Feb. 11, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Brooke Wyckoff and Molly Beal combined for nine of FSU’s season-high 10 three pointers as the Florida State women’s basketball team won its third straight game by defeating Maryland, 77-65, on Sunday afternoon at Cole Field House. Wyckoff led all scorers with 20 points while Beal added a career-high 16. The win put FSU at 15-8 overall and 7-5 in ACC play. Maryland falls to 15-8 and 6-6. The victory also gave the Seminoles their first season sweep of the Terrapins since joining the ACC in 199-92.
“I’m just really proud of our team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Our outside shots opened up our inside too. We played good team basketball. We were going inside and out and we’re very unselfish. Maryland’s a great team and the way they have continued to develop is just such a credit to what they are trying to do here.”
The Seminoles trailed 32-26 at halftime after being held scoreless for the final two minutes of the half. Six players scored for FSU in the first half while Wyckoff and Molly Beal, who hit two threes, led the way with six points apiece. There were nine lead changes and six ties in the half. The Terps, who were led by Marche Strickland’s 10 first-half points, trailed 23-22 with just over five minutes to play, but outscored FSU 10-3 the rest of the half. The Noles biggest lead was 21-17 at the 8:10 mark. FSU shot just 32 percent in the first half and were outrebounded 20-17. UM shot 48 percent.
Levys Torres came alive in the second half scoring FSU’s first nine points, helping the Tribe to a 12-4 run in the first five minutes. The Seminoles regained the lead on a three-pointer by Wyckoff at the 15:56 mark, making the score 38-36. FSU went on to build a five-point lead, but the Terps closed in and pulled to within one at 41-40. Then the Seminoles exploded for 14 of the game’s next 20 points and went ahead by nine at 55-46. Wyckoff hit back-to-back three pointers in the stretch. UM again made a run, scoring five straight to get within four, but the three point shot again gave the Noles momentum. Beal hit two more three’s while Wyckoff added a bucket and the Tribe matched its largest lead at nine at 63-54 with just under four to play. The closest Maryland would get again was six points at 66-60 with 2:16 left. FSU scored eight straight at that point for its largest lead at 14 and won the game easily.
“Brooke has been shooting the ball extremely well for us and with Molly coming in and having the kind of game that she had from the outside, we weren’t satisfied with that in the first half.” Semrau said. “Maryland had only three fouls called on them in the first half as a result of us not attacking so in the second half, we decided to switch that up and really go inside early and I thought Levys Torres really put on a clinic when we got the ball to her and she went on a 9-0 run.”
Torres finished the game with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season while April Traylor added 13 points. FSU shot 48 percent for the game, including 45 percent from three-point land. The Seminoles were 11-for-13 (85 percent) from the charity stripe and outrebounded the Terps 39-31. The Noles also recorded a season-high 25 assists in the game. Strickland led Maryland with 16 points.
The Seminoles will host Wake Forest on Thursday, February 15th at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.