Tallahassee, FL - It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.
No. 15 Florida State’s Alexa Deluzio scored just five points while picking up two fouls in the first half of Friday’s home game against Georgia Tech but exploded in the second period. The redshirt sophomore guard scored 15 of her total 20 points in the second half and the Seminoles (20-2, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned a 73-60 win over the Yellow Jackets.
FSU has now won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons.
In front of the season’s largest home crowd, Deluzio made seven of her 13 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. She also added five rebounds and four assists despite – like her teammates -- hitting the floor on multiple occasions.
“It’s like this every time we play Georgia Tech,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “The great thing is that we have a physical team that can compete like this. This is as physical a game as we have played all year.”
Senior point guard Courtney Ward poured in 15 points to go along with her nine rebounds and five assists against Georgia Tech (18-8, 6-4).
Junior forward Cierra Bravard also had 15 points and freshman forward Natasha Howard added 11 of her own. Senior guard Christian Hunnicutt had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.
“We came into this game knowing that it was going to be a battle,” Deluzio said. “We have so much respect for Georgia Tech and we worked hard this week in preparation for them.”
That preparation saw the ’Noles shoot 52 percent from the field and 53 percent from behind the 3-point line. They held Georgia Tech to 34 percent shooting.
Both teams scored 30 points apiece in the paint.
Friday’s game not only saw FSU pull out a win but it also served as the team’s annual “Paint It Pink” contest as the program continued to raise awareness for breast cancer research and prevention.
Thousands of Seminole fans donned pink shirts and the entire team wore all-pink uniforms for the first time in school history.
“The crowds all year have been fantastic and tonight was no exception to that,” Semrau said. “The atmosphere was great and the fans that came out were not just here to see women’s basketball but to help a great cause.”
Florida State now travels to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons Thursday at 7 p.m. The Seminoles are undefeated on the road in conference play.