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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Pumped up by a season-high crowd of 4,499, including over 2,000 elementary students, the Florida State women's basketball team set a new school record for blocked shots en route to a dominating 86-41 victory over Alabama A&M on Monday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The local children, at the game as part of the Seminoles' annual "Day of Class with the Noles" event, made their presence known from the start with chants of "Defense! Defense!" FSU listened and never let off the gas on the defensive side of the ball, blocking 15 Alabama A&M shots to break a 33-year-old school record.
Florida State sent Alabama A&M to the line just once the entire game and won its third consecutive game to improve to 6-5.
Senior post Cierra Bravard and sophomore forward Natasha Howard led the "block party" with four swats apiece, while junior guard Alexa Deluzio recorded three blocks and freshman Kristi Mokube put away a pair of AAU shot attempts, as the Seminoles showed no rust after nine days off and last week's final exams.
Howard's and Mokube's blocks marks were new career bests, while Deluzio tied her career high.
FSU's previous school record came when the Noles blocked 12 shots against Mercer on Nov. 17, 1978. The Garnet & Gold's 15-block performance is also the most by an ACC team in 2011-12.
Nassau, Bahamas - Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall scored a game-high 15 points as the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (8-3) cruised to an 80-38 win over the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (5-5) Monday night at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Yellow Jackets shined at both ends of the court, shooting 57.1 percent from the field and the Tech defense held SIU-Edwardsville to just 25 percent for the game.
Sophomore Dawnn Maye was 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 12 points and senior Sasha Goodlett added 11 points. Goodlett now has 989 career points and is just 11 from 1,000 for her career, and has scored in double figures in five of Tech's last six games.
The Jackets opened the game with a 7-0 run and didn't allow a Cougar field goal until Raven Berry got a layup at the 15:59 mark of the first half.
Marshall began the game red-hot from the field, making six of her eight field goal attempts in the opening frame and added a free throw to head into the break with 13 points, her 10th double digit game in Tech's 11 games this season.
The Jackets forced 20 Cougar turnovers in the first half and turned them into 14 points offensively. Georgia Tech was able to drive to the rim in the opening frame, netting 24 points in the paint in the first half en route to a 32-22 lead. The Yellow Jackets have led at the half eight times this season and have won seven of those games.