Dec. 22, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Seminoles.com) - Florida State junior Chasity Clayton hit a corner three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to bring the Seminoles within 3, but No. 23/25-ranked Vanderbilt held on for a 64-59 win at Memorial Gym on Thursday night.
FSU held Vanderbilt, the nation's second-best shooting team, to its worst field goal percentage of the season - 40.8 percent.
FSU trailed by 13 points with six minutes to go, but battled back to come within three after Clayton's three-ball.
"I told our team the team that the team that played in spurts was going to lose and the team that played for 40 minutes was going to win the game," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "We played some small ball at the end of the game and we made a run, but it wasn't enough."
Vanderbilt was led by Stephanie Holzer, who scored 17 points and grabbed 13 boards, and Christina Foggie, who finished with a game-high 18.
Foggie drilled a trey with 6:22 left in the game to push Vanderbilt's lead to 52-39, but FSU climbed back.
A personal 6-0 run from Davis brought the Noles within 7, 56-49, with 3:58 to play. After Davis hit four straight free throws, Tay'ler Mingo stole the ball and found Davis for a layup.
Deluzio stole the ball from Elan Brown and made a layup to make the score 58-52 with 1:52 left.
Two buckets by Davis in the final minute made the score 61-56.
After Clayton's three, Holzer was fouled and drilled both free throws to clinch the game.
FSU senior Cierra Bravard was held to a season-low four points and battled foul trouble, playing just 21 minutes. It was the first time in 32 games and over a year that the 6-4 post was held below 10 points.
Florida State missed its first four shots and didn't get on the scoreboard until Davis drilled a turnaround layup off the block at the 15:04 mark in the first half.
Despite going scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of contest, FSU stayed right in the game by holding the Commodores to just one field goal in their first 14 attempts.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a 31-22 lead three minutes into the second half when Kady Schrann connected on a fastbreak layup while getting fouled by Bravard. Jasmine Lister sparked a 6-0 run to give Vanderbilt a 44-31 advantage, though. The 5-4 floor general scored back-to-back buckets before finding Holzer for a post score at the 9:40 mark after the break.
FSU, who dropped to 6-6, returns to action on Dec. 28 when it hosts Yale at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
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