December 14, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It may have been Florida State’s first action
in nine days, but you sure couldn’t tell as the Seminoles took a quick 8-1
lead vs. the South Florida Bulls and never looked back, winning the contest
83-74 this evening at the Leon County Civic Center. With the win, FSU’s
record improves to 3-4 overall while South Florida falls to 7-2.
“What a disappointing loss,” South Florida Head Coach Jerry Ann
Winters said. “But the team didn’t quit and came back and showed a lot of
character in doing so.
“You have to give Florida State a lot of credit. We knew they were
a good team. Their 3-4 record is not indicative of how good a team they
are. They are awfully talented.”
It was all Florida State in the first half as the Tribe shot 53
percent and led by as many as 20 points while maintaining a double-digit
lead for the last eight minutes of the half. FSU led by 13 at 44-31 at the
break. Twelve Seminoles saw playing time in the first 20 minutes and
Robinson led the way with eight points and five assists.
Mixed FSU lineups and improved shooting allowed South Florida to
climb back into the game late in the second half. The Bulls pulled to
within single digits for the first time since the 11:52 mark of the first
half at 68-59 with 5:59 to play in the game and got as close as five points
at 75-70 with 2:32 remaining. FSU rallied for five straight points and
came away with the victory.
“We’re very excited about pulling this game out with this being our
first game following finals week,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I
thought we worked very hard and our effort was exceptional.”
Brooke Wyckoff and Jen Robinson paced Florida State with 16 and 15
points, respectively, while Latavia Coleman added 13 points in just 21
minutes of play, but it was the play of freshman guard Angela Sutton that
had the Seminole fans on their feet. Sutton, who started the second half
in place of April Traylor who suffered a hip injury in the first half,
recorded her first double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and added
two assists and six steals in 28 minutes of play. She shared rebounding
honors with Wyckoff, who recorded her second double-double of the season.
Traylor was undercut going to the basket and played just seven minutes due
to severe right hip spasms. She will be reevaluated in the morning.
Florida State will head West to play Pepperdine on December 17th
and Cal State Fullerton on December 19th before returning home to host
Western Carolina in a 7 p.m. tilt on December 21st at the Leon County Civic