March 4, 2001
By JENNA FRYER
AP Sports Writer
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Schweitzer scored 25 points to lead No. 4
Duke to a 72-56 victory Sunday over Florida State in the semifinals of the
Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Blue Devils (27-3) advance to Monday’s championship game, where they’ll
defend their tournament title against the winner of North Carolina
Fourth-seeded Florida State (18-11) was led by April Traylor’s 12 points.
Duke broke open a close game at the start of the second half with a 14-1
run. The Seminoles missed their first seven shots of the half and turned the
ball over six times while falling into a 52-37 hole.
But Florida State snapped its slump with a 10-1 run that cut the score to
53-47 with 7:55 to play.
That’s when Schweitzer took over, scoring eight straight points to put the
Blue Devils back in command.
Schweitzer, who had 17 points in the first half but was held scoreless
through the first 13 minutes of the second, hit consecutive 3-pointers to
stretch Duke’s lead to 59-49. Her jumper with 5:34 to play made it 61-50.
From there, Duke prevented Florida State from getting back into the game
with tight defense and dominating work on the glass. Duke outrebounded Florida
State 42-33, forced 14 turnovers and held the Seminoles to 38-percent shooting.
Schweitzer finished 10-of-19 from the floor, making five 3-pointers. Alana
Beard added 11 points.
Rochelle Parent, the Duke center who injured her hamstring in Friday’s 75-68
overtime win over Wake Forest in the quarterfinals, had 13 rebounds.