No. 24 Noles Look to Send Seniors Out in Style



Feb. 27, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 24-ranked Florida State women's basketball team will look to send off its five-member senior class in style in the final home game of the 2012-13 season at the Donald L. Tucker Center against No. 9 Maryland at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Admission is free for all fans and Florida State will honor seniors Chasity Clayton, Chelsea Davis, Alexa Deluzio, Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles before the game.

The matchup will air live on ESPN3.com and be broadcast on 1270 AM in Tallahassee and Seminoles.com.

"All five of these players, in one way or another, have taken on a leadership role," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "I think they learned from last year (when FSU finished 14-17). They didn't want to have a repeat of last year. I think it says a lot for a group of young women who were disappointed and determined to turn it around. Which they did, and that will be their legacy moving forward."

Clayton is one of the most athletics players ever to don the Garnet and Gold and has career averages of over eight points and five rebounds per game.

Davis is averaging 13.1 points and nearly six rebounds this season in her first year as a starter and leads FSU in field goal percentage and free throw shooting.

Deluzio will go down as one of the best guards in Seminole history. The 5-11 wing ranks in the Top 10 in FSU history in points, games, three-pointers, three-point percentage and free throw percentage.

Rodriguez has willed herself into a star in her final season after spending her first two years as a seldom-used reserve and her junior season as a role-playing starter. The Canary Islands, Spain, guard leads the Seminoles in scoring (15.9 points per game) and has the highest shooting percentage of any guard in the conference.

Florida State is the ACC's top scoring team and Toles is the engine that makes the Noles run. The transfer point guard leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio.

"I'm so proud of them," Semrau said. "Honestly, it will be a great celebration. I don't think there will be any sadness to it. I'm extremely thrilled for all of them."

FSU will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid against the Terrapins. Earlier this season, FSU cut a 16-point halftime deficit to 3 against Maryland in a 71-64 loss at College Park.

Maryland is led by reigning ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas. The junior forward leads the ACC in scoring, rebounding and assists in conference play.

A win by the Seminoles would clinch the No. 4 spot in the ACC and give FSU a bye in the first round of next week's ACC Tournament.

For more information on Florida State women's basketball, follow the Seminoles on Twitter @FSU_WBasketball and like their official Facebook page.

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