Blacksburg, VA - She’s got over 200 career victories and is the all-time wins leader in Florida State women’s basketball history.
Now Sue Semrau has 100 Atlantic Coast Conference victories on her resume.
The No. 19 Seminoles gave their head coach that milestone win Thursday night against Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum, 79-48, in the ACC opener for both squads. Under Semrau, who has still never lost to Virginia Tech on the road, FSU (13-3) is now 9-5 in its first league game of the year and has won the last five straight.
The win over the Hokies (9-6) also moves the ’Noles’ current winning streak to four games as a regionally-televised home contest against Virginia looms on Sunday.
“The fan in me loves that we stopped them on defense,” Semrau said. “The coach in me says that I hope that these players go back home and stay focused on building off this and getting better and better as we move forward in ACC play.”
Four FSU players scored in double figures with redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton’s season-high 16 points leading the way. The Alexandria, Va. native also had five boards.
Senior guard Courtney Ward contributed 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. All-star candidate Cierra Bravard posted 10 points to go along with five rebounds before fouling out with just over eight minutes remaining on the clock.
Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds while freshman forward Natasha Howard added eight points and three rebounds.
Thursday’s game was close in the opening minutes as both teams tried to find their shot. Up 6-4 in the first few minutes, the Seminoles then raced ahead and took a 39-20 lead into halftime behind 10 Clayton points.
They never looked back after that.
A game after holding Missouri to sub-30-percent shooting, FSU limited Virginia Tech to just a 35 percent clip from the floor and just 25 percent from the 3-point line.
On the other end, Florida State shot 54 percent and had more assists (20) than turnovers (17). The Seminoles, who had all 11 players score, outrebounded the Hokies, 43-31.
“I think it’s very important to come out strong defensively,” Ward said.
FSU’s game against UVa will tip-off at 3:05 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Sunday. The game will be aired live on Fox Sports Florida with Tom Block (play-by-play) and Robin Muller (analysis) on the call.