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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)
    -- Bonae Holston scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds but NC State lost to No. 21 Florida State, 76-69, during the sixth-annual Hoops 4 Hope game Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.

    Cierra Bravard scored eight of her 14 points in the final four minutes for the Seminoles.

    Chasity Clayton scored 16 points for the Seminoles (18-4, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Natasha Howard added 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Christian Hunnicutt had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Florida State.

    NC State (9-12, 1-6 ACC) freshman Kody Burke added 13 points, seven boards and a season-high five blocks. She has scored in double figures in three-straight games, averaging 12.7 points a game.

    The Seminoles, who scored the game's first 10 points, watched a 15-point lead disappear early in the second half before rallying for their fourth consecutive victory over N.C. State.

    Holston made 14 of 23 shots from the field to join Marissa Kastanek with 30-point efforts for the Pack this season. Only Miami's scoring duo of Shenise Johnson and Raquna Williams, the two leading scorers in the ACC, have had teammates notch 30 in a game this season.

    Bravard hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to put the Seminoles ahead 66-64 with 3:38 remaining. She succeeded with the same move on Florida State's next possession to extend the lead to four.

    After NC State cut the lead to 69-67 on a free throw by Holston with 1:50 remaining, Bravard responded with a layup and two free throws to put the Seminoles ahead 73-67 with 49.8 seconds to play.

    "Were playing with people, were playing hard, were just not finishing," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "It's going to happen. These kids are working too hard for it not to happen."

    N.C. State, which trailed 29-14 with 7:15 remaining in the first half, erased that deficit soon after halftime. The Wolfpack put together a 12-2 run early in the second half to take its first lead at 45-44 after a three-point play by Amber White with 15:45 remaining.

    The teams exchanged the lead four more times before Florida State went ahead 58-57 on a jumper by Clayton with 9:36 remaining.

    NC State fought back behind Holston, who scored seven consecutive points for her team down the stretch. After hitting a jumper and a layup, Holston made a floater in the lane to tie the score at 64 with 3:59 to play.

    The game was part of the sixth-annual Hoops 4 Hope event at NC State to raise awareness for breast cancer. The Wolfpack wore special pink uniforms and pink shoes, and Florida State's players wore pink shoes and socks with their black uniforms.

    The event raised more than $50,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, named for the Wolfpack's Hall of Fame coach who died in January 2009 after a long battle with the disease.


     

     

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