Feb. 13, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior Latavia Coleman scored a
game-high 20 points to lead the women’s basketball team to a 66-52 win over
Maryland Sunday afternoon at the Leon County Civic Center. With the victory,
FSU improves to 10-13 overall and 3-9 in the ACC while Maryland falls to
13-11 and 4-9. The 10 wins marks the FSU program’s most since the 1992-93
Both teams came out running to start the game. The aggressive play
resulted in numerous turnovers for both teams as each club committed
season-highs in the category (FSU 32, Maryland 30) for the game. Maryland
scored first and led the Tribe 7-6 at the 14:18 mark, but the FSU took over.
Coleman hit a layup at 13:34 to regain the advantage for the Seminoles and
the Tribe would not trail again. A Brooke Wyckoff driving layup with 5:34
to go gave FSU its largest lead of the half at 31-15, but Maryland went on a
10-2 run to pull within eight at 33-25 at the break.
Maryland pulled to within five twice in the first five minutes of the
second half, but the Seminoles adjusted. Leading 39-34, FSU ran off eight
unanswered points to increase its lead to 47-34 with 7:23 left. Ahead 51-40
with under five minutes to play, Florida State outscored the Terrapins 11-2
for its largest lead of the game at 62-42 with 1:55 remaining. Maryland
finished the contest strong, scoring 10 of the game’s final 14 points, but
could not catch the Seminoles.
“FSU outplayed us in every phase of the game,” Maryland Head Coach Chris
Weller said. “They played very hard. I apologize for us not giving a
Marche Strickland led the Terrapins with 13 points and five rebounds while
Vicki Brick added 12 points and five assists. Aside from Coleman, Wyckoff
tallied double figures with 11. Guard Angela Sutton added nine points and a
team-high five assists and shared rebounding honors with Coleman with seven.
“I’m excited that we got a big win like this today,” FSU Head Coach Sue
Semrau said. “I thought we were a little out of sync offensively, but we
had a great game on the defensive end. Our defense was really the
difference in the game.
“Maryland hasn’t won here since I’ve been at Florida State and I think the
kids really took that to heart and tried to establish a home-court
Florida State shot 51 percent for the game and held the Terrapins to just
33 percent from the field. The Tribe also got it done on the boards and
outrebounded Maryland, 38-28.
FSU will travel to Georgia Tech on Thursday, February 17th for a 7 p.m.
tilt while Maryland will not play until February 20th when the Terps host