Feb. 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team will honor senior center Cierra Bravard and try to move its record to .500 when the Seminoles wrap up the regular season against Virginia on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Admission is free.
Bravard will play in her 131st game for the Garnet and Gold and will cap her career as one of the greatest Seminoles ever. She is the only player in school history that ranks in the Top 10 in scoring (sixth), rebounding (ninth), blocks (fourth) and games played (fourth).
A year after earning All-ACC First Team and honorable mention All-America honors, Bravard leads FSU in scoring at 13.9 ppg in 2011-12 and is having another all-conference caliber season.
“She’s meant a ton to our program and taken us to different levels,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “What she has been able to do to help catapult Florida State into the national scene has been huge.”
Joining Bravard in the post this season has been sophomore Natasha Howard, who is averaging 12.4 ppg and 9.2 rpg. The pair gives the Seminoles (14-15, 6-9 in the ACC) one of the best paint duos in the conference. Howard leads the ACC with 12 double-doubles this season.
Virginia (20-9, 8-7 in the ACC) ranks fifth in the country in steals and third in turnover margin. The Cavaliers are led by Lexie Gerson who is averaging 3.1 spg as well as Ariana Moorer and Ataira Franklin, who are both recording over two steals per game, as well. Moorer leads the Cavaliers in scoring at 13.5 ppg.
“They are a very good basketball team,” Semrau said. “Alexa Deluzio wasn’t full-go the last game so we had trouble handling their pressure. We need to do a much better job with that this time around. It’s all about momentum right now, heading into the conference tournament.”
Franklin (six steals) and Gerson (five steals) led a Virginia full-court pressure that forced FSU into 23 turnovers to help the Cavaliers capture a 62-52 win earlier this season on Jan. 29 in Charlottesville, Va.
Deluzio, FSU’s team captain and primary point guard for much of the season, was hobbled by an ankle sprain in the first meeting with the Cavaliers. She is 100 percent for Sunday’s contest, and may have help in the backcourt from junior Morgan Toles.
Toles, a transfer from Auburn who has played in four games this season, suffered a right elbow sprain at Miami a week ago and did not play in Florida State’s 74-52 win at Clemson on Thursday night. She will be a game time decision.
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