Feb. 8, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team hasn’t lost to Wake Forest in over 10 years.
The Seminoles aren’t looking past the Demon Deacons, however, who they face at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.
FSU (13-11 overall and 5-5 in the ACC) has won 14 straight in the series and hasn’t lost to Wake Forest (13-10, 3-7) since Jan. 10, 2002.
Still, the Seminoles can’t afford a slip-up as they battle to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Florida State narrowly escaped the Joel Coliseum with a narrow 82-79 victory thanks to a 21-point, 15-rebound performance from center Cierra Bravard.
“Every game is important,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “We need to forge forward. Going on the road in the ACC is tough. Wake Forest is not the team that its record indicates. They’re a very good basketball team.
“Our team understands that this is it. Our backs are against the wall, and hopefully we come out fighting. I like the way our energy and effort has been lately, and we need to continue that.”
Led by Lakevia Boykin’s 21 points, he Demon Deacons won their last game, 73-60, at Boston College on Sunday.
Boykin is the only Wake Forest player averaging double figures in scoring (11.7 ppg).
The Seminoles are coming off of a 78-60 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday in Tallahassee in which five players scored in double figures led by 16 apiece by Bravard, junior Chelsea Davis and sophomore Natasha Howard.
Howard’s performance was the most impressive. She grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and 14 caroms overall to tally her ninth double-double of the season.
Junior guard Alexa Deluzio could reach a milestone against the Demon Deacons. She is 15 points away from becoming the 27th Seminole to score 1,000 points. Last season against Wake Forest, Deluzio scored 18 points and shot a perfect 4-of-4 from three.
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