Nov. 27, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 24-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team dropped a close contest to Nebraska, 66-63, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State (3-4) led for most of the game and held Nebraska to 15 points below its season average, but the Huskers mounted a furious late comeback led by junior point guard Lindsey Moore to move to 6-0.
Moore found freshman Emily Cady, who had a career-high 14 points, for a go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left to put Nebraska up by two, 62-60.
On the following possession, junior wing Chasity Clayton got a good look at a three-pointer for FSU, but it came up just short.
After a pair of free throws from Moore, junior guard Leo Rodriguez brought the Noles within one, 64-63, by drilling a three-pointer with three seconds left. Moore made two more free throws with one second left, however, and Clayton’s desperation heave was off target.
“Obviously, today was a disappointment, but I have to say I am proud of my team,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “I’m proud of the energy that they brought. We haven’t been the most in sync team and I thought the energy that we continued to bring throughout the course of the game was a great step for us. I think the execution down the stretch on either end wasn’t what we wanted it to be.
“We didn’t do a good job in the second half of getting Cierra (Bravard) the ball. She was 7-for-7 in the first half, and their guard pressure I thought was the difference in the second half.”
Bravard made her first eight shots, but had just two field goal attempts in the second half. The senior preseason All-American finished with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting to go along with six boards, two steals and a block in 34 minutes.
Clayton finished with 10 points and nine boards, while junior guard Alexa Deluzio scored 13 and dished four assists.
Rodriguez grabbed a career-best six boards in a career-high 27 minutes.
The Seminoles led by 13 points a minute into the second half after Clayton made a trey and Howard hit a bucket to make the score 42-29.
But Florida State went cold from the field and didn’t make a field goal for nearly nine minutes. After a Clayton layup made the score 48-38 with 15:42 remaining, the Noles didn’t hit a field goal until junior forward Chelsea Davis’ layup with 6:55 left.
Still, FSU led 52-47 at that point, but Nebraska scored eight straight points in the next minute to take its first lead, 55-52, on a three from Brandi Jeffrey.
FSU took the lead back, 56-55, with five minutes left when Deluzio drilled a trey, and the Noles held a 60-57 advantage when Deluzio made a layup with 2:22 remaining.
Jeffery hit another three-pointer to tie game with 2:04 left and Moore took care of the rest for the Huskers.
Nebraska made just three of its first 22 field goal attempts, but hung in the game with tenacity on the glass. The Huskers held a 24-18 edge on rebounds at the break and 42-41 for the game.
The Seminoles will look to get back on the winning track on Wednesday in Columbus when they face No. 18/19 Ohio State at 8:30 p.m. at Value City Arena as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
For more information on the Florida State women’s basketball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball.