Florida State Seminoles rally for women's basketball victory

FAST LEARNER: Tennessee freshman Meighan Simmons, earning a start in her second game, scores 26 vs. Chattanooga.

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FAST LEARNER: Tennessee freshman Meighan Simmons, earning a start in her second game, scores 26 vs. Chattanooga.

AUBURN, Ala. — Alexa Deluzio scored a career-high 23 and No. 16 Florida State rallied for a 67-61 win over Auburn on Monday night.

The Seminoles (2-0) made six free throws in the final minute to break a tie at 61 after trailing by as many as nine.

Freshman forward Natasha Howard had 14 points and nine rebounds and Cierra Bravard added 12 points and 10 rebounds for FSU, which committed 29 turnovers but hammered Auburn with a 47-29 rebounding advantage.

"We knew the offense was going to be a work in progress," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "We need to get better on that end. But I was very pleased with our defensive poise out there. We outrebounded them and never gave up and that is the type of ballgame that helps you moving forward."

Auburn, which used a 16-0 run to take a 30-23 lead into halftime, got a career-high 16 points from Blanche Alverson and 15 each from Jordan Greenleaf and Morgan Toles.

Sharp-shooting Tigers guard Alli Smalley struggled from the field, scoring six on 2-of-15 shooting.

After FSU erased a seven-point halftime deficit to build a 33-32 lead early in the second half, Auburn rallied back and went ahead 54-47 with just less than eight minutes left.

With five minutes left, Chelsea Davis rebounded a Howard 3-point attempt and laid it in to tie the score at 57. Two scoreless minutes later, two Bravard free throws gave FSU a 61-59 lead before the Tigers tied it again with 1:37 left.

After Bravard hit two more free throws to give the Seminoles a 63-61 lead with 47 seconds left, she rebounded an Auburn miss on the opposite end to clinch it.

"We came out real aggressive to start the game but we lost that momentum," Deluzio said. "The coaches told us at halftime to come back out and regain that aggressiveness and we did."

NO. 4 TENN. 103, CHATTANOOGA 43: Freshman Meighan Simmons led four players in double figures with 26 points, and the host Vols (2-0) hit a school-record 15 3-pointers and opened with a 19-0 run.

NO. 5 XAVIER 85, MICHIGAN 76: Katie Rutan scored all of her 22 in the first half, and the visiting Musketeers (2-0) finally took advantage of their height advantage in the second.

NO. 6 DUKE 75, USC 50: Jasmine Thomas had 14 points to help the host Blue Devils (2-0) give coach Joanne P. McCallie her 400th career victory.

NO. 12 NOTRE DAME 91, MOREHEAD ST. 28: Freshman Kayla McBride had 14 points and six rebounds for the host Irish (2-0), who allowed the second fewest points in school history. They led 40-7 at halftime, tying the program mark for the fewest points they've allowed in a half.

NO. 19 IOWA ST. 64, DRAKE 46: Kelsey Bolte had 16 points for the host Cyclones (2-0), helping give coach Bill Fennelly his 500th career victory.

NO. 25 MICH. ST. 74, DAYTON 62: Kalisha Keane had 23 points for the host Spartans (2-0), who avenged last season's opening loss to the Flyers.

AP POLL: Connecticut extended its record run at No. 1 to a 45th straight week heading into tonight's showdown with No. 2 Baylor (6, ESPN2). Florida State is 16th.

Men

NO. 7 KANSAS 79, VALPARAISO 44: Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris both had double doubles as the Jayhawks (2-0) won their 61st straight home game. They can tie their school record for consecutive wins at home Friday night against North Texas.

NO. 20 GEORGETOWN 69, TULANE 53: Austin Freeman had 23 points as the Hoyas (2-0) built a big early lead then needed another run to put away in their home opener.

AP POLL: Duke was again a runaway No. 1, with Florida remaining ninth.

Florida State Seminoles rally for women's basketball victory 11/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 11:21pm]

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