Jan. 19, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (Seminoles.com) – Junior guard Alexa Deluzio caught fire on Thursday night at the Silvio Conte Forum and there were no Boston College defenders able to put her out.
The Seminoles’ 5-11 captain scored a career-high 28 points and made six treys to lead the Seminole women’s basketball team past a scrappy Boston College team, 68-59.
“She’s a tremendous player,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She’s doing so much for our team right now. She can score, she can penetrate and she can pass. She guarded (BC’s Kerri) Shields the whole game and held her in check tonight, too.”
Deluzio, who had shot just 2-of-14 the past two games, drilled 6-of-8 from downtown – one off of the FSU record and a career-best total, and connected on 9-of-14 shots overall.
When Boston College closed FSU’s lead to 2 with 7:38 remaining, it was Deluzio who halted the rally with a layup. Her trey less than two minutes later pushed the Nole advantage to 58-51 and her back-breaking three with four minutes left gave Florida State its biggest lead of the night, 66-55.
FSU improved to 11-9 overall and 3-3 in the ACC, while Boston College dropped to 5-13 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
“I thought Boston College shot the ball well and we had to answer,” Semrau said. “They rebounded well, and we had to make a conscious effort to keep them off the offensive glass in the second half.”
The Eagles jumped out to a 7-1 edge on the boards in the first five minutes of the game, but the Noles outrebounded BC, 34-21, the rest of the game and held the Eagles to just 39.3 percent shooting.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle featuring six ties and seven lead changes.
Junior Leo Rodriguez found senior Cierra Bravard for a layup with six minutes left in the first half to put FSU in front, 26-21, but Boston College guard Tessa Holt hit back-to-back treys, and Kristen Doherty followed with a three-pointer herself to give the Eagles a 32-31 lead with two minutes remaining in the half.
Florida State closed the first frame with a three-point play from Bravard and also forced the Eagles into a shot clock violation to head into the second half clinging to a 34-32 lead.
The Seminoles opened the second half with a fade-away two-point bucket five seconds in from – who else – Deluzio.
FSU stretched the lead to 48-40 10 minutes into the final frame on a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Natasha Howard, who scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards for her seventh double-double of the season.
Boston College was led by Doherty (17 points) and Holt (16).
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“Barefoot for Bare Feet” this Sunday
Fans are encouraged to donate a new pair of shoes for underprivileged youth at this Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Donation boxes will be located around the concourse at the arena. As a thank you, all fans who bring a pair of new shoes on Sunday will be entered to win a signed basketball by head coach Sue Semrau. Sign-ups will be located at the marketing table.
In conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet, FSU women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau and her coaching staff will coach “Barefoot for Bare Feet” in an effort to call attention to the 300 million children in the world who are at risk of disease, infection and death due to not owning a single pair of shoes.
Those who want to help provide shoes to children in need can text 85844 with the keyword “SHOES” to give a one-time $10 gift that will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet through their cell phone bill or go online to samaritansfeet.org.