January 5, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Despite a season-high 19 points from Tamara
Gracey and 17 points from April Traylor, the Florida State Seminoles fell
65-54 to North Carolina State at the Leon County Civic Center this evening.
With the loss, FSU falls to 5-8 and 0-4 in ACC play while NC State improves
to 7-5 and earns its first ACC win to go to 1-2 in the league.
Down just three at 21-18 with 6:04 to play in the first half,
Florida State failed to score for the remainder of the half as the Wolfpack
ran off eight unanswered points to take a 29-18 lead at the break. In the
second half, FSU scored the first four points to cut the NC State lead to
seven, but then allowed the Wolfpack to score eight of the nine next points
to take a double digit advantage. NC State’s biggest lead was 19 points
three different times. Trailing 57-38, FSU went on a run of its own and
scored nine straight to pull within nine. FSU got to as close as eight
points at 61-53 with 1:06 to play, but were forced to foul. The Wolfpack
hit its two shots from the charity stripe and a quick layup game them a
12-point advantage. Traylor hit a free throw with five seconds to play to
close the game.
Gracey added nine rebounds to her 19-point performance to lead the
Seminoles. For NC State, Summer Erb scored 26 points and grabbed 12
rebounds while Tynesha Lewis also had a double-double with 15 points and 13
rebounds. NC State shot 60 percent in the second half on its way to 47
percent shooting for the game. FSU shot 36 percent and was edged in the
rebounding department by three boards, 40-37.
“April (Traylor) really stepped up and Tamara (Gracey) really
played well,” Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Tam is going to be the one to
step up and play in Latavia’s place. We just need to have everyone step up
around her to make things work.”
FSU will play at Clemson on Thursday, January 7th at 7 p.m. The
game will be aired on Radio 1270 AM.