Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bravard leads No. 21 Florida State past Boston College

Perkins graduate Cierra Bravard scored 11 of her team-high 21 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes and Alexa Deluzio hit a pair of key 3-pointers, helping the No. 21 Seminoles hold off Boston College 102-93 on Thursday night.

Deluzio finished with 20 points and six assists for Florida State (17-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Courtney Ward had 20 points, 14 in the second half.

When BC’s leading scorer and rebounder, 6-foot-6 Carolyn Swords, fouled out with 8 minutes to play, the Seminoles knew it was time to go inside to the 6-4 Bravard.

"When we got Swords fouled out, I knew Cierra was going to dominate the paint because no one, no one was going to stop her," Deluzio said. "The good thing about our team is we don’t have two set scorers that we have to rely on. Anyone can score. I feel like we’re all clicking."

The Seminoles, who won for the eighth time in nine games, had six players in double figures in a game that was wide open until BC’s post players got in foul trouble.

"I thought it was a very up-tempo game," Boston College coach Sylvia Crawley said. "Florida State usually likes to walk the ball up the floor. We tried a few things to get them to speed up."

But it all changed when BC had no one to defend Bravard.

Swords, who entered averaging 18 points and 8.9 boards per game, was held to four points and three rebounds.

"I think our kids did a good job of delivering it inside," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "We had a big, strong kid in there that was hard to defend."

After BC tied the game 81-all with just more than 7 minutes to play, Bravard hit three free throws and Deluzio nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner, pushing the Seminoles ahead by six with 4 1/2 minutes left.

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