Feb. 2, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball fell to No. 12 North Carolina Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center by a score of 84-75.
The Seminoles (18-5, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed the Tar Heels (20-3, 6-2) the entire second half but after a Courtney Ward 3-pointer found themselves down just 70-68 with three minutes left to play.
But North Carolina — the ACC’s top scoring team – seemed to always have an answer on the offensive end. UNC scored 14 of the game’s final 19 points.
“We had some looks at the end,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They just didn’t fall. The made some stops and we couldn’t when it counted.”
Junior forward Cierra Bravard, who had four fouls late in the game, added 11 points. Redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton had 11 points, too. Ward finished with nine points on an off-shooting night.
The difference on the evening was certainly foul shooting. While FSU went to the free-throw line 12 times and made nine of those attempts, North Carolina was at the charity stripe 25 times and converted 22.
For the game, the Seminoles shot 40 percent from the field and the Tar Heels shot at a 50-percent clip. UNC finished with 42 rebounds compared to FSU’s 32.
The ‘Noles forced 23 Tar Heels turnovers.
North Carolina took a 43-41 lead into halftime before scoring seven straight to start the second period.
FSU will now travel to Virginia Sunday evening before taking on the Cavaliers Monday night at 7 p.m.
“We have to go up there and get a win,” Bravard said. “We can’t lose two in a row. Virginia will be coming for us with everything they have just like North Carolina did tonight and we have to be ready.”