Dec. 28, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sparked by a 20-point performance from Alexa Deluzio and the first career double-double from Chelsea Davis, the Florida State women’s basketball team raced past Yale, 92-58, on Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles enacted revenge on the Bulldogs, who upset them, 91-85, in New Haven, Conn., in their matchup last season.
This year’s meeting was never close, as FSU jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the game’s first nine-and-a-half minutes. Yale tried to push the pace and stifle Deluzio by hounding her with ball pressure the entire length of the court, but the junior guard sliced and diced her way through the Bulldogs to tie her season-high with 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while also dishing five assists.
FSU shot a season-best 62.3 percent from the floor and outscored the Bulldogs, 60-8, in the paint, as Davis led the way in the post for the Noles in her first career start, totaling 12 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.
“Alexa Deluzio had a great all-around game and Chelsea Davis was fantastic in getting a double-double,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “It felt good to be back in the Donald L. Tucker Center and its great to get a win coming out of our short break.”
Deluzio blew past Yale’s star guard Megan Vasquez countless times for layups in the first half as she scored 15 points before the break.
Deluzio also had her hand in a superb defensive effort by the Noles, holding the Bulldogs to just 25.8 percent shooting and Vasquez, a First Team All-Ivy League selection and Yale’s leading scorer (15.2 ppg), to zero points on 0-of-6 shooting.
The only Yale player to do any real damage on the offensive end was Janna Graff, who scored 18 points and made 5-of-7 three point attempts.
Graf scored Yale’s first nine points – all on treys, and the Seminoles held the Bulldogs without a two-point field goal until the 9:11 mark of the first half when Hayden Latham drilled a bucket to make the score 26-11.
The Florida State lead swelled to 38-13 when senior post Cierra Bravard was fouled making a layup and knocked down the free throw.
FSU’s 49 points at the half were its most this season before the break, but the Seminoles didn’t slow down after the break. Florida State shot a ridiculous 72 percent (18-of-25) in the second half en route to its second straight blowout victory at home. The Noles defeated Alabama A&M, 86-41, on Dec. 19.
Junior Leo Rodriguez was the catalyst of the second half, dishing five or her seven assists after the break. She finished with a season-best seven points in a career-best 30 minutes of action.
Rodriguez pushed the Noles in transition in the second half and found sophomore forward Natasha Howard twice for easy layups in the first five minutes of the final frame, as FSU built a 61-28 lead.
Howard finished with 15 points and seven boards, while Bravard tallied 14 points and seven boards and junior forward Chasity Clayton scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards.
The Seminoles will look to snag another win to close out 2011 on Friday in Orlando in a 4:30 p.m. ET matchup with UCF.
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