“Hats off to a really hard-nosed Wake Forest team that I thought played a very hard-fought second half,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We did a lot of things well in the first half and challenged ourselves in a couple of areas. We played some defenses that we don’t play a lot of and they found some holes in them. I thought they did a good job of jumping out. I was proud of my team on the way that they stepped up to a challenge of a team coming back in the game, but then sticking some free throws and hitting some big shots in the end.”
Florida State came out playing aggressive defense as the Seminoles looked to avenge an early-season loss to the Demon Deacons. FSU held Wake Forest to just six field goals in 23 attempts in the first half and had a 36-21 halftime lead. Florida State outscored the Demon Deacons 23-8 in the first nine minutes of the game and controlled the entire first half. Traylor’s 10 points and Brooke Wyckoff’s nine points and six rebounds paced the Seminoles. Levys Torres added 10 first half rebounds. The Seminoles largest lead of the half came at the 3:52 mark, when they led by 17 points at 32-17. FSU shot 41 percent and outrebounded Wake Forest, 28-15. Eafton Hill and Kristen Schaffer each scored five points to lead the Deacs at the break.
The Seminoles came out a little flat in the second half and scored just 12 points in the first 12 minutes. FSU led 49-38 at the 10:46 mark, but then Wake Forest cut into the Seminole lead, outscoring them 10-1 to pull within two points with 7:23 remaining. But FSU, despite seeing its 15-point halftime lead diminish to just a bucket, did not lose its composure. Traylor and Wyckoff combined for 10 of FSU’s next 11 points as the Seminoles pulled back ahead and went up by nine at 63-54 with just under three minutes to play. The Demon Deacons would get no closer than seven the rest of the way as the Noles hit their free throws down the stretch for the 12-point win. Wyckoff added 17 points and nine rebounds while Katelyn Vujas had 13 points and eight boards. Torres finished the game with her eighth double-double of the year with 10 points and 18 rebounds. FSU shot 39 percent for the game, but outrebounded Wake 46-40. Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick led Wake with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
“I’m proud of our team,” Wake Forest Head Coach Charlene Curtis said. “We could have left our spirits in the locker room at halftime, but we came back out and played hard. We weren’t consistent though. We just didn’t do it for 40 minutes. I give Florida State the credit, they’re playing well and playing hard.”
With the win over Wake Forest, the Seminoles won their fourth straight ACC game for the first time in the program’s history.
“This is the first time Florida State has won four ACC games in a row and I think it’s a real credit to this team that they’ve been able to do something that no other Florida State team has ever done,” Semrau said.
Florida State will face North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Sunday, February 18th at 1:00 p.m.