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Beavers end run in Sweet 16, fall to Florida State 66-53

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FSU forward Ivey Slaughter is triple- teamed by OSU's Gabriella Hanson, Mikayla Pivec and Breanna Brown during the second half of a regional semi-final round game of an NCAA college basketball tournament in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) FSU forward Ivey Slaughter is triple- teamed by OSU's Gabriella Hanson, Mikayla Pivec and Breanna Brown during the second half of a regional semi-final round game of an NCAA college basketball tournament in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
STOCKTON, CA (AP) -

Ivey Slaughter started swiping to help Florida State discover its best defense from all angles, and the third-seeded Seminoles erased a daunting deficit and ran right into the Stockton Regional final with a 66-53 win over second-seeded Oregon State on Saturday.

Slick-handed Slaughter had a career-high nine steals, a school record in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State had 16 steals total, and Slaughter also contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.

Slaughter made 1 of 2 free throws with 3:41 left before Sydney Wiese missed yet another 3-point try on the other end during a tough day from deep, and Slaughter scored again to help extend her special senior season.

ACC Player of the Year Shakayla Thomas notched her third straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Seminoles (28-6) used an 8-0 run to put the game away and will face top-seeded South Carolina (30-4) on Monday for a Final Four berth. The Gamecocks beat No. 12 seed Quinnipiac 100-58 earlier Saturday at Stockton Arena.

Wiese, the Beavers' leading scorer, wound up with just nine points on 3-for-14 shooting and missed all 10 of her 3-point tries in her final collegiate game. Oregon State (31-5) missed a return trip to the Final Four.

Reporting by Janie McCauley, AP Sports Writer

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