Dec. 14, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team returns home on Saturday where it will look to remain undefeated at the Donald L. Tucker Center against Grambling State at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on 1270 AM WNLS and on Seminoles.com. Any fan with a graduation ticket can redeem it at the ticket window at the Tucker Center for free admission to the game.
The Seminoles will look to rebound from a one-point loss at the hands of No. 22 Nebraska, 78-77, on Dec. 8. FSU shot 54 percent in the game but was outrebounded, 38-31, by the Huskers and allowed Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper to explode for a career-best 36 points.
“After coming off of an extremely emotional loss, our focus has been great at practice,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously, finals week is a time when our minds can be all over the place. We are very pleased with our focus this week. It’s important that we prepare well.”
Florida State has been a dominant force at home, winning its first four games of the season in Tallahassee by 30 points per contest, while holding opponents to just 36 percent field goal shooting and 16 percent from behind the arc.
Senior guards Leonor Rodriguez (16.9 points per game) and Alexa Deluzio (14.5 ppg) have been on a tear in recent games. Rodriguez, who leads the nation in three-point shooting (68 percent), dropped 24 points and made 4-of-4 treys against the Huskers, while Deluzio came off the bench to tally 19 points and knock down three trey-balls. Over the past three games, each player is averaging 18.3 ppg and shooting a combined 65 percent from behind the arc (15-of-23).
Those two have been one of the main reasons the Noles lead the country in three-point shooting (.500), but the Noles are also getting solid production from a seven-member rotation that includes senior forwards Chasity Clayton (13.1 ppg), and Chelsea Davis (12.3 ppg), senior guard Morgan Toles (5.5 assists per game), junior forward Natasha Howard (14.4 ppg) and junior guard Yashira “Cheetah” Delgado (6.0 apg).
The Seminoles are the only team among the “Big Six” conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Pac 12, Big 12 and SEC) with five players scoring in double figures. However, Semrau hopes the Noles’ next three games leading up to the ACC schedule will give her an opportunity to expand the Garnet and Gold rotation.
“We have some young players that haven’t been able to see the kind of playing time we’d like to give them,” Semrau said. “We should be able to do that, I hope, within a rotation. We have a chance to put in some new things and spend some time looking at some different combinations. We can see who is ready to step up. I think everybody is excited for the game and excited to be done with finals.”
Grambling State brings a 1-6 record into Saturday’s clash. The Tigers are shooting just 32 percent from the floor this season and are being outrebounded by a -14.9 margin.