November 30, 2011 - by
FSU Falls to Ohio State in OT

Nov. 30, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio. ( – Senior center Cierra Bravard had a monster effort in her return to her home state, matching her career-high with 27 points and grabbing a season-best 12 boards, but No. 17/18 Ohio State got 31 points from guard Tayler Hill to prevail over Florida State in overtime, 78-75, on Wednesday night at Value City Arena in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

A Sandusky, Ohio, native, Bravard got her first double-double of the season and 13th of her career in front of family and friends.

“It was a heck of a basketball game,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “I’m extremely proud of my team. We’ve had a tough schedule. Cierra Bravard played a great game, she was getting doubled and tripled teamed out there.”

Hill put the Noles up 76-75 with 35 seconds left in overtime and made a pair of free throws to put OSU up three with 14 seconds left.

Hill, who finished with 31 points, scored the final eight points of regulation for OSU, including two deep three-pointers. Hill’s layup with two seconds left knotted the score at 69-69.

FSU had a final chance with 3.5 seconds left in overtime, but sophomore Tay’ler Mingo’s inbounds pass was stolen by Ohio State’s Ashley Adams.

Junior Alexa Deluzio scored 17 points, while sophomore Natasha Howard grabbed 10 boards for the Noles.

Ohio State point guard Samantha Prahalis scored 11 points and dished 11 assists, but made seven turnovers and fouled out with 10 seconds left in regulation.

Florida State took control of the game midway through the second half with an 11-2 run sparked by an acrobatic Howard layup.

Deluzio drilled a corner three to put the Noles ahead for the first time in the second half, 51-50, with 9:38 remaining in the game. The 5-11 guard then put back a Chasity Clayton miss 40 seconds later to extend FSU’s lead to three points.

FSU forced OSU into a shot clock violation with 3:51 left while clinging to a 61-58 lead. Bravard’s basket with 2:40 remaining put the Noles up 65-58 and gave the All-America candidate her 11th career 20-point game and third of the season.

A pair of Bravard free throws put the Noles up 67-61 with 2:40 left, but Hill single-handedly brought the Buckeyes back. The junior guard hit back-to-back deep three-pointers to bring the Buckeyes within a point. After Mingo split a pair of free throws, Hill drove the lane for a contested layup to force the extra period.

There were three lead changes and two ties in overtime.

FSU was down just one point when Bravard was tied up by Adams for jump ball with 14 seconds left. The possession arrow gave the Buckeyes the ball and Hill knocked down a pair of free throws after being fouled by Mingo.

Deluzio’s three-point attempt with six seconds left ricocheted off an Ohio State player giving FSU one last chance on an out-of-bounds play. Adams intercepted Mingo’s pass to end the game.

FSU used a 9-0 spurt to go ahead 11-4 at the 13:42 mark in the first half.

After Ohio State scored six straight to come within a point, Bravard and Deluzio took turns catching fire. The senior post made back-to-back “And-1” layups, and the junior guard from Orlando drilled three consecutive jumpers to put the Noles in front 24-16 with 6:48 remaining in the first half.

Just 12 seconds after Prahalis splashed a three with a hand in her face, Buckeye Amber Stokes stole the ball from Deluzio and made an uncontested layup to put the Buckeyes up 33-31 with a minute left in the first half. Stokes’ score capped a 9-2 OSU run to end the half.

Florida State returns to action this Sunday in Tallahassee when it hosts Charlotte at 2 p.m. ET at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

For more information on the Florida State women’s basketball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball.


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