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(10) Florida State 70

(9-0, 4-0 away)

UCF 58

(2-5, 1-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 16, 2009

    1 2 T
    #10FSU 31 3970
    UCF 26 3258

    Top Performers

    Florida State: A. Gray 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    UCF: E. Cannon 16 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Seminoles hand Knights fourth straight loss

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida State knows what it means now that the Seminoles are in the top 10 of the women's poll for the first time.

    "We've got a big old target on our backs now," senior Jacinta Monroe said after Florida State (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) fought its way past a scrappy UCF team to win 70-58 on Wednesday.

    Cierra Brevard had 12 points and six rebounds and Courtney Ward had 12 points and six assists and Angel Gray and Alexa Deluzio also scored 12 points apiece for the Seminoles (9-0), who won their 17th straight road game.

    "We tell the girls that the rankings don't mean anything, but there's no doubt it means something to our opponent," Seminoles coach Sue Semrau said. "Give UCF credit, they really took it to us and we took awhile to get used to that."

    Emma Cannon had 16 points and 15 rebounds for UCF (2-5). The Knights got 12 points from Jelisa Caldwell but lost their fourth straight.

    Florida State shot 52 percent in the second half and limited UCF to 33.3 percent, breaking open what had been a close game for the first 20 minutes.

    The Seminoles were playing their first game after a 10-day layoff for final exams were outrebounded for the first time this season, 40-34. They also turned the ball over 16 times.

    "Ten days off equals rust and it took us awhile to shake off the rust," Semrau said. "We talked about it at halftime and finally got moving the second half, but we know we're better than what we played."

    The Seminoles finished the first half with a 12-7 run to take 31-26 halftime lead. Deluzio stole a pass and beat the UCF defense down the court to score at the buzzer for a small cushion after an up-and-down performance kept things close.

    In the second half, Florida State ran off nine straight points to go up 55-41 with 5:49 to play. Deluzio's driving layup finished off the run and UCF couldn't get the deficit under 10 until 50 seconds remained.

    "We didn't make them pay for their mistakes," UCF coach Joi Williams said. "We got 23 offensive rebounds and forced enough turnovers, but we didn't make them pay for not boxing us out or turning the ball over. We've got to do that to play on their level."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FSU
    UCF
    Points 70 58
    FG Made-Attempted 24-53 (.453) 21-63 (.333)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 4-15 (.267)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-23 (.826) 12-12 (1.000)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 2

    Game Leaders

     
    FSU
    UCF
    PointsA. Gray 12E. Cannon 16
    ReboundsJ. Monroe 8E. Cannon 15
    AssistsC. Ward 6A. Mealing 4
    StealsA. Harvin 6A. Mealing 2
    BlocksA. Deluzio 3E. Cannon 1

    2009-10 Season

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