Jan. 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Led by a 19-point performance from senior forward Chelsea Davis, the No. 21/22-ranked Florida State women’s basketball defeated Virginia Tech, 70-56, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles (17-3 overall and 7-2 in the ACC) extended their win streak to five games. The victory also marked the fifth time FSU has won 17 of 20 games in a season in program history.
“That’s called grinding it out,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “It was tough to score, but from my understanding we are only the second team to score 70 points on their defense. Credit Virginia Tech. Credit them on the boards. Credit their defense for making it a great basketball game. Really credit the turn in the second half with our team as well and taking care of the basketball. When we do that Thursday for both halves it will be a lot prettier to watch.”
The Noles started out red hot, hitting 11 of their first 16 shots, but made just three of their next 19, letting a 14-point lead evaporate late in the first half.
FSU committed 12 turnovers and made just 6-of-11 free throws in the first 20. However, the Noles committed just five turnovers and drilled 13-of-16 at the line after halftime.
Davis made her first five shot attempts of the game. Her fifth field goal put the Seminoles in front 25-13 at the eight-minute mark of the first half.
FSU extended its lead to 31-17 just under five minutes before halftime when junior guard Cheetah Delgado stole a pass and cruised in for an uncontested layup.
Virginia Tech answered with a 13-1 run that brought the Hokies within 2, 32-30, after Monet Tellier hit a jumper.
Davis’ layup with 1:06 left halted the Hokies spurt and sent the Seminoles into the locker room with a 34-30 lead.
Virginia Tech hung with Florida State for most of the second half.
Hokie guard Alexis Lloyd tied the game 45-45 by hitting a three-pointer with nine minutes left.
FSU responded by going on a 16-3 run down the stretch. Back-to-back buckets by Rodriguez put the Noles up 53-46 at the 5:10 mark.
Senior point guard Morgan Toles connected on a runner that made the score 61-48 with 2:50 left.
Deluzio put the game out of reach when she buried a three from the corner to give FSU a 66-50 advantage with 1:10 left.
“The last couple games we’ve had to grind it out,” Clayton said. “I commend our team for focusing in for the last couple of minutes in that last media timeout to really focus and executing what we needed to do to win.”
The Seminoles return to action on Thursday when they take on No. 11 North Carolina at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill. FSU will then return home to welcome Clemson on Sunday at 7 p.m. Both games will air live on ESPN3.
Notes: At the 16:14 mark, Alexia Deluzio made a layup to pass assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff (1,350) for the 12th place in FSU scoring all-time with 1,351 points and closed today’s game with 1,361 total points…Today’s game marks the second straight game that FSU started off 10 and 14 from the field… Today’s game marks the 10th time FSU shot 50 percent or better in the first half…The Seminoles are 13-0 when four players score in double figures…The win marks the fifth time in school history and the third time in the Sue Semrau era, the Noles have won 17 of their first 20 games…FSU last accomplished that feat during the 2009-10 Elite Eight season…FSU needs three more wins to give Coach Sue her seventh 20-win season and the Seminoles’ 11th 20-win campaign all-time…This is the first time since the 09-10 season that the Seminoles have won five consecutive ACC games…VT came in allowing opponents just 54.1 points per game but FSU became just the second team to score 70 against the Hokies…Chelsea Davis recorded a career-high in minutes (32) for the third consecutive game.