Feb. 5, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Brooke Wyckoff scored a career high 30 points as the Florida State women’s basketball team overcame an 11-point deficit in the first half to defeat Georgia Tech, 89-69, Monday night the Leon County Civic Center. The win gave the Seminoles a 13-8 record overall and a 5-5 ACC mark. The 13 wins is FSU’s most victories since the 1992-93 season. The Yellow Jackets fall to 11-10 overall and 2-8 in league play.
“We still have a chip on our shoulder a little bit as far as that Florida State women’s basketball hasn’t been what any of us on our team would want it to be,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We still have something to prove.
“I thought Georgia Tech came out and played a great first half of basketball and maybe took us out of what we were trying to do. It looked like to me that maybe we were more afraid of success vs. failure. I think what you saw in the second half was a group of people, led by Brooke Wyckoff, that want to wipe that out from this program.”
Shinikki Whiting’s three-point bucket at the buzzer tied the game 31-31 at halftime in a half that saw the Seminoles trail throughout. Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 8-0 lead as the Seminoles started the game way out of sync. The Tribe did not score its first basket of the night until well over three and a half minutes into the game but the Noles managed to fight their way back. The first half statistics were fairly even as the Seminoles and Yellow Jackets were equal in just about every category except what mattered most, shooting percentage. FSU managed to shoot just 40.6 percent from the floor with Wyckoff leading the Seminoles with 11 points. Jaime Kruppa paced the Yellow Jackets with eight points and three rebounds as Tech shot 52 percent from the field.
FSU came out in the second half on fire. The Seminoles took their first lead of the night 36-35 at the 18:07 mark. Wyckoff scored seven quick points in the first five and a half minutes putting the Noles up for good 45-41 and Florida State never looked back. The Seminoles shot 54 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes and 48 percent for the game while outrebounding Tech 39-32. Wyckoff scored 19 second-half points on her way to a career high 30 points. Along with Wyckoff, who also had nine rebounds, three other Seminoles tallied double figures. April Traylor had 22 points, five assists, four steals and two blocks while Whiting added 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Levys Torres contributed 12 points and nine boards. Nina Barlin and Niesha Butler led Georgia Tech with 15 points apiece.
“Florida State played a great game,” Georgia Tech Head Coach Agnus Berenato said. “Brooke Wyckoff played great. She really rose to the occasion and that’s why they won the game. They really came out to play in the second half.”
The Seminoles, whose 89 points on Monday tied their season high, have now won four straight over Georgia Tech.
“Our expectations this year are a lot higher than just getting more wins than we’ve gotten since 1992-93,” Semrau said, “and we’ll see how we handle it from here on out.”
FSU will face league-leading Duke, 21-1 and ranked No. 4 in the nation, on Thursday, February 8th in Durham, N.C.