Dec. 1, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Florida State women’s basketball team hits the road for its first true away game of the season on Sunday when the Seminoles battle Charlotte at Halton Arena at 2 p.m.
Florida State will look to win its seventh consecutive game to start the season against a 4-1 49ers team that has a pair of players (Amanda Dowe and Jennifer Hailey) averaging a double-double.
Last season, FSU edged Charlotte, 64-62, in Tallahassee in the first meeting ever between the two squads. Senior guard Alexa Deluzio led five Seminoles in double figures with 14 points in that matchup.
This season Deluzio has come off the bench in all six games, but has scored at least 10 points in five of six games. Senior guard Leonor Rodriguez (18.0 ppg), junior forward Natasha Howard (15.3 ppg) and senior post Chelsea Davis (14.2 ppg) have all scored in double figures in every game this season. Chasity Clayton is averaging 12.7 ppg and grabbing a team-best 7.8 rebounds per contest.
The point guard duo of senior Morgan Toles (6.0 assists per game) and Yashira “Cheetah” Delgado (6.3 apg) has jumpstarted Florida State’s uptempo attack this season, but the real star has been Rodriguez.
The Canary Islands, Spain, native is shooting a spectacular .672 percentage from the field – the highest mark of any guard in the nation. The reigning ACC Player of the Week leads the conference in three-point percentage (.625) and is coming off a career-high 28-point performance in FSU’s 83-69 victory over Iowa on Wednesday.
The Seminoles have been one of the country’s best road teams over the past four seasons, winning 74 percent of their away games since the start of the 2008-09 season.