Jan. 5, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team extended its win streak against Clemson to seven straight games on Thursday night, defeating the Tigers, 59-47, at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles have won 18 of the last 19 meetings versus Clemson, but the latest victory wasn’t easy.
FSU shot just 36.8 percent from the field and committed 23 turnovers, but held the Tigers to 33.8 percent shooting and captured a 48-40 edge on the glass.
“I was proud of the team and the way they bounced back against a really tough loss (on Monday to No. 5 Maryland),” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “It wasn’t pretty but it was a win and they played hard. We just have to continue to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I think when Alexa (Deluzio) and Chasity (Clayton) are penetrating the ball we get a lot better looks and that’s what we need to continue to do.”
Deluzio, a junior guard, scored 16 points and dished five assists, while Clayton, a junior wing, grabbed a game-high 10 boards.
Clemson led 10-6 early, before the Seminole defense put the clamps on the Tigers’ offensive attack.
FSU held Clemson scoreless for 6 minutes and 20 seconds and scored 15 consecutive points to take control of the game and gain a commanding 21-10 advantage midway through the first half. Bravard started the spurt by draining a free throw and Clayton capped it with a corner three-pointer.
Despite holding Clemson to 27 percent shooting in the first half, the Seminoles led by just nine points at the break (30-21) thanks in part due to poor free throw shooting. The Noles made just five of 14 charity stripe attempts before halftime. Florida State improved in the second half, however, making seven of 11 attempts.
The Tigers refused to be blown out in the second half and cut FSU’s lead to as little as six points with 10 minutes remaining on an elbow jumper by Lindsey Mason, who led Clemson with 14 points.
“Give credit to them; they did what they needed to do to stay in the game,” Deluzio said. “I don’t think we were as aggressive as we needed to be and I thought in the second half we did a lot better job of that.”
It was Deluzio, the Noles’ captain, who put the final dagger into Clemson. She buried a three from the top of the key with 40 seconds left to give FSU a 59-47 lead – the final margin.
Five minutes earlier, Deluzio staved off a Clemson rally by calmly drilling a pair of free throws to put FSU up by nine points following a technical foul on Clemson’s Nikki Dixon. She was whistled for the foul after tangling with FSU sophomore guard Olivia Bresnahan for a loose ball with 5:50 left in the game.
The Seminoles moved to 9-7 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC, while the Tigers dropped to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Florida State will look to grab a winning record in the league in its next game. The Seminoles face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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