TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a road trip to Missouri and the start of conference play on the horizon, Florida State women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau was worried Thursday’s contest against Stetson might be a trap game.
Ninety-two points later, that concern was erased.
The Seminoles (11-3) blasted the visiting Hatters (5-6) 92-44 at the Donald L. Tucker Center as three players scored in double figures. Like they did in Tuesday’s thrilling win over Florida, the ’Noles also posted more assists (a season-best 25) than turnovers (19) against Stetson.
“This certainly could have been a trap game,” Semrau said afterwards. “I was pleased that the players were able to move past the win over our biggest rival and stay focused tonight. We were able to get a lot of our young players in and let them get some good minutes tonight.”
One of the few student-athletes that isn’t one of those “young” players on a Seminoles team that features eight underclassmen, junior forward and All-America candidate Cierra Bravard registered a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting while also grabbing seven rebounds and a steal.
Senior guard Courtney Ward and redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton combined to score 14 points apiece.
Ward, FSU’s all-time career and single-season assists leader, finished the game just eight points shy of becoming the 24th player in Florida State women’s basketball history to eclipse the 1,000 points-scored mark for a career.
As for Clayton, who also dished out a season-high five assists, Semrau was very complimentary of the game played by her top reserve off the bench.
“Chasity did such a great job tonight,” Semrau said. “For a player that is best known as someone that slashes to the basket and looks to score, she was really doing a fantastic job of finding her teammates and creating offense.”
In addition to Clayton, another youngster, freshman forward Natasha Howard, contributed nine points and nine rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio and sophomore forward Chelsea Davis also had nine points each.
True freshman Olivia Bresnahan concluded the game with eight points and senior guard Christian Hunnicutt had six.
All 11 FSU players entered the ballgame.
On the night, the Seminoles shot an efficient 57 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. For the 12th time this year, FSU won the rebounding battle, 47-32, while also holding the Hatters to just 25 percent shooting.
In the “cool stats” category, Florida State made 36 of its 63 shots while Stetson took just one less shot at 62 but found the net just 16 times on those attempts.
FSU plays at Missouri on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.