March 20, 2011 - by
Bravard Bullies the Dogs

March 20, 2011






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Final Score
1st
2nd
Final
Samford
21
25
46
Florida State
34
42
76
Players of the Game

Cierra Bravard

27
Mins
31

Emily London

23
Points
14
1
Assists
1
13
Rebounds
2
64.2
FG %
44.4
0.0
3PT %
66.6
71.4
FT %
100.0
Quick Stats

Florida State Seminoles

(24-7) (11-3 ACC)

Samford Bulldogs

(25-8) (15-5 SOCON)

Scoring‘NolesBulldogs
Points
76
46
FG %
47.3
26.9
3PT %
45.5
26.3
FT %
67.9
68.4
Defense‘NolesBulldogs
Rebounds
52
23
Steals
5
3
Blocks
0
2

 

AUBURN, Ala. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball program is used to winning ballgames in NCAA Tournament play. The team is also accustomed to something else: strong play by star forward Cierra Bravard.

The opening round of the Big Dance Sunday in Auburn, Ala. saw FSU get both.

In a 76-46 smackdown of No. 14-seed Samford, Bravard registered game highs in both points (23) and rebounds (13). It was the 20th consecutive game in which the third-seeded ‘Noles’ (24-7) All-America nominee and All-ACC first teamer scored in double figures.

It was Bravard’s ninth double-double of what is undoubtedly the best season of her Seminole career.

“Cierra has matured so much this season and you keep seeing the results of all her hard work,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau. “I thought we did a great job tonight of getting the ball inside to her and using our athleticism and length to create problems for a very good Samford team.”

Joining in on an effort that propels FSU to a Tuesday-night matchup with either Georgia or Middle Tennessee State were senior Courtney Ward and sophomore Chelsea Davis.

A native of nearby Montgomery, Ala., Ward put on a show for the plethora of family members and friends inside Auburn Arena. Ward finished the game with 13 points while Davis notched 13 points of her own.

Senior guard Christian Hunnicutt contributed eight points and redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio added six. Freshman forward Natasha Howard snagged 10 rebounds.

FSU turned the ball over 16 times but only five of those giveaways took place in the second half against an opponent that had won 14 of its last 15.

The Seminoles shot 47 percent from the field but held the Southern Conference champion Bulldogs (25-8) to a 26 percent clip.

The Seminoles grabbed 52 rebounds compared to just 23 by Samford.

For those fans that wish to make a bus trip on Tuesday to see FSU second-round game, a bus will be going from Tallahassee to Auburn on the day of the game. Call Astro Travel at 850-514-1793 or e-mail info@astrotravel.com if you wish to make the journey to support the Seminoles.

The deadline to sign up for the trip is at 4 p.m. on Monday. The game is at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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