By Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a 33-point explosion in the first seven minutes and 18 seconds of the second half, the Florida State women’s basketball team cruised to a 96-60 victory over Grambling State at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday night. The Seminoles moved to 8-1 on the year and remain undefeated at home (5-0).
“It turned into something that the players took personally,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We came out with a great win. It was a lot of fun to watch them in the second half.”
The Seminoles led by just 12 – 49-37 – at the half against the Tigers (1-7). However, Florida State came out blazing in the second frame, scoring the first 14 points and extending its lead to 63-36 in the first four minutes before Grambling State registered its first bucket after halftime.
Senior Alexa Deluzio’s layup with 12:42 left in the contest put FSU ahead 82-43 and capped a game-breaking 33-6 run.
“It was all of the players,” Semrau said. “They want this team to be theirs. I thought in the second half they took over.”
Deluzio reached double figures for the sixth-consecutive game, scoring 23 points. It marked the 10th time in her career and second this season that the Orlando, Fla. native put up 20 or more points in a game.
Two Seminoles recorded double-doubles as senior Chelsea Davis scored 16 points and snatched 11 boards while junior Natasha Howard had 14 points and 10 rebounds. For Davis, it’s the second double-double of her career, while Howard recorded her 17th. FSU held a commanding 58-27 advantage on the glass, including a 19-5 edge on offensive boards.
Junior Yashira “Cheetah” Delgado came off the bench and led the team with eight assists. Delgado and Rodriguez both nabbed a career-best five steals apiece as Florida State notched a season-high 18 takeaways that led to 36 points off of turnovers.
FSU also dished a season-high 25 assists.
Sophomore Lauren Coleman entered the game in the second half and posted a career-high seven points and grabbed four rebounds.
Florida State took an early 7-0 lead in the first half before surrendering an 8-2 run to Grambling State. With the Seminoles ahead 9-8, Clayton’s layup sparked an 11-2 run, opening up the Florida State lead to 20-13.
The Tigers refused to go away in the first 20 minutes, though, as the Seminoles clung to a barely double-digit lead at the break.
In the first two minutes after halftime, Davis scored four quick points before Howard added back-to-back layups. After Rodrgiuez made a fastbreak bucket, Deluzio hit two quick shots as the rout continued.