FREEPORT, Bahamas (Seminoles.com) – The No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team beat Alabama, 68-61, Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
With the win, the Seminoles (5-0) will now take on Arizona State Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the title game on the Freeport Division side of the tournament bracket.
FSU earned its win over the Crimson Tide (5-1) despite committing a season-high 30 turnovers. Assistant coach Lance White joked in the pregame that Alabama would pressure the ’Noles the moment they stepped off the team bus and essentially that is what they did.
Despite the fact that the Seminoles had to overcome an intense Crimson Tide defensive intensity while still working out the kinks of a new offense, the scoreboard still favored the Garnet and Gold at the final buzzer.
Thanks in large part to Cierra Bravard.
FSU’s junior forward posted her third double-double of the year with her season-best 24 points and 10 rebounds. Making her performance even more special was that she had to deal with foul trouble most of the night.
Bravard finished the night 6-of-12 from the field and 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
Redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton added 10 points and freshman forward Natasha Howard posted nine points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Christian Hunnicutt added additional eight points.
As a team, Florida State outrebounded Alabama 54-29. FSU shot 46 percent from the field compared to the Crimson Tide’s 35 percent clip.
Alabama, who was led by Tierney Jenkins’ 17 points, committed just 13 turnovers.
The ’Noles are now 3-0 this season against teams from the Southeastern Conference.
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