Dec. 21, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Florida State women’s basketball team will break for the holidays with a 10-2 record after pulling out a 78-68 win over the IUPUI Jaguars (2-8) Friday night at the IUPUI Gymnasium. The Seminoles were led by April Traylor’s 17 points while Shinikki Whiting and Katelyn Vujas added 14 and 12 points, apiece.
“We’re really happy to come out with a win,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “After a great game at IU, to get back up on the road for another game isn’t always easy. We know we’re going to have to be much better at finishing games and that’s something will work on after taking this short break.”
Florida State shot a dismal 29 percent from the field and trailed 30-28 at the half. Following a 6-0 run, the Seminoles built a 17-9 lead at the 12:03 mark and seemed to be getting into the groove of the game. But then FSU hit a drought and didn’t score for seven minutes. IUPUI not only tied the game during that time, but took a three-point lead at 20-17. The game then saw four lead changes in the final five minutes of the half. Traylor led FSU with nine points and the Seminoles had a slim 24-23 rebounding edge.
The Seminoles came out on fire in the second half and went on a 13-4 run in the first four minutes to take a 41-34 lead. FSU built its largest lead of 15 points with 7:56 left and again at the 6:43 mark, but IUPUI kept the pressure on and pulled to within six points with 1:15 left. The Tribe’s final 15 points were off of free throws as the Jags were forced to foul down the stretch. Whiting had a strong second half with 12 points as the Tribe had balanced scoring with four players tallying eight points or more in the final 20 minutes.
FSU shot just 35 percent for the game but had a 49-40 advantage on the boards and just 12 turnovers.
After the holidays, the Seminoles will travel to Clemson on Sunday, December 28th for a 2 p.m. contest with the Tigers.