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Florida State Dominates Yale

Janna Graf. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Janna Graf. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Struggle in Rematch of Last Year's Historic Victory

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It was pretty clear early on in its game at Florida State on Wednesday that the Yale University women's basketball team would not come close to repeating history.

The Bulldogs traveled to Tallahassee to take on Florida State in a rematch of their historic victory over the Seminoles last season.

It was one year and 10 days ago when Yale pulled off the biggest upset in its history when it stunned then-No. 14 Florida State, 91-85, in New Haven on Dec. 18, 2010.

This time around, Florida State made certain from the opening tip that it would not fall victim to Yale's upset dreams a second time.

Five players scored in double figures, while all nine players who played scored at least four points, to lead a balanced scoring attack as Florida State cruised past Yale, 92-58, Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center on the FSU campus.

Alexa Deluzio scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the opening half, including 13 of the Seminoles first 21 points of the game. She also had all five of her assists in the first half.

Chelsea Davis recorded a double-double, with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Natasha Howard poured in 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Cierra Bravard and Chasity Clayton each added 14 points and seven rebounds. Bravard, who was taken out of the starting lineup tonight, came off the bench and scored 12 of her points in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting in the half.

Florida State shot a blistering 62.3 percent (38-for-61) and outscored Yale 18-0 on fast-break points. The Seminoles also dominated the paint, outrebounding the Bulldogs 49-29 and outscoring the Bulldogs 60-8 in the paint.

Yale struggled from the opening tip. Janna Graf scored Yale's first nine points en route to an 18-point night. No other Yale player reached double figures, though freshman Hayden Latham had nine points, while Michelle Cashen and Alexandra Osborn-Jones each chipped in eight points. The Bulldogs shot 17-for-66 (25.8 percent), their worst shooting performance in a game this season.

Yale returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, when it plays host to Army at 4 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr./Yale Sports Publicity