Jan. 20, 2000
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Despite 20 points from Latavia Coleman, the Florida
State women’s basketball team fell 77-67 to the North Carolina Tar Heels at
Carmichael Auditorium Thursday night. UNC improves to 10-7 overall and 2-5
in ACC play while FSU falls to 8-8 overall and 1-5.
It was all North Carolina to start the first half as the Tar Heels scored
the game’s first seven points. Latavia Coleman started the scoring for the
Seminoles at the 17:04 mark with two of her 16 first half points. Florida
State would score eight straight and take an 8-7 lead, but UNC scored the
next five to go up four at 12-8. The score was 14-12 in the Tar Heels’
favor and the Seminoles hit a slump. FSU failed to score for nearly four
minutes, during which time North Carolina built an eight point lead at
The Tar Heels would go up by nine points twice before the Seminoles
came storming back. Trailing 23-14, the Tribe went on a 14-3 run and
regained the lead at 28-26 at the 3:00 mark and maintained a lead for the
remainder of the half, going into the locker room with a 33-30 lead at
Coleman was the only player to score in double figures. Katelyn
Vujas led the team with four rebounds and added four points while Brooke
Wyckoff also had four points. UNC edged FSU in shooting .458 to .455 and in
The second half started out good for Florida State as the Tribe led by six
points twice in the first five minutes. Leading 41-37 at the 13:11 mark,
FSU’s Angela Sutton was called for her fourth foul and was given a technical
foul for slapping the floor. As a result, UNC hit three straight free
throws, starting a 10-0 run which gave the Tar Heels a 47-41 advantage.
Despite the momentum shift, the Seminoles did not back down and fought back
to tie the game at 56-56 with 5:19 remaining and again at 61-61 at the 3:14
mark. UNC’s Juana Brown hit two of her four treys helping the Tar Heels to
a 10-2 run and a 71-63 lead. FSU’s Molly Beal hit a three with 1:23
remaining, pulling the Tribe within five at 71-66, but UNC made its free
throws down the stretch for the 10-point win.
“I want to give credit to North Carolina,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said.
“They came out and played extremely aggressive and showed a tremendous
amount of poise down the stretch. I thought Latavia (Coleman) had an
outstanding first half. I was disappointed that we didn’t get her the ball
more in the second half. We win ball games when we get Tay the ball and we
are learning that the hard way.
“Losing Angela (Sutton) was definitely a turning point in the game. I have
never seen a player get a technical for slapping the floor. She didn’t say
anything. But that’s basketball.”
Wyckoff finished the night with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds,
while April Traylor added 13 points. For the Tar Heels, who shot 51 percent
for the game thanks to 56 percent in the second half, LaQuanda Barksdale led
the way with 19 points while Jackie Higgins had nine boards.
Florida State will host No. 9 Duke on Monday, January 24th at 7 p.m.