TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 16 Florida State women’s basketball team returned to action Sunday afternoon with an 87-39 win over Jacksonville State at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles (8-1), who had not played a game since Dec. 4 because of final exams, used the break to not only finish off the fall semester but also correct some offensive miscues that had become an issue in recent weeks.
Well, if the game against the Gamecocks (2-6) is any indication of just how hard the ’Noles worked, then expect a bunch of good grades on those end-of-year finals. FSU finished Sunday’s matchup with a season-low 13 turnovers and in turn registered the most points since the 89 the team hung on Alabama State in the season opener.
It also marked the first time all season that five Seminoles scored in double figures.
“We did a great job of focusing through finals,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “That’s a hard time for the players to get their minds on basketball. I thought they did a great job of doing what they needed to do in the classroom and in growing and getting better on the basketball court over the past week.”
Added redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton: “We took this game possession by possession and you can see that it worked out for us very well today.”
True freshman forward Natasha Howard led all FSU players with 17 points on an especially-efficient 8-of-11 shooting. She also had a team-best seven rebounds.
Clayton posted a season-best 16 points with five rebounds and junior forward Cierra Bravard added 13 points with four boards.
Senior guard Courtney Ward contributed 11 points and the 11 scored by sophomore Leonor Rodriguez tied the Spanish guard’s career-high.
As a team, the ’Noles accrued a season-high 21 assists and won the rebounding battle for the ninth-straight time this year, 46-26. Florida State shot 53.8 percent from the field compared to just 25.9 percent by the visitors.
FSU was on top 49-22 at halftime and never let off the gas. The Seminoles led by as many as 50 points during the game.
Florida State will be in action again at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Wednesday when UCF makes the four-hour trip north for a 6 p.m. game. The team then hits the road for games at Yale and at No. 1 UConn.
“We’ve got some difficult games coming up,” Semrau said. “I think the players are rested and ready to go.”