Nov. 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State women's basketball team is coming off of a 31-point victory over rival Florida and will look to turn in another dominant performance against its second straight in-state foe when Stetson comes to the Donald L. Tucker Center for a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday.
The game will be broadcast live on 100.7 FM WFLA and on Seminoles.com.
The Seminoles have won seven straight against the Hatters, including a 92-44 victory in the last meeting on Dec. 30, 2010 in Tallahassee. Overall, the Noles are 14-4 against Stetson all-time.
In its first two games this season, FSU is shooting 50.7 percent from the floor, holding opponents to just 33.3 percent on field goal attempts and playing the kind of unselfish basketball that will yield an average of 18.0 assists per game. Against Florida, head coach Sue Semrau started two point guards, while bringing preseason all-conference forward and Naismith Award Watch List selection Natasha Howard off the bench.
"When you can have an All-American like Natasha Howard on the bench and a kid like Alexa Deluzio who has been amazing in her career and had a great night tonight, that's selfless basketball and they really bought into that," Semrau said following the victory.
Deluzio, the fifth-leading returning scorer in the ACC (13.2 ppg in 2011-12), has also come off the bench in FSU's first two games. The senior guard from Orlando, Fla., hasn't missed a beat. She scored 18 points and made both of her three-point attempts against the Gators. Howard added a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Both players were in the game at the end of the first half when the Seminoles ran UF off the court with its uptempo offense and suffocating defense. Florida State had a 28-2 run over the final eight minutes of the first half and never looked back against the Gators.
The Hatters are 1-2 this season after defeating Florida A&M on Friday night in Deland, Fla., 88-67. Stetson is led by 5-5 senior guard Victoria McGown - the defending Atlantic Sun Player of the Year. She is averaging 20.0 ppg and scored 23 points against the Rattlers.
Stetson is averaging over 20 three-point attempts per game and shooting 36.5 percent from behind the line. The Noles have held their first two opponents to just 17 percent on treys. ¬¬