Dec. 29, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team will bring a balanced scoring attack and an 11-game win streak against UCF to Orlando when it faces the Knights at 4:30 p.m. at UCF Arena on Friday.
The Seminoles (7-6), who routed Yale, 92-58, on Wednesday night, have a day off before facing the defending Conference USA Champions, who have a record of 5-6 this season.
Five Florida State players are averaging double figures in scoring in 2011-12, led by senior preseason All-America post Cierra Bravard (16.2 ppg). Junior guard Alexa Deluzio (13.5 ppg), sophomore forward Natasha Howard (10.9), junior forward Chelsea Davis (10.6) and junior guard Chasity Clayton (10.2) combine with Bravard to give the Seminoles countless options on offense.
The Knights haven’t played since falling 90-38 to No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 20. UCF is led by Aisha Patrick (14.6 ppg) and former Seminole Kayli Keough (8.8 ppg). Keough played for FSU her first two seasons of college basketball (2008-2010).
Joi Williams, UCF’s head coach, joined FSU head coach Sue Semrau as assistants on the gold-medal-winning Team USA U18 and U19 squads the past two summers.
The last time UCF captured a victory over FSU came over 25 years ago, in the 1985-86 season. Since then, the Seminoles have won the last 11 meetings between the two Sunshine State universities.
During the Semrau era, FSU is 9-0 versus the Knights, winning by an average margin of 21.4 points. Overall, Florida State is 15-2 all-time against UCF.
Against Yale on Wednesday, Deluzio sparked the Garnet and Gold to a 21-6 lead early with a variety of driving layups. She finished with 20 points, as FSU shot a season-best 62.3 percent from the floor, including 72.0 percent in the second half.
Davis tallied her first career double-double against the Bulldogs in her first career start, scoring 12 points and nabbing a career-best 11 rebounds. She has scored at least 10 points in a game in five consecutive contests.
Friday’s matchup will wrap up the non-conference slate for the Noles and close out 2011. Florida State opens up 2012 and ACC play against No. 5 Maryland on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Donald. L. Tucker Center.
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