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FSU goes inside to fight off BC

BOSTON — Florida State knew when it was time to slow the game down and get the ball inside.

Cierra Bravard scored 11 of her 21 in the final 6½ minutes and Alexa Deluzio hit two key 3-pointers, helping the No. 21 Seminoles hold off Boston College 102-93 Thursday night.

Deluzio finished with 20 points and six assists for FSU (17-4, 5-1 ACC). Courtney Ward had 20 points, 14 in the second half.

When BC's leading scorer and rebounder, 6-foot-6 Carolyn Swords, fouled out with eight minutes to play, the Seminoles knew it was time to go inside to the 6-4 Bravard.

"When we got Swords fouled out, I knew Cierra was going to dominate the paint because no one, no one was going to stop her," Deluzio said. "The good thing about our team is we don't have two set scorers that we have to rely on. Anyone can score. I feel like we're all clicking."

The Seminoles, who won for the eighth time in nine games, had six players in double figures in a game that was wide open until BC's post players got in foul trouble.

"I thought it was a very up­tempo game," Boston College coach Sylvia Crawley said. "Florida State usually likes to walk the ball up the floor. We tried a few things to get them to speed up."

But it all changed when BC (15-6, 2-4) had no one to defend Bravard.

Swords, who entered averaging 18 points and 8.9 rebounds, was held to four points and three rebounds.

NO. 16 MIAMI 84, N.C. STATE 77: Riquna Williams had 27 points for the Hurricanes (19-2, 5-1 ACC), who held off a rally by the Wolfpack (9-11, 1-5) to win their 20th straight home game.

UF 70, ALABAMA 64: Jaterra Bonds and Jennifer George had 12 points each and Bonds had eight rebounds for the host Gators (13-9, 3-5 SEC), who held off a rally by the Tide (11-10, 0-8).

Top 25

NO. 4 STANFORD 91, OREGON 56: Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Cardinal (17-2, 8-0 Pac-10) handed the Ducks their most lopsided loss of the season.

NO. 5 TENN. 81, MISS. ST. 55: Glory Johnson had a career-high 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists for the host Vols (20-2, 8-0 SEC), who overcame first-half struggles to improve to 32-0 against the Bulldogs.

NO. 18 IOWA 66, NO. 10 MICH. ST. 64: Kachine Alexander had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the host Hawkeyes (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten) held on when Lykendra Johnson missed a putback at the buzzer for the Spartans (18-3, 6-2).

NO. 11 UCLA 70, ARIZONA ST. 60: Darxia Morris had 21 points, one shy of the career high she set Saturday, and the host Bruins (17-2, 7-1 Pac-10) shot 53.3 percent.

NO. 17 KENTUCKY 74, OLE MISS 68: Victoria Dunlap had 18 points, and the visiting Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 SEC) rallied behind a fullcourt press that forced 18 second-half turnovers.

S.C. 57, NO. 20 GEORGIA 48: Courtney Newton made 5 of 5 3-pointers and had 16 points as the host Gamecocks ended a seven-game winning streak by the Bulldogs (16-4, 6-1 SEC).

NO. 22 WIS.-GREEN BAY 66, BUTLER 62: Celeste Hoewisch had 23 points and Julie Wojta 20 for the visiting Phoenix (19-1, 8-0 Horizon League), which held off a second-half rally.

MICHIGAN 69, NO. 24 OHIO ST. 66: Rachel Sheffer scored 23, and the visiting Wolverines rallied from a 14-point deficit to upset the Buckeyes (13-7, 4-4 Big Ten).

NO. 25 GA. TECH 78, VA. TECH 57: Tyaunna Marshall had 22 points as the visiting Yellow Jackets (18-5, 6-1 ACC) handed the Hokies their seventh straight loss.

FSU goes inside to fight off BC 01/27/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:21am]
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