Jan. 27, 2011
|Players of the Game|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – It may have been snowing outside, but it was raining triples inside Conte Forum Thursday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
No. 15 Florida State and Boston College combined for 23 3-pointers in a shootout that saw the Seminoles push their conference road-record to 3-0 in a 102-93 victory.
FSU (17-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied a school record with 12 3-pointers to reach the seventh highest scoring output in school history. Senior point guard Courtney Ward was responsible for six of those long-distance shots. The Montgomery, Ala. native finished the evening with 20 points.
And she wasn’t alone.
A season-high six players scored in double figures – including three in the 20s — for a ‘Noles team that shot 58 percent from the field and a season-high 77 percent from behind the 3-point line against the Eagles (15-4, 2-4).
Junior forward Cierra Bravard scored a team-high 21 points behind a career-best 15 free-throws (most of which occurred in the final minutes). Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio added 20 points of her own.
“We knew Boston College has been scoring well and we just wanted to limit them,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously we didn’t do that but we were able to match them offensively and that was the difference.”
As would be expected of a ballgame featuring two sharp-shooting squads, the scoreboard was close until the very end.
Bravard made several clutch free throws in the final minutes and Deluzio drained a 3-pointer but FSU never built more than a seven-point lead in the waning moments.
Then Bravard was fouled on a turn-around jumper and made the resulting free-throw before Boston College answered with a 3-pointer on the opposite end.
Up 92-88 with 1:53 left to play, Deluzio nailed yet another three and the Eagles made one free throw with just under a minute to play. The 95-89 score would be as close the hosts would get.
“That was incredible,” Deluzio said afterwards. “Cierra made some big free throws at the end. I can’t believe she went to the line 18 times.”
The Seminoles took a 49-48 lead into halftime thanks to two late 3-pointers by Howard and Davis. The Eagles had led nearly all of the opening period behind nine converted triples in the first half.
Florida State now travels to Raleigh, NC on Friday afternoon. The team plays at NC State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a game that will air live on Fox Sports South.