LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Natasha Howard scored 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead No. 24 Florida State to a 73-66 win over Pacific in the Long Beach Classic on Friday night.
Morgan Jones and Yashira Delgado contributed 11 points apiece for Florida State (10-1), which had hold off Pacific late in the second half by hitting 6 of 8 from the foul line in the closing minutes to preserve the win.
Pacific (4-5) trailed the entire game but kept the score close, narrowing the gap to four points on a 3-pointer by Madison Parrish to make it 67-63 with 1:37 left. But the Tigers couldn't overtake Florida State down the stretch.
Kendall Kenyon led Pacific with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while KiKi Moore added 14 points and Parrish had 10.
Florida State went 23 of 59 from the field and was just 1 of 11 from 3-point range.