CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The 22nd-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team edged past Boston College, 67-57, on Thursday night at Silvio O. Conte Forum.
The Seminoles (14-3, 4-2 in the ACC) were red hot in the first half, shooting a season-best 61.5 percent (16-of-26) before the break and making six of their first seven three-point attempts.
FSU went ahead by as many as 13 in the second half, but lost its shooting touch.
Boston College (8-8, 2-3) used a 12-2 run to come within 3, 50-47, with eight minutes left after Kristen Doherty and Nicole Boudreau made back-to-back three-pointers and the Noles suffered through a near seven-minute field goal drought.
Senior guard Alexa Deluzio ended the cold streak with a jumper at the 6:59 mark and a pair of free throws from junior Natasha Howard put FSU in front 55-47 with 5:52 left.
A jumper by BC’s Kerri Shields brought Boston College within 4 with 1:52 remaining, but Howard answered with a layup 16 seconds later.
Senior forward Chasity Clayton had the play of the game when she grabbed a Davis air ball and beat the shot clock buzzer with a layup that extended the Noles’ lead to 63-55 with 39 seconds left.
Clayton finished with 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead four Seminoles in double figures.
After shooting nearly 62 percent in the first half, FSU shot just 32 percent after the break.
“We lost focus in the second half,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “We need to put together a 40-minute game. We are fortunate Chasity came up with the game she did. That was the difference. We are capable of having a different player step up for us every game.”
Both Clayton and Deluzio hit a pair of three-pointers in the first half.
After Boudreau nailed her second three-pointer to put the Eagles in front by 1, 12-11, Deluzio answered by swishing her second trey while getting fouled. The senior guard’s four-point play gave the Noles a 15-12 advantage at the 11:38 mark in the first half.
A three by reserve wing Lauren Coleman gave the Seminoles a 22-18 lead at the 7:30 mark and Clayton’s 24-foot trey from the top of the key gave FSU a commanding 29-20 advantage two-and-a-half minutes later.
Clayton buried another trey 3:20 before the break to make the score 32-23. Senior guard Leonor Rodriguez nailed a trifecta herself 25 seconds later and FSU took a 39-29 lead into halftime.
“I have a ton of respect for Erik Johnson and his program,” Semrau said. “I feel fortunate to go 2-0 against this team. Our defense has been the difference for us in the last two games. To hold a team to 57 points that shows it’s all about defense.”