Jan. 9, 2011
|Players of the Game|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When they needed her most, Chelsea Davis came through with her best performance as Seminole.
Davis scored a career-best 18 points Sunday and the No. 19 Florida State women’s basketball stayed undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 61-51 win at home over Virginia.
A sophomore forward from Delaware, Davis has shown steady signs of her rapid development in year No. 2 in Tallahassee and against the Cavaliers (10-7, 0-2 ACC), that growth took another step. Davis finished the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line despite playing just 14 minutes off the bench in what was a hard fought game until the very end.
She helped FSU (14-3, 2-0 ACC) earn its third-straight win over UVa by also grabbing four rebounds in contribution with the Seminoles’ 39-33 advantage on the boards.
“We knew we would need production in the paint,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “And Chelsea did a terrific job making the most of her opportunity today. You can she is getting more comfortable out there each game.”
Helping Davis and the ‘Noles on Sunday was the student-athlete that has served as her mentor over the past year-and-a-half: all-star candidate Cierra Bravard.
The Seminoles’ points and rebounds leader scored 14 on 5-for-6 shooting and also snared five rebounds.
Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio also had nine points and senior guard Courtney Ward posted six to go along with her seven rebounds. Senior guard Christian Hunnicutt dished out a team-best five assists and scored six points.
Freshman forward Natasha Howard had six points, too. Howard grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and four steals.
Florida State shot just 39 percent from the field in a defense-charged ballgame but made up for that lower clip by nailing 22 of its 26 foul-shot attempts.
FSU held the Cavaliers to just 32 percent shooting in what has become a trend of terrific defensive play over the course of the team’s current five-game winning streak.
The Seminoles will host Duke on Friday at 6:30 p.m. as the always-tough league slate of games continues.