Jan. 24, 2011
|Players of the Game|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – That’s how you halt a Hurricane.
The No. 16 Florida State women’s basketball team successfully ended No. 22 Miami’s 17-game winning streak Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center with a 66-59 victory.
Thanks to a 16-4 run to start the second half and the perseverance to end it later on, the Seminoles (16-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame 29 turnovers in giving the Hurricanes (18-2, 4-1) their first loss since Nov. 17.
Blanketed by Alexa Deluzio and Christian Hunnicutt all night, Miami’s prolific scoring tandem of Riguna Williams and Shenise Johnson went a combined 13-of-42. The FSU defense limited the Hurricanes to a season-low 59 points on just 30 percent shooting.
The ‘Noles also outrebounded their rivals 47-28.
“We went into it knowing that our defense was going to win us the game,” Deluzio said. “We made very few mental errors on matchups.”
Added FSU head coach Sue Semrau: “We did what we had to do.”
Offensively, Deluzio and freshman forward Natasha Howard led all FSU players with 12 points apiece. Deluzio also had six rebounds and Howard, who was hampered slightly by an MCL sprain she sustained in the first half, grabbed four rebounds.
Junior forward Cierra Bravard added 11 points and nine rebounds as she came within one board of her sixth double-double of the year.
Senior guard Courtney Ward had nine points and six rebounds and sophomore forward Chelsea Davis had nine points, too. Hunnicutt finished the night with seven points and redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton had five of her own.
Florida State shot 48 percent from the field.
Monday night’s game marked the third time that the program has worked in conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet as the Seminoles’ coaching staff went barefoot for the ballgame and fans donated new shoes at the Tucker Center doors.
FSU has now won all three of its Samaritan’s Feet games.
Semrau and her staff now put their shoes back on and maybe a pair of snow boots. The ‘Noles next play at Boston College on Thursday night before traveling to Raleigh, NC to take on NC State Sunday afternoon.