GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 23rd-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team will head into the conference schedule on a roll after blowing out UNCG, 93-63, on Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Seminoles tallied their highest number of steals (25) since 1996 and forced the Spartans into 34 total turnovers en route to moving to 10-1 for the sixth time in school history.
Florida State, which opens ACC play against Boston College in Tallahassee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30, won its third consecutive game by 30 points at the home court of the conference tournament which will be played in March.
“This game served the purpose we wanted it to,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We wanted to get a feel for the arena. We came out and played great in the first half. (Chasity) Clayton was great on the offensive end and we did a great job in the first half forcing turnovers. It’s great to end the non-conference schedule on a high note.”
Senior forward Chasity Clayton led five Noles in double figures with a career-best-tying 21 points. Senior Alexa Deluzio scored 12 points, while classmate Leonor Rodriguez tallied 11 points, six assists and a career-best six steals.
Senior Chelsea Davis scored 10 points and junior Natasha Howard had 11 points and five steals.
Senior point guard Morgan Toles dished seven assists and made five steals, while fellow floor general Yashira “Cheetah” Delgado had five assists and three steals. The pair constantly pushed the pace, as FSU held a 26-6 advantage in fastbreak points.
Sophomore Lauren Coleman scored a career-best eight points in 19 minutes off the bench.
The Spartans actually led 9-7 after Sidnei Harmon made a layup at the 15:35 mark in the first half.
Florida State wouldn’t let UNCG score for another eight minutes, nine seconds, however. As they’ve done to opponents for most of the season, the Seminoles ran away from the Spartans by using pressure defense to force turnovers that led to easy baskets.
FSU scored 23 consecutive points in an eight-minute span to take a 30-9 lead.
Delgado fed Deluzio for a trey from the wing that made the score 18-9 at the 11:50 mark. The lead swelled to 25-9 just over 10 minutes into the game after Clayton drilled a three and hit a turnaround jumper.
Delgado made the score 28-9 when she stole the ball from UNCG guard Jessica Collins just past half court, made a crossover dribble and faked a pass before nailing her signature teardop runner in the lane.
Coleman capped the game-breaking run with a jumper off a pass from Delgado with 7:43 remaining in the first half.
Florida State went up 53-20 just over a minute before the break after Rodriguez saved a ball out of bounce under the UNCG hoop right to Deluzio who drilled a three.
FSU forced the Spartans into 25 turnovers in the first half, which is one more than the highest total the Noles forced an opponent into in any full game last season.
The Seminoles continued their dominance in the second half, raising their lead to as many as 43 points on a layup by sophomore forward Kristi Mokube with 10 minutes left in the game.
The Spartans were led by Lucy Mason’s 21 points and five three-pointers.