Senior Leaders Step Up in Win Over Clemson
The Seminoles, who were playing their third game in six days, bounced back from losses to No. 8 Texas and Virginia. They led this one throughout and were up by as many as 22 points (34-12) less than three minutes into the second quarter.
Chatrice White added 10 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season for Florida State (24-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Slaughter scored six of the Seminoles' first 10 points as they built a 20-2 lead with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter. FSU made seven of its first 11 shots while Clemson missed 11 of its first 12.
Danielle Edwards led Clemson (14-14, 3-12) with 11 points.
POST-GAME NOTES FROM FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Prior to the game, it was confirmed that junior forward Shakayla Thomas’ shoulder injury status is day-to-day. She did not play vs. Clemson.
• Senior Ivey Slaughter’s 14 points to go along with her eight rebounds is her 65th career double-figure points game.
• Senior Brittany Brown’s seven made field goals (7-of-13) to go along with 14 points and six rebounds ties her season high for makes. She also had seven at UAB on Dec. 10.
• Brown recorded two steals to boost her career total to 299. Her next steal will make her just the 19th ACC player ever to record 300+ steals.
• Junior center Chatrice White’s five double-doubles are the most on the team as she earned her first career start as a Seminole in place of Thomas. Counting her two years at Illinois, White has 29 career double-doubles. She also tied a season high with five blocked shots.
• Senior point guard Leticia Romero dished out a game-high six assists compared to just two turnovers, her 16th positive assist/turnover ratio of the season.
• As a team, FSU had 18 assists to 16 turnovers, its 15th game this season with more assists than turnovers. FSU also assisted on 18 of its 27 baskets.
• Redshirt junior guard Imani Wright recorded a 3-point field goal for the seventh straight game. She has made at least one triple in 16 of her last 17 games.
• Freshman Nicki Ekhomu shot a team-high 10 free-throw attempts, making six as she finished with nine points.
• Junior center Ama Degbeon added 10 points in 17 minutes, her third double-figure performance in her last four games.
• The Seminoles shot 52.9 percent (27-of-51) for the game, including 57.9 percent (12-of-21) in the second half.
• FSU out-scored Clemson 12-0 in fast-break points and 23-8 in points off turnovers. The Tigers committed 22 turnovers.
• The win over the Tigers is the 16th straight for FSU in the all-time series, which FSU leads 28-24.
• Since the 2014-15 season, the Seminoles own a 39-7 record in ACC play.
HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
“I really wanted to get back on track on the defensive end here this afternoon. I liked our effort. I didn’t like the first half where we fouled too much and the second half we did a much better job. I think we were licking our wounds a little this week. Certainly now to come and play your third game in a week and have this kind of performance is really nice and important. Now we’ll give them a couple of days off as we prepare for our final home game of the year.”
You guys had gotten your lead in the first quarter and you were talking about how big that was. What was it like getting off to a nice start like that?
“I love when we start strong. I think our defense dictated our offense. You know when someone scores four points and a team scores four points in a quarter it’s pretty impressive. I just want us to maintain that. I didn’t like our second quarter effort. I thought we let up and we can’t do that, we’ve got to learn. After Monday night’s game with Texas and then the Virginia game we have to know that every possession matters. But I think we made growth in that area today and in practice talking through some things yesterday.”
Was fatigue every setting in with such a long week?
“Well I think it speaks for itself. Think about what happened on Monday night – it was not only an extra quarter of play but was also extremely emotional. Then you’ve got your emotion and you have to get on a plane and go somewhere cold and you have to play at someone else’s place. For them to lock it in and focus and jump out to the kind of defensive effort and the lead that we got, I thought that was really impressive.”
First game without Shakayla playing, how did you like what you guys did offensively?
“It’s crazy, but I didn’t miss Shakayla tonight. She was everything and more on the bench. She gave and gave and gave and we have so many weapons that stepped up. Ivey stepped up. Chatrice, if she had gotten to play a little bit more would have probably been the same. For Ivey, she got to the free-throw line, she did a great job, double figures, and Chatrice was five for five with 11 rebounds. It was fun. Our depth really showed up tonight.”
Can you talk more about the ACC edge you have over Clemson?
“Well it used to be the other way around when I first started. Clemson was dominant. For us to have grown to the point of dominance is all the credit to these guys. They are a close rival to us. We get to play them twice and we get to play Miami twice. They are the school that’s really close to us and certainly to have this kind of performance year in and year out is really important to us.”
Sigh of relief knowing that Shakayla is just day-to-day?
“I think for all of us. We want to play full strength, period. Getting Nicki back was huge. Getting Nausia back will be big. We just want to be full strength.”
With two games left in the regular season, what’s the overall message you guys are taking out of this tough past week?
“We have goals and our goals are still in sight. These guys get a break which is very much needed and then come back and know it’s a two-game season, three-game season and then it’s a six-game season. We can do that and it’s a grind. The ACC is a grind. And they’ve done a tremendous job hanging in there with that and we’re ready to finish the job.”
JUNIOR CENTER CHATRICE WHITE
How different was it starting tonight?
“It wasn’t all that different other than coming out of the tunnel first. I love playing for this team and love what everyone gives each other. We really miss Shakayla but like coach said she’s a great presence on the bench. I’m happy to fill in for her for as long as need be but we’re hoping for a fast recovery.”
SENIOR FORWARD IVEY SLAUGHTER
What did this three-game streak teach you about your team?
“It taught us about how to overcome adversity. We hit a rough patch during both games where things weren’t going our way and after those two losses we’ve figured out that out. Also we know we can’t hold our heads down because once we do that things are just going to get worse for us.”
About your contribution
“I try to do anything that I can for this team. If they need me to rebound, I’ll rebound; if they need me to play defense, I’ll play defense; if they need me to score, I’ll score. Since Shakayla wasn’t there, I knew I had to step up in that position.”