Dec. 21, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 23rd-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team will wrap up its non-conference schedule on Saturday at Noon ET against UNCG at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The game will air live on 1270 a.m. WNLS, as the Seminoles will look to improve to 10-1 on the season versus the Spartans.
The Greensboro Coliseum is the home of the ACC Tournament, and the matchup will give the Seminoles a chance to become familiar with their home for the conference championship competition in March.
“This game will be a great test and an opportunity to give the weekend an ACC Tournament feel,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve played well the past couple of games, but we can’t settle. We need to stay focused and do a better job of hitting the boards.”
FSU is coming off of a dominant 94-42 win over Mercer on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. Junior forward Natasha Howard had a double-double by halftime against the Bears, while the Noles tallied a season-high 59 rebounds and a season-low 12 turnovers.
The contest marks the third away game of the season for the Garnet and Gold. FSU defeated Charlotte, 70-54 on the road on Dec. 2 and fell by just 1, 78-77, at No. 22 Nebraska on Dec. 8.
The Seminoles are the only team in the country with five players averaging double figures, as seniors Leonor Rodriguez (16.2 ppg), Alexa Deluzio (15.4), Chelsea Davis (13.1) and Chasity Clayton (12.8) and Howard (14.6) are all accomplishing the feat.
With that kind of scoring power, it’s no surprise that the Seminoles lead the ACC in shooting percentage (.499), scoring (83.4) and three-point shooting (.469).
Deluzio has been especially red hot in recent games, averaging 19.8 ppg and shooting 61 percent from the floor, 55 percent from three and 91 percent from the free throw line in the past four contests. She has reached double figures in scoring in seven consecutive games.
Howard brings two consecutive double-doubles into the game and 18 for her career.
The Seminoles opened the season against another Southern Conference opponent, Samford, on Nov. 11, cruising to a 77-42 win in which Clayton had 20 points and 18 rebounds – the highest individual total by an ACC player this season.