Florida State, Arizona State square off in women's Sweet 16

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By Joedy McCreary, AP Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- For years, Florida State and Arizona State have been fighting their way up the ladder in women's basketball.

One is about to move a step closer to its first Final Four.

The second-seeded Seminoles (31-4) face the third-seeded Sun Devils (29-5) on Friday night in a Greensboro Region semifinal.

Neither program has many extended NCAA Tournament stays to its credit: Florida State is in the Sweet 16 for just the third time while this is the Sun Devils' sixth appearance in the regional semifinals.

The teams have combined for three Elite Eight appearances - Arizona State in 2007 and '09, and Florida State in 2010.