Jan. 27, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite a 35-31 halftime lead, the Florida State
Seminoles fell 73-61 to the Clemson Tigers at the Tallahassee-Leon County
Civic Center Thursday night. The loss drops the Seminoles to 8-10 overall
and 1-7 in the ACC, while the Tigers improve to 13-7, 4-4 in league play.
Clemson’s Nuria Forns led scoring with 20 points and six assists, both
career highs. FSU’s Molly Beal led her squad with 12 points on four of five
from the three-point line.
After a slow start by both teams, the Seminoles opened scoring with Latavia
Coleman’s jumper 2:31 into the game. The score bounced back and forth until
the Noles went up by five on Brooke Wyckoff’s three pointer with 15:22
remaining, but Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd responded with two to put the Tigers
within reach at 9-6.
FSU’s Katelyn Vujas increased the lead to five again
with her basket at 14:09, but it was not enough to get the Tribe on a run as
the Tigers controlled the next three minutes of the game, putting the Noles
down by one at 12-11. Coleman then regained the lead with 11:22 remaining.
Neither team gathered much momentum until the Tigers took over with a
six-point lead at 25-19 with 5:50 remaining and again at 27-21 just 40
The Noles turned things around in the last five minutes of
the half, going on an 8-0 run between Lakesha Springle’s trey at 4:19 and
Molly Beal’s with 3:04 remaining. The Noles fouled and Amirah Leonard sunk
her free throws to tie the game at 29 with 2:29 remaining. Beal responded
with two more treys to put the Tribe up by six with 1:59 left in the half.
The teams headed to the locker rooms with Florida State leading 35-31. Beal
led all scoring with her three threes for nine first half points. The
Tigers’ Forns led her squad with seven points and four assists in the half.
As a team, the Seminoles shot 64 percent from the field but were edged 15-13
The second half began as a battle from the first whistle, with the lead
switching hands five times. The Noles’ four-point lead entering the second
half was as much as they would be able to muster as the Tigers took back the
lead at 54-53 with 8:59 to play on a Forns’ three-pointer. They would never
trail again. FSU was outscored 20-8 in the final eight minutes. Forns was
three-for-three from beyond the arc in the second half. The Tigers went up
by as many as 14 points at 73-59 with 0:16 remaining. Springle’s lay-up
closed the Seminole deficit to 12 to complete the scoring.
“I was pleased with our effort in the second half,” Clemson Head Coach Jim
Davis said. “Our first 20 minutes left something to be desired. Our
transition game was big for us in the end. It was one of our better second
halves all season long. As far as FSU, I honestly and sincerely believe
that they will be a team to be reckoned with down the stretch.”
The Noles shot nine of 23 in the second half, one of seven from the line.
The Tigers finished the game with three players scoring in double figures.
Aside from Forns, Floyd had 12 and Joanie Mungro tallied 11. FSU’s April
Traylor had 10 points and six assists but committed seven turnovers. The
Tigers outscored the Tribe 42-26 in the second half.
“I don’t know what to say except that Clemson’s game plan in the second half
was exceptional,” Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “This wasn’t our best effort.
I don’t think we are who we were tonight. Give credit to Clemson. Jim
(Davis) did a great job getting his team ready.”
The Seminoles will be at home again this Sunday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m.
when they host the Auburn Tigers in their last non-conference game of the
season. The Tigers will travel to Georgia Tech for a 7:30 tipoff on Monday,