NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team was upset by Yale Saturday night in New Haven, Conn., 91-85.
The setback is just FSU’s (9-2) second loss of the season as it snapped Yale’s (2-7) seven-game losing streak.
Senior guard Courtney Ward led all Seminoles players with 19 points while redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio poured in 17 of her own.
Freshman forward Natasha Howard added 15 points and eight rebounds, redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton and senior guard Christian Hunnicutt had eight apiece.
Junior forward Cierra Bravard battled with foul issues and had just six points but grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Bulldogs had four players in double figures, including two players that scored in the 20s.
For the game, Yale was red-hot from the field as it finished with a 50-percent shooting mark; including a 42-percent clip from 3-point range. FSU shot a nearly-as-god 44 percent on 31-70 shooting.
The ’Noles had more rebounds than Yale but had 20 turnovers compared to the home team’s 15.
Combine Yale’s consistent shooting and a quick-whistle group of officials and the Seminoles found themselves down 55-42 at halftime. The 13-point Bulldog lead marked FSU’s largest deficit of the season.
Back-to-back triples by Ward and Deluzio then kicked off the second period as the ’Noles cut into the home team’s lead.
But Yale answered right away and seemed to hit the necessary shots to keep the game around a 10-point affair.
Until halfway through the final period, that is.
Down 64-54, Florida State’s defensive intensity moved up a notch and the offense in turn responded. Clayton hit a turnaround jumper and then Deluzio beat the defense for an uncontested lay-in that capped an 11-0 run and put FSU on top 65-64 with 10:44 remaining.
The lead was brief, though, as both teams traded baskets the remainder of the ballgame.
The Bulldogs then built an 86-82 lead before Bravard went to the free-throw line with 39 seconds left and converted both freebies to make it a two-point game. Yale scored on the ensuing possession and hit most of its free throws down the stretch to hold to win.
Florida State plays at No. 1 UConn on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. As of right now, that game is scheduled to air nationally on ESNPU but there is a chance that Sunday night it will be switched to an ESPN2 broadcast.