Women's Hoops Season Comes to a Close
Cierra Bravard

Cierra Bravard

March 1, 2012

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GREENSBORO, N.C (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team's 2011-12 season came to a close on Thursday in the first round of the ACC Tournament, as the eighth-seeded Seminoles were edged by the ninth-seeded NC State Wolfpack, 74-71, at Greensboro Coliseum.

Junior guard Alexa Deluzio scored 26 points and senior center Cierra Bravard capped her career with 14 points, but the Seminoles couldn't contain NC State from behind the arc.

The Wolfpack shot 55 percent (11-of-20) on three-point attempts. Junior guard Marrissa Kastanek made 4-of-6 treys en route to 21 points and sophomore point guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman made 4-of-5 from downtown.

"Just a great congratulations to NC State," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "I thought in the second half, they did a great job of adjusting and defending our inside game. Alexa really stepped up for us, scored well from the perimeter, but it just wasn't enough."

Wolfpack guard Emily Tasler's trey - her only field goal - gave the Wolfpack a 72-71 lead with 1:23 left. After FSU sophomore forward Natasha Howard (12 points) missed a three attempt with 55 seconds remaining, Goodwin-Coleman grabbed the board and took the ball coast-to-coast for a layup that gave NC State three-point cushion at the 44-second mark.

Deluzio, who finished 10-of-15 from the field, had a last ditch jumper attempt miss with eight seconds left.

The Noles end the season with a 14-17 record, their first losing season since the 2001-02 campaign. Florida State's streak of seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is also snapped.

The Seminoles committed just five turnovers in the first half and held a 42-35 lead at halftime. FSU led by as many as 10 points, 47-37, after Deluzio buried a three at the 17:23 mark in the second half.

NC State continued to stay on fire from three, however. Back-to-back treys from Kastanek and Goodwin-Coleman capped a 10-0 run that tied the game at 47-47 with 15:21 remaining.

The rest of the game was a back and forth affair.

FSU went up 6 with 13:37 left, after five straight points from Deluzio, but again the Wolfpack hit a clutch three. Kastanek's trey with 9:13 left gave NC State its first lead since the first three minutes of the contest.

Deluzio's jumper at the 4:38 mark in the final frame gave the Noles a 69-67 lead. It was the final field goal Florida State made, however.

Bravard caps a memorable career ranking near the top of various FSU records. The 6-4 Sandusky, Ohio, native completes her collegiate career ranking No. 6 in Florida State history in scoring (1,501), fourth in blocks (113), ninth in rebounds (768) and third in games played (132). Her 453 free throws made are the most ever by an FSU player and her 54.1 career shooting percentage ranks third in school history. She was a two-time all-conference award winner and an honorable mention All-American in 2010-11.

"She's got great talent and she's got a really bright future ahead of her as a pro," Semrau said about Bravard. "She's meant a lot to the development of our program and she's continued to develop as a player and unfortunately we didn't have the guard play this year that might have put her in a better position. I think she will take this year and learn from it, and probably be a better pro as a result."

Deluzio set a single-season record for free throw percentage, making 83.9 percent of her charity stripe attempts. It breaks the old mark of .837 set by Holly Johnson in 2004-05.

Howard's 9.1 rebound average is the most boards a Seminole has averaged since Levys Torres averaged 10.0 in 2000-01.

Deluzio and Howard, who led the ACC double-doubles with 12, will lead the Seminoles in 2012-13. FSU will also return 11 of 12 from its roster, with Bravard the only senior on this year's team.

For more information on the Florida State women's basketball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball.

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