March 20, 2011
|Players of the Game|
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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.