Chelsea Davis leads Florida State past Virginia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Chelsea Davis scored a career-high 18 points and Cierra Bravard added 14 points to help No. 24 Florida State beat Virginia 61-51 on Sunday.

Natasha Howard had 10 rebounds and four steals for Florida State (14-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fifth straight game.

"Chelsea came up with a big game, Cierra came up with a big game," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "Between the two of them, they missed one shot from the floor and one shot from the free-throw line. I'm just extremely proud of them."

Ariana Moorer scored 12 points and Ataira Franklin had 11 points for Virginia (10-7, 0-2 ACC).

Florida State pulled away early, taking an 11-3 as Virginia made just one basket in the first 7 minutes of the game. Davis had 10 first-half points as the Seminoles took a 27-19 lead.

The Cavaliers shot just 20 of 61 (32.8 percent) from the floor.

"I'm glad that one is past," Semrau said. "It was a tough one. Very, very physical basketball game. To hold a Virginia team to 32 percent from the floor was huge."

The Cavaliers trimmed the Seminoles' lead to six points a few times in the second half but couldn't cut the deficit any further.

"Florida State played a really good game in terms of defensively putting us on our heels a little bit," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said. "We did not score against the zone the way that we normally do, and that's due to the fact that they were just so spread out and their length bothered us a little bit."

The Seminoles shot 18 of 46 (39.1 percent) from the floor. The Seminoles made 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) of their free-throw attempts.

The Seminoles have now won three straight against the Cavaliers.