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Clayton Leads FSU Past Clemson

Feb. 23, 2012

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CLEMSON, S.C. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team got off to a rough start on Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum against Clemson, making just one of its first 12 field goal attempts.

Chasity Clayton came off the bench and smoothed things out for the Seminoles (14-15, 6-9 in the ACC), however. The Redshirt junior out of Panama City, Fla., recorded her second double-double of the season to lead Florida State to a 74-52 victory over the Tigers (6-20, 2-13).

It’s the eighth consecutive win for FSU over Clemson and the 19th Nole victory in the last 20 matchups between the two teams.

Clayton had 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Natasha Howard also tallied a double-double – her ACC-best 12th of the season – with 11 points and 10 boards. Five Seminoles scored in double figures and FSU grabbed a season-high 54 rebounds.

Chasity Clayton and Natasha Howard played fantastic tonight,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “I’m proud of the way we crashed the boards and fought hard in this game. Having five players in double figures is always a plus and shows what a great team effort we had tonight.”

Junior Chelsea Davis scored 13 points and junior Alexa Deluzio and senior Cierra Bravard added 10 apiece.

Clayton entered the game at the 15:55 mark in the first half and promptly drilled back-to-back buckets to give FSU a 9-7 lead.

After Clemson took an 11-9 lead, Clayton sparked a 13-2 run over a two-minute span with a three-pointer from the left corner 9:40 before the break. Davis followed with a layup before junior guard Leonor Rodriguez swished back-to-back treys right in front of the eight-minute mark. Clayton capped the run with a jumper in the lane to make the score 22-13 at the 7:42 mark.

After five straight points from Clemon guard Nikki Dixon brought the Tigers within 4, Bravard was fouled on a layup attempt by Clemson’s Shaniqua Pauldo with five minutes left in the first half. Bravard was called for a dead ball technical foul, however, for an apparent elbow at the end of the play.

She drilled both her free throws to make the score 24-18, but had to sit for the remainder of the first frame with three fouls.

Howard made back-to-back baskets following the sequence and FSU took a 34-26 lead into halftime.

The Seminoles poured in more offense after the break.

Rodriguez’s season-best and career-high-tying third trey of the game put the Seminoles up 41-30 with 16:35 left in the contest.

The Noles went ahead by 20 with nine minutes left in the game when Clayton turned facilitator and found a wide-open Deluzio for a three-pointer that made the score 60-40.

Later, Clayton skied high for an impressive layup that made the score 68-47.

The Seminoles will wrap up the regular season this Sunday at 2 p.m. against Virginia at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Bravard will be honored in a “Senior Day” celebration.

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