Tallahassee, FL - The No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team extended its winning streak against UCF to 11 consecutive games with a 69-51 victory Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles (9-1) are now 15-2 all-time against the in-state Knights (4-5) and still have never lost to the Orlando team during FSU head coach Sue Semrau’s 14-year tenure.
“We built a lead tonight and that allowed us to play all of our kids,” Semrau said. “I was pleased with how hard we played.”
Junior forward Cierra Bravard led all FSU players as she posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio also reached the double-digit mark on the score sheet with 11 points.
Freshman phenom Natasha Howard contributed eight points, five rebounds and two blocks while redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton also posted eight points and four rebounds.
Senior guard Christian Hunnicutt, who Semrau praised in the postgame press conference for her unselfish hustle plays all season long, scored just two points but nabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists.
Sophomore forward Chelsea Davis added nine points and freshman guard Tay’ler Mingo had seven.
Just as it did a game prior in a runaway win over Jacksonville State, the Florida State defense set the tone against UCF. The Seminoles held the visitors to just 31 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers.
The ’Noles registered 23 points off those takeaways.
On the flip side, FSU stayed beneath the 20-turnover plateau for the second game in a row with 18 giveaways.
For the game, Florida State shot 38 percent from the field and continued its season-long trend of outrebounding its opponent. The Seminoles had 49 boards compared to the Knights’ 41.
FSU built a 31-9 lead and didn’t let UCF reach double digits until there was 2:37 left in the first half before taking a 37-19 advantage into the break.
Florida State will now travel to New York City Thursday and will be in the Big Apple until Friday afternoon before bussing to play at Yale Saturday night. The ’Noles then play at No. 1 UConn Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a game that will air nationally on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
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