January 9, 2000 - by
FSU Women Nearly Beat Virginia For First Time

Jan. 9, 2000

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles fought back from an
early second half 14-point deficit but were unable to close in on the
Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic
Center and fell 76- 73. FSU’s Brooke Wyckoff registered her second
double-double of the season, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Lisa
Hosac paced the Cavaliers with 19 points and seven rebounds. Virginia
improved to 11-4 overall, 3-1 in the ACC with the win while FSU falls to 7-6
overall and 0-3 in the league.

“That was a veteran Virginia team that we just came up against,” FSU Head
Coach Sue Semrau said. “When the game got close, they were very poised and
hit some shots. I appreciated the effort that our team gave getting back
into the game. Brooke (Wyckoff) played an outstanding game and what you saw
Molly (Beal) do today was a product of hard work. Hats off to Virginia.
They played a great ball game.”

The Seminoles began the game on a strong note, leading 6-2 after two
minutes, but the score remained close in the physically played first half.
The Tribe continued to apply pressure on the Cavs and led by as many as five
points when Molly Beal hit a three to put the Noles up 22-17 with 7:57
remaining in the half. But UVA went on a run following a Schuye Larue
lay-up and a Renee Robinson three-pointer which tied the game at 22 with
6:34 remaining.

The Cavaliers run totalled 26-4 and they built a lead of as
many as 17 points with 1:08 left in the half. Senior Latavia Coleman, who
led the Noles with nine points in the half, put in two to cut the Virginia
lead to 13 at 43-30 going into the locker room. UVA’s Lisa Hosac led the
scoring with 10 first-half points and five rebounds. Wyckoff led the Noles
with five rebounds. Despite the physical play, the Cavs were called for
just three team fouls to FSU’s eight. The Seminoles were 43 percent from
the floor while UVA shot 47.1 percent.

Beal helped the Tribe close the deficit early in the second half
with three early three-pointers, but the Noles trailed the Cavaliers for
most of the second half. After trailing by 14, FSU fought back to pull
within two at 55-53 with 12:05 to play. FSU again fell behind by seven, but
Coleman’s two free throws with 3:30 remaining tied the score at 66. The
Noles continued to penetrate, but could not regain the lead as the Cavs
continued to hold on.

With the Cavs leading 76-73 with just 17.6 seconds
remaining, the Tribe worked to get the ball to Beal for a three-point shot,
but it fell short and the Noles called a timeout with 2.7 seconds left in
the game. They could not foul the Cavaliers soon enough and the game ended
with a 76-73 final score. Beal finished with a season-high 15 points on
5-for-7 from three-point land.

“Florida State is mega-improved,” Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan
said. “They have a lot of weapons. They are young but talented and they’re
going to get some people down here. I’m glad it’s not me. It was a great
win. FSU plays well here and they have a lot of components that make them a
good team.”

“The close losses – they wear on you,” FSU’s Wyckoff said. “But we
are not going to give up. It’s only the third game (in the ACC) and so much
can happen. It used to be David and Goliath everytime we came out onto the
floor, but it’s not that way anymore. We know deep down that we can do it.
We match up well with these teams.”

FSU travels to Maryland for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday, January
12 while Virginia faces Maryland on Saturday, January 15. The FSU-Maryland
game will be aired live on Sunshine Network.

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