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Florida State Falls to No. 8 Tar Heels in Overtime

December 5, 1998


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Led by junior forward Latavia Coleman’s
career-high 38 points, the Florida State women’s basketball team shot 58
percent from the field as the Seminoles took the No. 8 North Carolina Tar
Heels into overtime, before falling 112-101 this evening at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. North Carolina improves to 9-1
overall and 1-0 in the ACC while FSU falls to 2-4 and 0-2 in league play.




“I have nothing but praise for Florida State,” UNC Head Coach
Sylvia Hatchell said. “They played their hearts out. They are a very nice
team and very offensive-minded. Very rarely do teams score points on us
like that I know FSU is disappointed, but they shouldn’t be. Not only
did they play well, but they played with a lot of class.”




Florida State led the entire first half behind the hot shooting of
Coleman and sophomore Brooke Wyckoff who had 16 and 13 points,
respectively, in the first half. The Seminoles scored the game’s first
five points and built a lead of as many as 11 points at 35-24 with just
under six minutes to play in the first half. The Tar Heels, however, went
on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes of the game and tied the score at
38-38. The Tribe responded, scoring six straight points, but went into the
lockerroom up by just a point, 44-43.




In the second half, there were three more ties before North
Carolina took its first lead of the game at 53-52 with 17:49 to play. FSU
would fall behind by as many as seven, but would not quit. The Tribe
fought back as the game in regulation saw five more ties and five more lead
changes. Leading 94-88 with 28 seconds to play, it appeared Florida State
would earn the victory, but North Carolina hit two straight three-pointers
to tie the game at 94-94 with 12 seconds to play. FSU could not get a shot
off and turned the ball over with 0.03 to play. In the overtime, it was
all North Carolina. The Tar Heels scored the first seven points and came
away with the victory.




“I thought the best overall we played was in the overtime,”
Hatchell said. “We were very fortunate to win this game.”
Aside from Coleman’s game-high 38 points, three other Seminoles
scored in double figures. Wyckoff contributed 19 points and a team-high
seven rebounds while senior guard Jen Robinson added 18 and senior forward
Tamara Gracey had 11 points.




“Obviously, we’re disappointed, but I couldn’t be prouder of this
team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We learned a lot from our loss at
Duke earlier this week and tonight, we executed our game plan, practically
to perfection. We’re not satisfied, but I think we are way ahead of where
we were last year at this time.




“I’m just really proud. Our entire team put their hearts into this
game and when you put your heart out and you don’t get what you want, it
hurts. It hurts a lot.”




Nikki Teasley led the way for the Tar Heels with 32 points while
Juana Brown and Chanel Wright added 28 and 26 points, respectively.




FSU will take the week off for exams and will return to action on
Monday, December 14th in a nonconference battle with South Florida at 7:30
p.m. at the Tallahassee- Leon County Civic Center.


1998 TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT SEMINOLE CLASSIC


ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:

Alana Bader, Kent State

Rhonda Smith, Long Beach State

Latavia Coleman, Florida State

Dalma Ivanyi, Florida International

Brooke Wyckoff, Florida State


MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Zuzana Michalcova, Florida International


TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Sunday, November 22

Florida International 79, Kent State 54

Florida State 94, Long Beach State 64


Monday, November 23

CONSOLATION: Kent State 86, Long Beach State 66

CHAMPIONSHIP: Florida International 75, Florida State 62


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