Jan. 30, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State junior Brooke Wyckoff scored
a game-high 18 points but No. 11 Auburn edged the Seminoles 55-52 in a
hard-fought nonconference contest in front of 1,107 fans at the
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center Sunday afternoon. With the win,
Auburn improves to 16-4 overall while Florida State falls to 8-11 on the
Florida State opened the game with intensity and built a
seven-point advantage early at 15-8 at the 11:14 mark. The Tigers went
on an 8-0 run to force the first of four ties in the final six minutes
of the first half. The two teams traded leads, but FSU trailed by two,
24-22, at the break. Wyckoff led all scorers with nine first half
points while Auburn’s Tasha Hamilton dominated with seven rebounds,
helping the Tigers to a 26-19 advantage on the boards in the first half.
The defense was solid on both ends of the court as neither team shot
well from the field: FSU .286, Auburn .281.
The second half was tight the entire 20 minutes as neither team
led by more than four points and there were three ties. Florida State
led 47-45 with 7:45 remaining when Auburn tied the game with a layup by
Le’Coe Willingham, who finished the game with 11 points. The basket was
the first of three straight for the Tigers, who built their largest lead
at four points at 51-47 with just over six minutes to play. Despite
pulling within a point, the Seminoles would not lead again.
“This was a great win for our program,” Auburn Head Coach Joe
Ciampi said. “I know how disappointing it must feel for Sue Semrau and
the FSU players. They’ve had so many close games and are doing so many
things right. Sue Semrau is building a great foundation here and we
were fortunate enough to finish the game three points ahead of them.”
Both teams shot 33 percent for the game, but the Tigers edged
the Seminoles 43-39 in the rebounding department. Hamilton recorded a
double-double for Auburn with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Aside from
Wyckoff’s 18 points, point guard April Traylor was the only other FSU
player in double digits with 11. Senior Latavia Coleman led FSU in
rebounding with 11 and added nine points.
“I am very encouraged with the progress of this basketball
team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we lost something
emotionally after the Clemson loss. Coming so close, so many times, I
told the team that this game was a turn-up for the second half of the
ACC. Our players responded and did an exceptional job today.”
The Tribe will host Wake Forest on Thursday, February 3rd at 7
p.m. at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.