Dec. 19, 2001
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It couldn’t have been a more perfect ending for
Indiana-native April Traylor. With just seconds left and her team down by
one, Traylor came off a single and a double screen to hit a 10-foot
fade-away jumper with 1.9 seconds on the clock to give the Florida State
women’s basketball team a 62-61 advantage over Indiana. Traylor then
intercepted the Indiana inbounds pass as time expired and the Seminoles came
away with the one-point victory over the Hoosiers, Wednesday night at
Assembly Hall. Traylor led FSU with 20 points. The Seminoles improved to
9-2 while the Hoosiers fell to 6-4 overall.
“I want to compliment Indiana,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “What a
great job they did, especially making the adjustments in the second half.
IU is a really tough place to win. When I was an assistant at Wisconsin, we
never won here.
“I couldn’t be happier that an Indiana kid came down to Florida State to
turn things around for us. It was a pretty story-book ending. It was a
tough shot that April hit at the end of the game, but I wouldn’t have wanted
anyone else taking it.”
Behind nine points from Traylor and solid team rebounding, the Seminoles
took a 36-23 advantage with them into the locker room at halftime. The game
was played pretty evenly for the first 10 minutes of the game, but then the
Tribe took over. With a 20-18 lead at the 8:38 mark, FSU outscored Indiana
16-5 the rest of the half, including a stretch of 14 straight points.
Florida State shot 43 percent from the field in the first half and held IU
to 25 percent shooting. FSU also had a 22-16 rebounding advantage.
Indiana came out much more aggressive in the second half, especially on the
boards, but FSU still maintained a comfortable lead for the first 10
minutes. The Seminoles were up 50-42 at the 10:14 mark, but then didn’t
score for the next four minutes as their lead began to dwindle. Indiana
went on a 6-0 run during that time and pulled to within two at 50-48. What
followed were three ties and six lead changes in the final six minutes of
the game and neither team led by more than a point in the final four
minutes. IU’s Erin McGinnis hit two free throws with 22 seconds left to
give the Hoosiers a 61-60 lead and the Seminoles the ball. FSU took a full
time out with 13 seconds remaining to set up the winning play.
“I knew coming out, that I was going to make the shot,” Traylor said. “I
just had this confidence. At the end of the game, I got awesome screens,
probably the best screens we’ve set all year, and it just fell for me.”
A total of 12 Seminoles played in the victory. Lauren Bradley contributed
nine points in 13 minutes of play off of the bench while both Tasheika
Morris and Trinetta Moore paced the Tribe in rebounding with six apiece.
FSU shot 42 percent for the game and rebounds were knotted at 37. Indiana’s
Jill Chapman was unstoppable in the middle as she led all players with 26
points and eight rebounds. As a team, IU shot 32 percent from the field.
FSU will play at IUPUI on Friday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on WFLA
Newsradio AM 1270.