TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After having a week off between games, Florida State started off slowly on Sunday against Clemson before getting into a rhythm in the second half.
Leading by seven at halftime, the 10th-ranked Seminoles took control in the third quarter of a 75-56 victory.
“I didn’t think we were game ready and I challenged them at halftime. I thought we had a better second half,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said.
The Seminoles were up 37-30 in the third quarter when they scored 19 straight points over a 6:40 span to put it out of reach. Clemson committed nine turnovers during the run.
Shakayla Thomas had 17 points and Emiah Bingley added 15 for Florida State (19-4, 9-1 ACC), which tied its best start in conference play with the win. The 2014-15 and 2008-09 squads also won nine of its first 10 ACC games.
Brittany Brown added nine points and seven rebounds while Leticia Romero and Ivey Slaughter scored nine apiece.
“When we came out offensively things were flowing well but not defensively. In the second half we got them to toss the ball over to us a little bit,” said Bingley, who tied a career high with five 3-pointers.
Danielle Edwards led Clemson with 14 points. The Tigers (4-19, 0-10 ACC) have dropped 11 straight overall and their last 26 in ACC play dating back to last season.
“I told my kids at halftime that Florida State was going to come out with an extra bounce and the turnovers got us in a hole,” Clemson coach Audra Smith said. “We were telegraphing our passes (in the second half) and they were waiting for it.”
Florida State’s next game is a key road test at Duke on Thursday. The Seminoles have dropped their last nine at Cameron Indoor Stadium and haven’t won their since 2001. All four of Florida State’s losses have come away from home and all have been against ranked teams.
“We can’t slouch on anyone especially with these next games coming up,” Bingley said. “In a few of those losses it was us that took it away from ourselves. Now we have learned and have to finish them out.”
POST-GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
· Florida State’s game vs. Clemson was its Samaritan’s Feet game aimed at raising awareness for those who cannot afford shoes. The coaching staffs from both teams coached barefoot in support of the organization.
· The Seminoles matched their program-best win streak in ACC games at nine. FSU tied last year’s squad for the top mark.
· FSU improved to 5-1 in Samaritan’s Feet games at home, winning its second straight vs. Clemson.
· The Seminoles improved to 26-24 all-time against Clemson and have now won 14 straight against the Tigers. FSU’s 14-game win streak vs. Clemson ties its longest vs. one ACC opponent, matching the 14 games in a row it won vs. Wake Forest from 2002-11.
· Senior guard Emiah Bingley’s five 3-point field goals made (5-of-6) ties her career high and is the third time she has drained five 3-balls in her FSU career. Her five 3-pointers are the most by a Seminole this season.
· Statistically speaking, FSU’s 12-of-12 performance from the free throw line is the most accurate performance in program history. FSU has made all of its free throws in two other games, but those occurred with less attempts (6-of-6 vs. Stetson on Dec. 13, 1986; 3-of-3 vs. South Carolina on Jan. 27, 1982).
· FSU has made 47 of its last 53 free throw attempts over its last three games.
· Junior Brittany Brown added three more steals to reach 210 for her career and move into sixth in school history. She also surpassed her previous season high of 78 as a freshman and now has 79 steals this year.
· Sophomore Shakayla Thomas finished with a game-high 17 points (7-of-12), her 21st double figure performance in 22 games this season.
HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU:
On starting off slow:
“I felt like not playing in a week would give us a lot of time to rest, but I felt like at the same time we were not really getting ready. I challenged them at halftime and I thought we had a better second half.”
On why they coached barefoot:
“The charity Samaritan’s feet has been really near and dear to my heart. When I had the opportunity to join them and bring awareness to this amazing organization that has the goal to put ten million pairs of shoes on ten million children I jumped on it. There are so many diseases and deaths just because people don’t have shoes, and then you walk into your closet and see all of your shoes and think ‘what am I doing?’ Being able to partner with this organization has been a gift.”
On what they need to do to prepare for Duke:
“A lot. They are a great basketball team and obviously going on the road it’s a tough challenge, but we will get ready for it and get after it the best we can.”
On what about sports brings so much attention to worthy causes
“We have an opportunity to speak about it to a large group of people. Athletes get so much that if you take take, take, you become dead inside so we have got to be givers. We have to educate others on how to give and help others.”
SENIOR GUARD EMIAH BINGLEY:
On adjusting at halftime:
“I really think we came out offensively, things were kind of flowing really well but our main focus was defense and at halftime that was something that Coach Sue emphasized we needed to take care of and I think that’s what we focused on”
On what worked against Clemson:
“It’s always intensity. I think that we took that and we ran with it and I think that’s what got us to get them to kind of toss the ball over to us a little bit. I think that, like I said, what she talked to us about at halftime helped us to come out here and take care of business.”
On playing in the Samaritan’s Feet game:
“It’s amazing and we also got to talk to the founder at the end of the game, Mr. Manny, and it’s just an amazing cause and I think that we all are so happy to be a part of it because we’ve been blessed with so much, so it’s something that’s really important to us and we’re glad to be a part of it.”
On harnessing her long range shot:
“Yeah, you know 3-point shooting, offensively is something that I’ve always usually been able to do in past seasons and it’s something that I’m trying to get back to and I’m working on it.”
On the competition of the conference:
“It’s just about coming in and understanding our opponents and understanding we can’t slouch on anyone in the ACC, no matter who it is. I think that that’s something that we’re going to have to remember and we’re going to have to remember, as a team for sure.”
On what the team has learned through its nine-game win streak:
“For sure, I think that a few of those losses that we have had, it was us, we took it away from ourselves so now we learn and we understand that we have to continue to go hard and do the same exact things that we were doing in order to get our leads in order to finish out a game against good opponents.”