BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — No. 7 Florida State flexed its muscle Saturday, outrebounding UAB 49-20.
“We rebounded the ball really, really, well,” coach Sue Semrau said. “When you do that, you give yourself a chance to have some big wins.”
The Seminoles (10-1) rode their advantage on the boards to a 93-47 victory.
Six players pulled down at least five rebounds for Florida State, led by six each from Shakayla Thomas, Ivey Slaughter and Maria Conde.
Florida State had a myriad of players step up in the scoring column as well, as Brittany Brown paced the Seminoles with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Thomas (15), Slaughter (15) and Chatrice White (10) also reached double figures.
“That’s the beauty of our team right now,” Semrau said. “There’s a lot of depth and a lot of experience.”
Rachael Childress scored nine points to lead UAB (4-4), who shot just 27.3 percent (6 of 22) in the first half.
“The first half you saw our team come out and play tentative, they were kind of scared,” UAB coach Randy Norton said. “But we’re a young team and this is all a part of the process.”
Florida State made 16 of 18 free throws.
Even with the decisive victory, going on the road to defeat a young, talented UAB team is something that the Seminoles aim to build on.
“Randy (Norton)’s doing a great job with this (UAB) program and building it, and we have a lot of respect for what he’s doing. It’s so important that we’re able to play good, solid teams on the road,” Semrau said.
Florida State: The Seminoles came off a win over No. 23 Florida on Thursday and extended their winning streak to nine games. The only setback was a two-point defeat at the hands of reigning national champion Connecticut, 78-76, on Nov. 14.
UAB: The Blazers fell to .500 with its second consecutive loss, after losing to crosstown rival Samford on Thursday. Florida State marked the second Top 25 opponent UAB has faced this season, also losing a 90-80 decision to No. 21 DePaul on Nov. 12.
Each of the seven players that came off the bench for Florida State on Saturday scored, led by 10 points from White. Nausia Woolfolk chipped in eight, while Kai James scored six points. Maria Conde also tied for a team-leading six rebounds coming off the pine.
“That’s what we need every single game. If we play with that edge, we can have that every game. That’s one thing we should always continue to work on,” said Thomas.
UAB shot just 4 of 19 from 3-point range in the game, but three of those makes came from Childress, including a pair in the first quarter. She also hauled in four rebounds, tying a team high.
Florida State has knocked off a pair of AP Top 25 opponents in its current nine-game winning streak. The Seminoles’ current ranking is their highest of the season.
Florida State: The Seminoles will look to extend their winning streak to 10 games when they return to the court Monday, Dec. 19, as they host UNF.
UAB: The Blazers take a week off before traveling to rival Troy next Sunday, looking to get back on the right side of .500.
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