Dec. 17, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team will welcome not only Alabama A&M for an 11 a.m. matchup on Monday at the Donald L. Tucker Center, but also nearly 2,000 area elementary students for the Seminoles’ annual “Day of Class with the Noles” game.
“We’re excited,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve got about 2,000 school kids coming to our game. They’ll be yelling and screaming, and cheering. It will be fun.”
The Seminoles head into the contest versus the Lady Bulldogs riding a two-game win streak.
Bravard, a preseason All-American, scored a career-best 28 points and grabbed 12 boards, while Howard tallied a career-best 24 points and 13 boards. Bravard, a Sandusky, Ohio, native and Howard, a Toledo, Ohio, native, were at their best in front of friends and family.
FSU recorded a season-high 23 assists and a season-low 14 turnovers against the Zips. The win improved the Seminoles to 5-5 against one of the country’s toughest non-conference schedules. FSU’s strength of schedule ranks No. 7 in the nation according to realtimerpi.com.
“Coming off the win over Charlotte, I knew we needed to sustain some momentum, and really continue to build on our win,” Semrau said. “Going on the road and winning a game like that, especially in Ohio, was huge.”
Bravard has put up huge numbers herself through 10 games of her senior campaign. The 6-4 post is tied for first in the ACC in scoring at 17.8 ppg and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.573).
In four home games this season, Bravard is averaging 16.8 ppg and shooting 59.0 percent from the field, leading five Seminoles in double figures.
Junior guard Alexa Deluzio (14.8 ppg), junior forward Chelsea Davis (12.5 ppg), junior wing Chasity Clayton (10.5) and Howard (10.0) have all played exceptionally well on the offensive end at the Tucker Center.
Alabama A&M is led by SWAC Preseason Co-Player of the Year Whiquitta Tobar, a 5-7 senior guard averaging 20.6 ppg. She is the only Lady Bulldog scoring in double digits in points, however.
Alabama A&M ended a four-game win streak with a 57-46 loss at UAB on Thursday. Tobar scored 20 points, but the Lady Bulldogs were outrebounded by a massive 50-29 margin.
Redshirt junior guard/forward Chasity Clatyon graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Child Sciences on Saturday. The Panama City, Fla., native earned her degree a semester early. She will either pursue a master’s degree or begin work towards another bachelor’s degree beginning next semester.
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