TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – They’re that much closer to another regular-season conference title.
Two games away to be exact.
The No. 12 Florida State women’s basketball defeated No. 17 Maryland, 72-66, Sunday afternoon at home. By doing so, the Seminoles, who control their own destiny as far as a regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference championship is concerned, now just need a win at Miami and at home against Clemson to finish in at least a tie at the top of the league pile.
FSU’s victory also moves its record to 22-5 overall and to 10-2 in league play. The ’Noles have now won at least 10 ACC contests in a school-record three consecutive seasons.
“That really is an accomplishment and it’s all because of them,” FSU head coach Semrau said, referring to her players.
It was the balanced effort of those student-athletes Sunday that helped the Seminoles get past a Terrpains squad (21-6, 7-5 ACC) feeling good after a monster win over Duke in their last outing.
FSU got double-figure scoring from five different players as junior forward Cierra Bravard and sophomore forward Chelsea Davis led the charge with 14 points apiece. Both post players also combined for eight rebounds.
Redshirt sophomore Chasity Clayton -- like Davis -- came off the bench to reach double figures. Clayton finished the day with 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Natasha Howard added 10 points and eight rebounds while senior guard Courtney Ward had 10 points and six assists.
Florida State’s second-leading scorer, Alexa Deluzio, was limited to four points but she grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
Senior guard Christian Hunnicutt had six points, four rebounds and three assists.
As a team, the Seminoles shot 34 percent from the field and committed just 13 turnovers. FSU’s bench outscored Maryland, 26-7.
“We have quality depth,” Semrau said. “That was a very physical game against probably the biggest team we have played all season. They have height and size at every position and I was proud of the way we stayed aggressive both on offense and defense.”
The Seminoles closed the first half with a 30-14 run before taking a 36-28 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Terrapins closed the gap to 45-42 with just over 13 minutes to play but would get any closer.
Florida State now travels to Miami to face a top-15 Hurricanes team that is tied with FSU and Duke at the top of the ACC. The two in-state rivals will meet on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The ’Noles then return to Tallahassee for the home and season finale on Sunday, Feb. 27 against Clemson. That contest will serve as Senior Day and the program will honor fourth-year players Ward and Hunnicutt.
In addition to thanking the Seminole seniors for their hard work over the years, the women's basketball program will thank the devoted fans.
Dubbed the "Thank You, Thank Them" game, Semrau will be out in the community this week distributing free tickets for all those that wish to come celebrate.