Tallahassee, FL - The No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team hung on to beat Colorado State, 62-53, Thursday night and in doing so set a new school for consecutive wins at home.
Dating back to last season, the Seminoles (3-0) have now won 12 straight games at the Donald L. Tucker Center dating back to last season. The previous record of 11 was originally set by the 1988-89 squad.
Junior forward Cierra Bravard helped accomplish the feat by continuing her season-starting tear through the ’Noles’ competition.
After posting a double-double in each of the first two contests of the year, Bravard nearly did the same against the Rams (0-2). The Sandusky, Ohio native finished the night with a game-nest 19 points and eight rebounds and likely would have earned another double-digit rebound night had she not had the luxury of resting on the bench at the end of the game.
True freshman Natasha Howard added night points and guards Olivia Bresnahan and Alexa Deluzio scored seven points apiece.
CSU didn’t score its second basketball until just under 13 minutes into the game. That trend then continued through the rest of the first and half and into the second.
The Rams did generate a worthy run midway through the second half and into the final minutes when head coach Sue Semrau rested her starters. But because FSU had built a 33-9 halftime advantage and did enough on the defensive end the whole game, the run ultimately proved futile for the visitors.
“We are a basketball team that plays very well with a certain combination of players,” Semrau said. “We have to become a good basketball team no matter who is on the floor. You saw tonight that we let them get back in the game when all the young players came in.”
Despite allowing the Rams to hang around at the end of the game, the Garnet and Gold limited Colorado State to just 31.5 percent shooting from the field. In what has been a recurring them so far this year, the Seminoles also outrebounded their opponent, 44-34.
FSU also trimmed its turnovers down and gave the ball way just 16 times after committing 29 giveaways in the previous game against Auburn.
Florida State is home again Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when Vanderbilt comes to the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Fans that come to the game against the Commodores are encouraged to bring a canned good with them. All of the canned goods will be donated to the Tallahassee community to help feed the less fortunate.