Aug. 18, 2000
SION, Switzerland – The Florida State Seminoles used a balanced offensive performance and solid defense to take a 133-43 win over Sion Helios, Wednesday night, in the Tribe’s second game of their European tour. Senior Vanessa Fuchs guided the Seminoles with 25 points, on 10-for-12 shooting, while senior Levys Torres earned a double-double with 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
“I felt like we really played great transition offense and our defense is really coming together,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We rebounded the ball extremely well and were very unselfish. Obviously, when your assist to turnover ratio is 38-11, it’s a pretty good sign of how the game went.”
It was all Florida State from the get-go as the Tribe took a 9-2 advantage in the opening minutes and had a 38-17 lead after the first quarter. Nine Seminoles in all scored in the first 10-minute quarter, with sophomore Katelyn Vujas leading the way with nine points. The second and third quarters belonged to Fuchs, who scored 21 of her 25 points during that time. FSU led 70-28 at halftime and opened the third quarter with 10 unanswered points. The Seminoles had balanced scoring throughout the contest with at least eight players scoring in each of the four quarters. The Noles shot 67 percent from the field for the game.
“First, you need to credit Vanessa Fuchs,” Semrau said. “Her hard work is so apparent on this trip. She went 10-for-12 from the field and again did a great job hitting the posts. And speaking of posts, you had Levys Torres wit a double-double. It was maybe the best I’ve seen her play since being a Seminole and Lauren Bradley did everything we needed her to do.”
Junior Angela Sutton led the team with 15 assists while juniors April Traylor and Lakesha Springle dished out nine assists a piece. Springle also led the team with six steals. Aside from Fuchs and Torres, four other players contributed double figures. Bradley and Vujas had 18 points and 17 points, respectively, while senior Lako Brown added 11 and Sutton scored 10 points. Senior Brooke Wyckoff had eight points, despite seeing limited minutes for the second straight game.
“We really want to have the players who haven’t had as much game experience, get the opportunity so when we go into ACC play, we will have a much deeper bench,” Semrau said. “There are a lot of players that are proving a lot of things to us on this tour. Obviously, Brooke Wyckoff is a player who doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody and for her, we are trying to limit her minutes because she has been so active this summer with USA Basketball and will return to play against the Olympic team in September.”
FLORIDA STATE SCORING BREAKDOWN
Player Points, Rebounds
Vanessa Fuchs 25,3
Levys Torres 20, 10
Lauren Bradley 18, 6
Katelyn Vujas 17, 7
Lako Brown 11, 7
Angela Sutton 10, 4
April Traylor 9,3
Molly Beal 9, 1
Brooke Wyckoff 8, 3
Lakesha Springle 4, 1