Florida State beats Miami, advances in ACC women's tournament

csmith@newsobserver.comMarch 8, 2013 

— It was the first of two in-state rivalry games on the morning, and neither team disappointed.

In two regular season contests, the Florida State women’s basketball team trumped Miami. On Friday morning, the Seminoles found a way to pull out a 70-58 win over the Hurricanes to advance to the third round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

“It’s tough to beat a team three times in a year,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “And especially when it’s your in-state rival … I’m really proud of our fight and looking forward to moving forward.”

After a rough start by the No. 23 Seminoles (22-8 overall, 11-7 ACC), a late charge gave them a 33-23 advantage over the Hurricanes (21-10, 11-8) at the half.

Florida State guard Alexa Deluzio led all scorers with 19 points, thanks to going 3-of-6 from behind the arc. The senior also finished with six steals. Chelsea Davis dominated down low with 13 points and combined with Deluzio for 13 of the Noles’ 37 rebounds in the game.

Shawnice Wilson was impressive for the Hurricanes, finishing with a double-double at 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Bench play was a key in the win as Yashira Delgado, FSU’s leader in assists on the season, came off the bench to record 12 points and five assists to go along with Chasity Clayton’s 10 points. The Seminoles’ bench outscored the Hurricanes’ bench 20-5.

“Those 22 points were important from Clayton and Delgado of the bench,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “Those points were huge and kind of broke us out of our game.”

Semrau said she feels like her team has seven different starters, one of those being Delgado – who played 37 minutes in the contest.

“It’s really important to come out with a lot of energy,” Delgado said of coming off the bench. “I have to be on the same page as the rest of the team and go out there and fight for every possession.”

The Seminoles will now take on Duke on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Greensboro Coliseum.

“We’ve played both teams and it’s been a tough game both times,” Deluzio said of the possibility of playing Duke or N.C. State. “But our theme is to fight. If we keep battling for those 50-50 balls and coming away with easy baskets we’ll be okay.”

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