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Seminoles slip past Gators to snap a rare slump

TALLAHASSEE — Cierra Bravard made up for one of her worst halves at Florida State.

Bravard scored half of her 10 points in the final 84 seconds, including two free throws with 30 seconds left to lift the 25th-ranked Seminoles to a 74-72 victory over Florida on Tuesday.

Bravard's three-point play with 1:24 left less than a minute earlier gave FSU (10-3) a short-lived 71-70 lead.

Bravard, the Seminoles' scoring leader, was held to a free throw and no rebounds in the first half.

"You can't let missed shots get you down," Bravard said. "I stay focused all game."

That was a good thing for FSU.

"She knows that her time is going to come when she's really needed," coach Sue Semrau said. "We talked a lot about getting the ball inside, getting it into Cierra."

Jaterra Bonds' driving jumper gave the Gators a 72-71 lead with 59 seconds left.

Courtney Ward had 20 points, including a free throw with .1 seconds left, and freshman Natasha Howard added 17 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double double for the Seminoles, who narrowly avoided losing three straight games for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Jordan Jones hit 4 of 6 3-pointers to lead Florida (10-4) with 14 points. Bonds added 11 points and seven assists.

"When you're on the short end of the stick it's not a good game," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "We've got a lot of young players that need to be battle tested."

NO. 1 UCONN 85, PACIFIC 42: Maya Moore had 17 points and eight rebounds and the visiting Huskies (12-0) won their 90th straight game in a warmup for Thursday's visit to Stanford. Key reserve guard Lorin Dixon sat out after spraining her left foot in Monday's practice. She is doubtful for the Stanford game.

NO. 9 STANFORD 89, NO. 4 XAVIER 52: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help the Cardinal (8-2) to its 51st straight home win. The Musketeers (10-2) lost their second straight game. "We really just want to go out there, give people a good game and get the W and show the country what we can do, too," Jeanette Pohlen said of facing UConn.

NO. 7 TEXAS A&M 74, DREXEL 45: Danielle Adams scored 16 of her 20 in the first half and the Aggies (10-1) rolled in the Surf 'N Slam tournament in San Diego.

NO. 10 UNC 75, CHARLESTON 49: Waltiea Rolle had 15 points and Jessica Breland 14 for the host Tar Heels (12-0), who led 10-6 after six minutes before forward Laura Broomfield scored seven of her 10 during a 10-2 run.

DUQUESNE 71, NO. 13 OHIO ST. 67: The Dukes rallied from eight points down in the final five minutes to upset the host Buckeyes (8-3). Duquesne took the lead for good on Orsi Szecsi's two free throws with 1:49 left.

NO. 17 ST. JOHN'S 81, LIBERTY 66: Shenneika Smith tied her career high with 28 points, Da'Shena Stevens added 20 and the Red Storm (12-1) needed a late surge to salvage a surprisingly difficult victory at the Terrapin Classic in College Park, Md.

NO. 18 MARYLAND 83, LA SALLE 45: Lynetta Kizer had 10 of her 15 points in the first eight minutes as Maryland (11-1) won its 10th straight game in its Terrapin Classic.

NO. 19 GEORGETOWN 77, HOUSTON 37: Tia Magee had 15 points and Sugar Rodgers 13 for the visiting Hoyas (11-3), who went ahead 35-6 and cruised.

NO. 22 ARKANSAS 88, FURMAN 47: Lyndsay Harris had 16 points and hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half, to lead the host Razorbacks (12-0), off to the second-best start in school history.

NO. 24 SYRACUSE 94, ST. FRANCIS, PA. 60: Iasia Hemingway had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kayla Alexander 20 points and 11 rebounds and Carmen Tyson-Thomas 10 points and 10 rebounds for the host Orange (10-1), which had three double doubles in a game for the first time since 1989.

Seminoles slip past Gators to snap a rare slump 12/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:21am]

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