniels scored 22 points, Quade Green had 21 and Washington pulled away from Ball State in a Diamond Head Classic quarterfinal.
Isaiah Stewart added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies (9-2). They shot 56 percent from the field and won for the seventh time in eight games.
Tahjai Teague had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (6-5).
Big Ten men
(At) Rutgers 63, Lafayette 44: Sophomore Myles Johnson recorded a career-high 18 points to lead Rutgers over Lafayette.
Johnson grabbed 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season for the Scarlet Knights (9-3). Johnson, who was fifth in the country in field-goal percentage coming into the game at 73.2 percent, made 9 of his 11 shots.
Geo Baker and Paul Mulcahy added 10 points apiece for Rutgers, which received scoring contributions from 10 players in the wire-to-wire win.
Lafayette’s Justin Jaworski, who entered the game averaging 20.7 points, scored just 13 as the Leopards (7-3) saw an end to their five-game win streak. Lafayette was averaging 83.6 points during the streak.