Nov. 20, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Guided by a monster effort by true freshman center Cierra Bravard, the No. 21 Seminoles defeated the College of Charleston 70-57 Thursday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Bravard, who has started in the middle of the FSU (3-0) lineup every game of the season so far, connected on 11 of her 17 shots for a game- and career-high 25 points. She also added eight rebounds.
“When it comes down to it, I think our play tonight made a lot of people realize that we are all here for the same thing,” Bravard said, “and if we all work together than different people on the team will have big nights. Tonight was just my night and I am thankful that my team trusted me and let me do what I can do.”
In addition to Bravard, the Cougars (1-1) also didn’t have an answer on the inside for forward Jacinta Monroe. The 6-foot-4 post-player has put up big numbers in each of FSU’s three games this season and Thursday was no different.
Monroe earned the 10th double-double of her career and second of the season as she finished the game with 15 points and a game-high 15 rebounds while adding two blocks.
“When we are both on the floor together, there is no way no matter what any team does that they can stop both of us,” Bravard said. “Tonight was my night but I know that another night will be her night and I will have no problem with getting her the ball.”
Senior guard Mara Freshour also added eight points, three assists and two steals.
Despite the fact that the Seminoles didn’t allow any College of Charleston player to score in double figures, the FSU defense was suspect at times in the second half. FSU took a 32-21 lead into the halftime break after holding the Cougars to just 21.9-percent shooting in the game’s first 20 minutes, FSU allowed the Cougars to shoot 41.9 percent in the second half.
College of Charleston used the improved shooting percentage to claw back into the game and took the lead 48-49 with 7:10 left remaining in the contest.
But it was a lead that wouldn’t last as Freshour connected on two free throws at the game’s 6:44-mark and FSU went on a 21-8 run to finish the game.
“Mara is a clutch player for us that is going to knock down free throws,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Then I thought our players showed a lot of poise to make that run.”
Sarah Moye and Brooke Kotcella each scored a team-high eight points for the Cougars. Nikki Williams recorded a team-high 11 rebounds.
FSU just barely won the rebounding battle as they secured 42 boards compared to College of Charleston’s 40.
Next up for the Seminoles is another home game as the Florida Gators come to Tallahassee for a showdown between in-state rivals Sunday at 2 p.m.