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Barefoot Noles Hoping to Stomp Yellow Jackets

By: FSU Sports Information
By: FSU Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Seminole head coach Sue Semrau and her staff will go barefoot for bare feet on Sunday when the Florida State women’s basketball team hosts Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

In conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet, Semrau and her staff will coach barefoot in an effort to call attention to the 300 million children in the world who are at risk of disease, infection and death due to not owning a single pair of shoes.

This is the fourth straight year the Seminoles have coached a game sans shoes and FSU is 3-0 in previous contests.

To move to 4-0, Florida State will have to tame the Yellow Jackets (13-6, 3-3 in the ACC) for the fourth consecutive time. The Seminoles (11-9, 3-3) are 20-18 all-time against Georgia Tech and have captured the last three meetings.

The Ramblin’ Wreck has won two of its last three games, but fell to Duke, 79-62, in its last game on Wednesday night despite center Sasha Goodlett’s 25-point night in which she made 9-of-10 field goals.

“Georgia Tech applies a lot of different kinds of pressure,” Semrau said. “They have great athletes, and they like to get after it. They have a post player in the middle, Sasha Goodlett, who is playing really well. She’ll be a big matchup for Cierra (Bravard). We look forward to attacking their pressure.”

Goodlett leads the ACC in scoring in conference play at 19.5 ppg. She will be matched up against Bravard, FSU’s senior preseason All-American center.

Bravard has averaged 14.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg this season. Lately, the Seminoles have been carried by junior guard Alexa Deluzio and sophomore forward Natasha Howard, though.

Deluzio erupted for a career-best 28 points, nailing 6-of-9 from downtown to carry the Seminoles past Boston College, 68-59, on Thursday night in Chestnut Hill. Deluzio leads the ACC in three-point shooting (45.7 percent) in conference play.

She scored 20 points in FSU’s 73-60 win over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee last season.

Howard heads into Sunday’s matchup coming off back-to-back double-double performances. She tallied 22 points and 17 boards versus No. 13/11 Miami last Sunday and 12 points and 12 rebounds against the Eagles. She is averaging 16.8 ppg and 10.8 boards in her last four contests.

“We’ll have three of four games on the road, so we are relishing the opportunity to be home Sunday against Georgia Tech,” Semrau said. “I’m excited, not just because it’s a big game, but because I get to coach barefoot. I always relish that.”

Fans are encouraged to donate a new pair of shoes for underprivileged youth at the game. Donation boxes will be located around the concourse at the arena. As a thank you, all fans who bring a pair of new shoes on Sunday will be entered to win a signed basketball by Semrau. Sign-ups will be located at the marketing table.

Those who want to help provide shoes to children in need can text 85844 with the keyword “SHOES” to give a one-time $10 gift that will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet through their cell phone bill or go online to samaritansfeet.org.

For more information on Florida State women’s basketball, follow the Seminoles on Twitter at: @FSU_WBasketball.


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