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Bravard, Deluzio help No. 21 Florida St beat BC

Cierra Bravard scored 11 of her 21 points in the final 6½ minutes and Alexa Deluzio hit a pair of key 3-pointers, helping No. 21 Florida State hold off Boston College 102-93 on Thursday night.

Deluzio finished with 20 points and six assists for the Seminoles (17-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Courtney Ward had 20 points, 14 in the second half.

Stefanie Murphy scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Eagles (15-6, 2-4). Jaclyn Thoman had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Boston College leading scorer and rebounder Carolyn Swords, averaging 18 points and 8.9 boards, was held to four points and three rebounds before fouling out with 8 minutes left.

The Seminoles beat No. 16 Miami 68-59 in their previous game Monday.

After BC tied the game 81-all with just more than 7 minutes to play, Bravard hit three free throws and Deluzio nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner, pushing the Seminoles ahead by six with 4½ minutes left.

Kristen Doherty's two free throws cut it to 89-85, but Bravard's three-point play gave the Seminoles a seven-point advantage with 2:53 to go. Deluzio's second 3-pointer in the closing minutes made it 95-88 with just more than 2 minutes left.

Ward's fourth 3-pointer of the second half had given Florida State a 79-73 lead with 9½ minutes left before the Eagles scored eight of the next 10 points, tying it at 81 on Thoman's foul-line jumper.

Ward, who scored six points in the opening half, nailed three 3-pointers in the opening 3:06 of the second as Florida State opened a 62-55 lead.

BC cooled off considerably after a strong shooting performance in the first half, but Florida State stayed on target. BC missed nine of its first 13 shots in the opening 7½ minutes of the second half while the Seminoles went 7 of 11.

The Seminoles used a late first-half run to take a 49-48 lead at halftime.

In a first half that was filled with up-tempo play and accurate outside shooting, Florida State recovered from a six-point deficit by outscoring the Eagles 16-9 over the final 4 minutes.

The Eagles came out firing from long range, nailing four of their initial five shots from beyond the arc to build a 20-12 edge. The Seminoles then went on an 18-7 run over the ensuing 6 minutes to take their first lead of the game.

BC was 7 of 10 on 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes and shot 59.4 percent overall. The Seminoles shot 58.6 percent from the floor, going 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

(Updates throughout with corrected point totals for Bravard and Ward to reflect official boxscore)