Florida State Takes Down Ospreys
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Leticia Romero scored 22 points, helping No. 7 Florida State roll to a 95-39 victory over North Florida on Monday.
Florida State had five players score in double figures, led by Romero's third 20-point game of her senior season. Ivey Slaughter and Imani Wright each scored 14 points for the Seminoles (11-1), which have won 10 straight games for the eighth time in school history.
The 56-point win is the eighth-largest in school history and marks the second straight year FSU defeated the Ospreys by more than 50. Florida State won last year's game by 52.
A Claire Ioannidis 3-pointer gave North Florida a 3-2 lead before the Seminoles scored 14 straight points. Florida State led 52-17 at halftime.
Sierra Shepherd led the Ospreys (6-7) with 12 points, and Ioannidis added 11.
POST-GAME NOTES BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Florida State has scored 90+ points for the fifth time this season and for the second consecutive game. The last time FSU scored 90 or above in consecutive games was Nov. 14-21, 2014. In that stretch, FSU defeated UAB 92-62 in its season opener, then defeated Bethune-Cookman 103-34, followed by a 91-55 win over Eastern Illinois.
• FSU’s 10-game win streak is the eighth time it has recorded 10 or more straight wins, including three times in the last four seasons. It is tied for the third-longest win streak in program history. The record is a 12-game streak in the 2004-05 season.
• The Seminoles improve to 7-0 all-time against UNF, and have defeated the Ospreys in four consecutive seasons.
• FSU is now out-scoring opponents by +34.8 points per game in its 10-game win streak.
• The Seminoles are now 25-3 vs. Florida schools since the 2012-13 season.
• Senior point guard Leticia Romero’s game-high 22 points is her fifth career 20-point game and the 16th time in her career where she has finished as FSU’s leading scorer. Romero went 9-of-11 from the floor, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers (4-of-5).
• Senior forward Ivey Slaughter finished with 14 points in 15 minutes against UNF.
• Junior forward Shakayla Thomas recorded her 61st career game in double figures, the team’s active leader. She has 10+ points in 10 of 12 games this season, including four straight following Monday’s 12-point performance.
• Senior guard Brittany Brown was on triple-double watch before being subbed out early in the fourth period. The Fort Walton Beach native had seven points, five rebounds and a season-high eight assists along with five steals.
• Brown now has 267 career steals, just two shy of tying Tia Paschal (1989-93) who had 269 for second place. Brown is eight away from tying the school’s all-time record of 275 held by the late great Alicia “Ice” Gladden (2003-07).
• FSU’s 52.1 percent shooting (37-of-71) was the fifth time it has shot above 50 percent from the floor this season.
• The Seminoles out-scored UNF 18-0 in fast-break points. FSU is averaging 12.8 fast-break points per game this season.
• FSU’s seven turnovers were a season low, fewer than its nine turnovers committed against No. 1 UConn.
Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau
“It’s nice for the two teams to come home in the ‘W’ column. I am really proud of the way the team came out after finals. We had a great finals week of practice and a lot of times you come out rusty and turn the ball over a lot and miss shots. We only turned it over seven times and they turned it over 28 so I like the type of defensive intensity and then we turned it into points on the offensive end. My captains were phenomenal tonight starting with Ivey defensively and on the boards. Brittany had eight assists and zero turnovers and probably 89 steals. Leticia getting everyone involved and being a true floor general from the wing or when Brittany wasn’t on the floor she was echoing everything I said. She shot the ball kind of okay too. It’s just fun to play when everybody is playing together and on the same page.”
On the effort of the team in the fourth quarter:
“That is all these guys. They do it every day in practice and they do it every game so it is a habit. The younger players want to be just like them and they see that and model it. It is not me it is definitely these guys.”
On the team after nine days of rest:
“Heck yeah, it wasn’t just coming out and picking it up. This was the best finals week practice here that we have ever had. We came out focused and ready to go and it is really fun to coach when they are really focused and want to get better every day.”
On what made this week of practice so enjoyable:
“I mean we put in new stuff and we always want to but they are always so lackadaisical and worried about exams and grades and all of that. We just took care of business in the classroom and they came ready for two hours, ready to put in work and just go play.”
On what it is like to coach this group of players:
“It is really fun. I have always loved these particular players and their personalities. Usually you love them a little more off the floor than on the floor but this year I love them as much on the floor as I do off. Again, that’s because it all starts with leadership and they have bought in and worked extremely hard in the offseason. Brittany and Ivey were here in Tallahassee, and Leticia being a student of one of the best point guards in the world with the Spanish National Team. All three of them coming together really made it special.”
On the impact of that UConn game:
“After UConn I knew what we had and what they had in them. They haven’t lightened up and if they do then we won’t get what we want. I just think that they understand that and that we are going to work really hard at it.”
Senior point guard Leticia Romero
On the focus of the good practice during Finals Week:
“I think we are starting to really hold each other accountable and more than words but by example. Like when I see Ivey diving on the floor for a ball, I mean there is no way I can rest. We are all the same and we have to work and we know that, we feel cultural and are playing hard and we know what it takes now, so we are doing it.”
On how the UConn loss impacted the team and how they felt afterwards:
“Every member came up to me after the UConn game and was upset that we lost, and I understand that and I wasn’t playing but just by watching them, all I was thinking is how good this team is going to be. Like this is amazing and I was telling Brittany, we are going to be good. It was a game that really showed us where we were and what we could be.”
Senior guard Brittany Brown
Heading into ACC play soon, how much confidence does this team have?
“We have a big game against Mercer. I think that the upperclassmen are leaders, we have been there before, we’ve been ever since we went to the Elite Eight, we have been on that team, we know what it takes. I don’t know we can’t get too excited, there’s so much basketball left to play and you know Mercer is a really good team and in the ACC every game is going to be tough. We just got to stay humble and focus on one game at a time.”
On the importance of the games against high power teams such as UConn, Gonzaga and Michigan:
“I think that UConn, Michigan and Gonzaga are all really good teams. We hit certain points of adversity in every single one of those games, and last year and the years before I’ve seen the team splinter apart, teams go on big runs and I’ve seen us come together and stop that and we have not splintered once. I think that is the biggest difference and like Coach Sue said we know what it takes and we know what we want to do.”