Miami's Comeback Attempt Not Enough at Florida State

Jan. 24, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Natasha Howard and Alexa Deluzio scored 12 points apiece to help No. 21 Florida State beat 16th-ranked Miami 66-59 on Monday night, snapping the Hurricanes’ 17-game winning streak.

Florida State (16-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won despite 29 turnovers. The Seminoles scored 16 of the first 20 points in the second half to open up a 50-38 advantage after the score was tied at 34 at the half.

Miami (18-2, 4-1) cut its deficit to 60-57 in the last minute before Courtney Ward made three free throws and Cierra Bravard two to seal the win.

Bravard finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes.

Shenise Johnson scored 21 points and Riquna Williams 18 for Miami, which shot just 30.2 percent in the game. Williams made only 1 of her 14 field goal tries in the second half when Miami shot just 21.6 percent.

Miami’s only other loss of the season was at Nebraska on Nov. 17.

Florida State was up by 11 before a pair of free throws by Stefanie Yderstrom with 2:15 left started an 11-3 Miami run that got the ‘Canes to within three.

Johnson and Williams, the ACC’s top two scorers on the season, each had 13 points at the half for the ‘Canes.

Florida State dominated the rebounding by a 47-28 margin and shot 48.9 percent with its three double figure scorers good on 13 of 19 shots from the field.

Each team had a brief five-point lead during the opening half which featured nine lead changes. Florida State played most of the first half without Bravard and Howard.

Bravard drew her second foul in the early going and played just seven minutes before halftime while Howard suffered a knee injury 10 minutes into the game that kept her out until early in the second half.

Chelsea Davis picked up the slack for the Seminoles with six points and five rebounds in the first half.

Ward suffered through one of her worst nights, committing nine turnovers and hitting just one of eight field goal tries.

1st 2nd F
Miami 34 25 59
Florida State 34 32 66
Team Stat Comparison
Points 59 66
FG Made-Attempted 19-63 22-45
FG Percentage 30.2 48.9
3P Made-Attempted 4-19 1-8
3P Percentage 21.1 12.5
FT Made-Attempted 17-22 21-30
FT Percentage 77.3 70.0
Rebounds 28 47
Assists 4 10
Turnovers 19 29
Miami Stat Leaders FSU
S. Johnson 21 Points 17 T. Shannon
Williams/Johnson 7 Rebounds 9 C. Bravard
S. Johnson 3 Assists 3 C. Ward
S. Johnson 5 Steals 3 Deluzio/Ward
S. Bullock 1 Blocks 1 Bravard/Deluzio

Post-Game Notes

The loss today…
-is Miami’s second of the season and each came on the road.
-drops Miami’s record to 18-2, 4-1 in the conference.

Tonight’s Starters
Starting for Miami tonight was Riquna Williams, Shenise Johnson, Stephanie Yderstrom, Sylvia Bullock, and Morgan Stroman. The Hurricanes have used the same starting lineup in all 20 games this year.

Pressure Burst Pipes
The Hurricanes forced 29 Seminole turnovers and have forced at least 20 in all but one game this season.

Shenise Continues the Streak
With 21 points tonight, Shenise Johnson stretched her streak of consecutive games in double figures to 57. The All-America candidate is second in the ACC at 19.1 points per game, trailing only teammate Riquna Williams

Downtown Dominance
With four first-half threes, Miami has hit a trey for the 312th straight game.