Dec. 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team will take a three-game wins streak to the Music City on Thursday, when the Seminoles face the No. 23/25-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores at 8 p.m. ET at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn.
The Seminoles are coming off of a dominating 86-41 victory over Alabama A&M on Monday in front 4,499 fans at the Donald L. Tucker Center in a game in which they tallied a school-record 15 blocks and shot a season-best 56.3 percent.
FSU expects a much tougher test from Vanderbilt, a team that won its first 10 games to start the season before falling at NC State, 66-59, on Sunday.
“We need a lot of momentum going into our game on Thursday,” senior center Cierra Bravard said. “Vanderbilt is a really good team and it’s going to be a much different matchup than our game on Monday.”
Bravard, a preseason All-American, has lived up to the hype in her final collegiate season.
The 6-4 Sandusky, Ohio, native ranks second in the ACC in scoring (17.5 ppg) and fourth in in field goal shooting (.566 percent).
Vanderbilt will be the third ranked team FSU has faced this season. The Seminoles fell to No. 11/12 Louisville, 85-76, on Nov. 25 despite tying the game up in the last five minutes. Five days later, FSU dropped a 78-75 overtime decision at No. 17/19 Ohio State.
Despite the losses, Bravard was a star in both of those games, averaging 27.0 pp
Coincidentally, the Seminoles last non-conference win over a ranked opponent came against Vanderbilt (72-66) on Nov. 21, 2010, in Tallahassee. Courtney Ward led the Noles with 31 points and seven three-pointers in that win. Vanderbilt’s then freshmen tandem of Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister combined to make 8-of-14 three-pointers last season against FSU.
The Commodores’ sophomore guard combo has picked up right where it left off last season, propelling Vanderbilt to the nation’s third-best team field goal percentage (49.6 percent) and second-best three-point percentage (42.9 percent).
FSU Assists Christmas Connection
The entire Florida State squad assisted the Christmas Connection at Tallahassee Mall on Tuesday afternoon following its practice. The Seminoles collected and packaged clothes, food, toys and other gifts for families in need.
Over the years, Christmas Connection has exploded to a massive volunteer effort that now helps 600 to 800 families in an eight-county region each year.
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