January 24, 2000 - by
No. 9 Duke Edges Florida State, 59-54

Jan. 24, 2000





Box Score


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It went down to the wire, but No. 9 Duke
escaped Tallahassee and Florida State with a 59-54 victory in ACC women’s
basketball action Monday night. FSU falls to 8-9 overall and 1-6 in league
play while the Blue Devils improve to 17-2 and 6-1 in the ACC. Latavia
Coleman led the Seminoles with 13 points while Peppi Browne led the charge
for Duke with 18 points.

The Seminoles had a slow start against the Duke Blue Devils. Duke began
the scoring with the first nine points of the ball game. Latavia Coleman
started things off for the Noles, with a bucket at the 17:51 mark.
Trailing 11-2, the Seminoles scored six straight points, to pull within
three at 13:25. Duke, however, responded with an 8-0 run of its own to go
ahead by 11. The Tribe cut the Duke lead to 23-15 with 4:44 to play, but
the Blue Devils went up by 13 twice in the half’s final three minutes and
took a 30-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Coleman led the team
with seven points while Levys Torres led the Seminoles with five rebounds
and two blocks. Duke, who was led by Lauren Rice’s seven points, outshot
FSU .429 to .321 and outrebounded the Tribe 20-15.

The second half started out slow again for the Seminoles, but that would
quickly change. Brooke Wyckoff was held scoreless in the first half, but
scored nine second half points and was instrumental in FSU’s comeback.
Down by 12 points at 35-23, the Tribe scored 15 of the game’s next 17
points and took its first lead of the contest. Wyckoff began the FSU
scoring run with a three point shot at 17:19 bringing the Seminoles within
nine points. It was another Wyckoff three pointer that gave the Seminoles
a one-point lead at 38-37 with 14:26 to play. The Noles held on to their
lead while gaining a five-point advantage on the Blue Devils at 44-39.
Duke did not back down and was able to regain the lead with a 10-0 run,
giving the Blue Devils a 49-44 lead at the 8:04 mark. This was not a game
that FSU would give up easily. Despite falling behind by six, the
Seminoles fought back to tie the game at 54-54 on a layup by Coleman with
1:35 left. An FSU turnover and foul allowed Duke to score the last five
points of the game.

“I’m relieved more than anything,” Duke’s Head Coach Gail Goestenkors
said. “We were very concerned coming in here. Florida State is an
excellent team and they are very well coached. They’re so young, but keep
getting better and better. They’re right there. It’s just a matter a time
before they get over the hump. We feel very fortunate to come away with a
win.”

Wyckoff led the Tribe in rebounding with eight boards while Katelyn
Vujas added 10 points. Duke outrebounded FSU 38-35 and was led by Rice’s
12 rebounds. FSU shot 40 percent from the field to the Blue Devils’ 38
percent.

“Duke’s a tremendous basketball team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau
said. “They have a tremendous defense and consistently keep teams in the
50’s and 60’s. Looking at the overall game, it wasn’t the game we wanted
to have. The last minute, we didn’t get a defensive stop and what they got
was a three-point play. Last year, we lost to this team by 20 points. We
get tired of hearing how close we are, but really it’s true. I’m very
proud of this team. They keep fighting an once we put it all together,
it’s going to be scary.”

The Seminoles will continue their four-game homestand when Clemson
visits the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center on Thursday, January 27th.
Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on Sunshine Network.

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