The Press Newspaper
Led by junior forward Natasha Howard’s double-double, the No. 20/21-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team picked up its ninth consecutive win over Clemson, 83-61, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Howard (Waite), who scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards, became the 28th Seminole to score 1,000 career points when she drilled a free throw at the 11:01 mark in the first half.
The Toledo native led five Seminoles in double figures as senior forward Chelsea Davis (19 points) and senior guards Alexa Deluzio (16), Leonor Rodriguez (16) and Morgan Toles (10) also scored 10 or more points for a Garnet and Gold squad that shot 55 percent after halftime.
Florida State (18-4, 8-3 in the ACC) was in control the entire game and pulled away down the stretch.
“I was pleased with our offensive effort,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “Having five players in double figures, turning the ball over at a low rate and 18 assists — all those things. I think offensively we saw some success. For us we just need to continue to improve defensively and we’ve got a week now where we can spend some time on that and get back to basics.”
The victory marked the seventh time this season five Seminoles reached double figures in scoring.
“It opens a lot especially for the shooters because every game we play they’re going to trap me or Chelsea and there is going be wide open shots for Leo or Alexa,” Howard said of the Noles’ balance on offense. “It’s a good thing to have everybody scoring double figures on this team. We each share the ball a lot.”
Howard had her 23rd career double-double and her second double-double game in a row bringing it to a total of eight so far this season.