Nov. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Led by senior Levys Torres‘ 15 points, four Seminoles
tallied double figures as the Florida State women’s basketball team defeated
the Bulldogs of UNC-Asheville, 89-64, in FSU’s season-opener Sunday
afternoon at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. With the loss,
UNC-Asheville fell to 0-2 on the year.
“I thought we did a good job of moving the ball around,” FSU Head Coach Sue
Semrau said. “We were really unselfish. We saw the openings and took
advantage of them and gave a great team effort. When you have an
assist-to-turnover ratio of 23-12, that’s something I was really impressed
with and it is something the players take a lot of pride in.”
The Lady Seminoles finished the first half with a commanding 40-27 lead.
Sophomore Katelyn Vujas set the pace for the Seminoles, scoring 10 points in
the first half, as well as leading the team in rebounds with five. The
Tribe took charge of the game early and never looked back. FSU trailed the
Bulldogs twice early in the first half, and junior April Traylor came into
the game and gave the Seminoles a boost and the lead for good at 10-9.
Beginning with Traylor’s layup, the Seminoles went on a 18-2 run and took
their largest lead at that point of the half at 26-11 with 6:35 to play.
FSU led by as many as 18 at 38-20 with just under two minutes remaining in
the half and led by 13 at the break. The Seminoles had just two turnovers
in the first half, while forcing 14 Bulldog turnovers.
FSU continued to dominate the game on both ends of the court in the
second half. The Seminoles went on a 16-4 run to open up the half and
later built their largest lead of 32 points at the 8:31 and 6:12 marks.
Along with Torres, Vujas, April Traylor and Brooke Wyckoff all tallied double figures.
Vujas had 14 points, a team-high eight rebounds and five assists while
Traylor and Wyckoff added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Traylor led the
team with six assists. FSU committed just 12 turnovers and notched 13 steals.
For UNC-Asheville, Jessica Guarneri led the team with 19 points and
seven rebounds while Tonisha Jackson added 13 points. The Bulldogs
committed 25 turnovers in the game.
“We play these games against teams in the ACC, the SEC and Conference USA so we can be prepared to win our conference championship at the end of the season.” UNC-Asheville Head Coach Kathleen Weber said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to come to Florida State and have my team compete against such a well-schooled, very athletic team. I think that we fought hard and had some good execution and this whole experience is going to make us a better team
at the end of the season.”