Florida State improves to 11-1 by defeating Creighton (6-4) 92-82 tonight in Omaha, Nebraska. Head coach Sue Semrau likes to play a game close to the hometown of each senior and this was the game for Chatrice White who is from Shelby, Neb.
FSU jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but the Blue Jays answered quickly. Creighton surged to a 19-15 lead and would end the quarter with a 25-19 lead. The Jays did this largely on the strength of the three ball. They hit seven triples in the first quarter which accounted for 21 of their 25 points.
Early in the second Temi Carda hit a jumper to give Creighton their largest lead of the night at 27-19. FSU bounced back with a 10-3 run to close the game to a 30-29 score. For the rest of the quarter the teams mostly traded baskets and the ’Noles trailed at the half 51-49. Ama Degbeon hit a shot to end the half from just beyond half court but it was after the halftime buzzer.
In the third quarter the game stayed close until FSU had a bit of a spurt in the middle of the quarter and took a 62-56 lead on a Shakayla Thomas jumper. Degbeon got a putback at the buzzer to give the Seminoles a 67-60 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the ’Noles were able to stretch the lead to 15 a couple of times but the Jays were able to cut it due to a couple of threes.
White led the ’Noles in scoring and rebounding with 19 points and 11 boards. AJ Alix had 17 points and 6 assists while Imani Wright chipped in with 16 points. Degbeon also had a nice game with 12 points 6 rebounds and two blocks.
Creighton is not a great team (Sagarin #55) but they are no pushover, especially at home. This is a good bounce back win for FSU after the tough Texas loss.
The Noles will now take a Christmas break. They’ll play Jacksonville in the TLCCC on December 28 at 7pm. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra (ESPN3).