TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Fourteenth-ranked Florida State sustained its first setback of the 2010-11 campaign with a 72-64 loss Wednesday night to No. 25 Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Despite cutting the MSU’s (6-1) 12-point lead to just 64-62 with 1:14 left to play in the game, the Seminoles (6-1) would never get any closer and were ultimately done in by a 19-0 second-half Sparty run.
Not helping matters was the fact that the Spartans scored 28 points off of 24 FSU turnovers. The ’Noles also shot just 36 percent from the field.
“You can’t turn the ball over that many times and expect to win a basketball game; especially against a good team like Michigan State,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Offensively, we just didn’t do what we had to do and they made us pay.”
While Kalisha Keane’s 22 points carried the visitors, senior point guard Courtney Ward led Florida State with 15.
Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio added 14 points and true freshman forward Natasha Howard registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Howard also added team-highs in assists (two), steals (two) and blocks (one).
Michigan State was also able to do something that many teams hadn’t done so well this year: limit Cierra Bravard.
The ’Noles’ standout forward was held to nine points while also grabbing eight rebounds for a Seminoles team that did win the battle on the boards, 45-29.
The Seminoles led by as many as 16 points in the opening half but Michigan State chipped away at that advantage before the halftime buzzer. FSU went into the break with a 30-25 lead.
While the FSU football team gears up for Saturday’s league championship game, the women’s basketball squad will also be in the state of North Carolina.
The ’Noles play at Western Carolina on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
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