Feb. 18, 2001
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Florida State women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game with a thrilling 80-78 overtime win over North Carolina Sunday afternoon at historic Carmichael Auditorium. For the second straight game, four Seminoles recorded double figures in the FSU victory. The Tribe improved to 17-8 overall and 9-5 in ACC play. The 17 wins ties FSU’s most wins since 1991-92, while the Noles nine ACC victories in the most ever by a Seminole team. UNC fell to 14-11 overall and 7-7 in the league.
“Carolina played an extremely tough game all the way down to the wire,” FSU’s Sue Semrau said. “I want to congratulate them on a tremendous effort. I am also very proud of my team and the effort that I thought we had on the road. We’ve had some tough games as of late and this was a very important win.”
The game, which saw 20 ties, was a battle from the beginning. The Seminoles took a 35-31 lead into the locker room at halftime. April Traylor’s 10 point led the Tribe, but it was Brooke Wyckoff who got things started, scoring FSU’s first seven points. She would play just eight minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Neither team led by more than three points for the first 18 minutes of the half until the Seminoles pulled ahead by six. Leading 28-27 at the 3:24 mark, FSU scored five straight to go ahead 33-27 with 1:58 left. Ironically, 5-3 Lakesha Springle led FSU with five rebounds in the first half, but the Tribe was outrebounded 22-13. The Noles shot 44 percent while the Tar Heels, who were led by LaQuanda Barksdale’s 11 points, shot 42 percent.
The Tar Heels came out strong in the second half and outscored FSU 8-2 to take back the lead at 39-37 at the 18:42 mark. UNC went up four, but then the Tribe went back to work with an 8-0 run. The game was either in FSU’s favor or tied for the game’s next six minutes when the Tar Heels took a 55-54 advantage. The rest of the half saw seven ties and three lead changes, but neither team led by more than two points until Katelyn Vujas‘ hit one of two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Tribe a 69-66 lead. UNC’s Coretta Brown drove the lane and got fouled on a layup with eight seconds remaining. She hit the free throw and FSU turned over the ball in the remaining seconds. UNC had 0.14 second to get a shot off, but Levys Torres retrieved the ball and the game went into overtime.
The Seminoles never trailed in the overtime and led by as many as three at 76-73. With the score 78-78, Wyckoff hit two free throws with 40 seconds left and despite two missed free throws by Traylor, the Tribe had a two-point lead with 21 seconds left. Wyckoff had a huge block on a shot attempt by Barksdale, who led all players with 30 points and 15 rebounds, and the Tribe pulled out the win.
Torres led the team with 17 points, while Traylor had 16, Wyckoff 14 and Vujas 13. Springle led FSU with a career-high 11 rebounds.
FSU will host Clemson on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:30 p.m.