Dec. 4, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Three Seminoles scored in double figures and all 11 student-athletes participated as the No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team defeated Western Carolina, 68-48, in Cullowhee, NC Saturday afternoon.
The road win comes on the heels of FSU’s (7-1) first loss of the season; a 72-64 setback at the hands of Michigan State on Wednesday.
Redshirt sophomore Alexa Deluzio led the way for the Seminoles with 12 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Senior Courtney contributed to the winning effort with 11 points of her own and five rebounds while nursing a sore left ankle.
Junior forward Cierra Bravard added 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks despite foul issues.
The ’Noles led 46-42 eight minutes into the second half but never could seem to shake the pesky Catamounts (1-5). That all changed with 11:13 left on the game clock when Bravard splashed back-to-back free throws and FSU closed out the matchup with a 20-2 run.
“It was a fun trip coming up here to the mountains,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “And the outcome was even better. Western Carolina did a great job today. They rebounded the basketball very well on the offensive end. They missed some free throws there at the end when we were in the double bonus and that made the difference.
“We then did our job on the offensive end and closed it out.”
Helping Florida State finish off Western Carolina was a plethora of youngsters. At one point late in the ballgame, three true freshmen and two sophomores were on the court at the same time.
Rookie Tay’ler Mingo added two points and was a force on the defensive end and Lauren Coleman played in her first game as a Seminole after being limited by a knee injury to start the year. The Lawrenceville, Ga. native scored on a long jumpshot late in the contest.
Senior Christian Hunnicutt, whose younger sister Diamond plays for Western Carolina, added eight points and freshman Natasha Howard posted two points and five rebounds. Sophomore Leonor Rodriguez had two rebounds, a steal and an assist off the bench.
For the game, the ’Noles shot 46 percent from the field compared to 34 percent by the Catamounts. As they have done all year, FSU won the rebound battle, 42-34.
Florida State won’t play again until Dec. 12 as the players will focus on exams this week. Jacksonville State comes to the Donald L. Tucker Center on Sunday at 2 p.m.