Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Florida State routs Stetson 76-44 in women's basketball

TALLAHASSEE — Another Florida State rout exposed more flaws than strengths to coach Sue Semrau.

Forward Natasha Howard had 23 points off the bench to lead FSU to its third straight blowout victory, 76-44 over Stetson on Sunday at the Tucker Center.

The Seminoles (3-0) have opened with three victories of 20 points or more for the first time, including a 77-42 win over Samford and a 98-67 victory over Florida on Thursday. They have won three in a row overall for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Dec. 4-19, 2011.

Led by Howard and Chelsea Davis, who scored 22, the Seminoles outscored the Hatters 50-18 in the paint and outrebounded them 46-29. FSU held reigning Atlantic Sun player of the year Victoria McGowan to two free throws and 0 of 10 shooting.

Yet Semrau said her team still has work to do.

"I wasn't real pleased with our effort (Sunday), and I knew it would be a trap game," Semrau said. "I knew coming off a big win over our rivals that it would be tough.

"But I'm really proud of these two (Howard and Chasity Clayton). I think that they did everything that we needed them to do."

Top 25

NO. 1 BAYLOR 77, HAWAII 42: Makenzie Robertson scored a career-high 23 for the Bears (4-1), who closed the Rainbow Wahine tournament in Honolulu with two dominant wins after suffering their first loss in a year and a half.

NO. 2 UCONN 81, NO. 16 TEXAS A&M 50: Stefanie Dolson scored 24 for the visiting Huskies (2-0), who hammered the Aggies (0-3) in the paint 42-12 as A&M had no answer for the 6-foot-5 Dolson.

NO. 3 DUKE 100, IONA 31: Allison Vernerey scored 20 of her career-high-tying 22 in the first half for the host Blue Devils (2-0).

NO. 4 STANFORD 93, TENN.-MARTIN 67: Joslyn Tinkle scored a career-high 25, Chiney Ogwumike had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cardinal (4-0) capped a statement weekend at the Rainbow Wahine tournament.

NO. 7 NOTRE DAME 94, UMASS 50: Skylar Diggins scored 15 and Kayla McBride 18 for the Fighting Irish (2-0), who scored 30 off 20 Minutewomen turnovers in their home opener.

NO. 9 PENN ST. 75, LAFAYETTE 34: Maggie Lucas and Mia Nickson scored 12 each, and the host Lions (3-0) dominated in the paint.

NO. 10 UGA 70, BELMONT 38: Jasmine Hassell had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Georgia (4-0) to a rout of her mother's alma mater. The former Gail Corder is the fourth leading scorer in Bruins history with 1,814 points.

NO. 11 OKLA. 68, St. LOUIS 33: Nicole Griffin scored 15 for the host Sooners (2-1), who opened with a 19-0 run and bounced back from Wednesday's 86-80 home loss to UCLA.

DAYTON 71, NO. 13 VANDY 66: Andrea Hoover had 14 points for the host Flyers, who beat a ranked team for the second time this season and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1992-93. Tiffany Clarke had 23 points to lead the Commodores (3-1).

SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 60, NO. 15 NEBRASKA 55: Ashley Eide scored 26 for the host Jack­rabbits, who pulled away in the second half to upset the Cornhuskers (3-1).

NO. 22 OKLA. ST. 101, WEBER ST. 49: LaShawn Jones scored 18 to lead five players in double figures for the host Cowboys (3-0).

NO. 24 TENN. 79, NO. 23 MIAMI 67: Bashaara Graves scored 20 and Andraya Carter 16 for the Vols (3-1), who wasted most of a 27-point lead before rallying and snapping a 41-game home winning streak by the Hurricanes (2-1).

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