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Seminoles Breeze Past Long Beach State in Tourney Opener

November 22, 1998



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Five Seminoles scored in double figures, led
by Brooke Wyckoff’s game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, as the Florida
State women’s basketball team improved to 2-1 overall with a 94-64 win over
Long Beach State in first round action of the Tallahassee Democrat Seminole
Classic. With the loss, LBSU is now 2-1 on the year.


Solid starts at the beginning of both halves allowed the Seminoles
to take an early lead as Florida State never trailed in the contest. The
Tribe scored the game’s first 11 points and didn’t allow the 49ers to get
on the scoreboard until the 15:58 mark of the first half. Long Beach State
pulled to within four points twice in the first 20 minutes of the game.
With 5:49 to play in the first, the 49ers cut the lead to 24-20, but the
Seminoles responded with seven straight points to go ahead once again by
double figures. After falling behind by 12, Long Beach State rallied for a
late run and headed into the lockerroom trailing by just seven at 38-31.


It was all Florida State in the opening minutes of the second half.
The Seminoles went on a 25-3 run over the first 7:03 to take a commanding
29 point advantage and led by at least 20 points the remainder of the game.


Freshman guard Angela Sutton scored 17 strong points in just 16
minutes of play as all 13 Seminoles saw action, contributing to FSU’s 59
percent shooting effort. Also scoring in double figures for the Tribe were
Jen Robinson with 16, April Traylor with 14 and Latavia Coleman, who played
just 20 minutes, with 12 points. Robinson also led all players with eight
assists.


“One of our strengths this season is our ability to run the floor
and that’s because we are a lot quicker than we were last year,” FSU Head
Coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we really stuck to our game plan,
especially in the second half and when you stick to your game plan, you’re
usually successful.


It will be rematch time tomorrow as Florida State takes on
defending Seminole Classic champion Florida International in the
championship game at 8 p.m. FIU edged the Seminoles 66-63 in last year’s
Classic championship game. The Golden Panthers, who finished last season
with a 29-2 record and our receiving votes in the AP Top 25, defeated Kent
State 79-54 in the opening game of today’s action. Long Beach State will
play Kent State in the consolation game, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Leon
County Civic Center.


“Florida International has a great team and we are looking forward
to the opportunity to play them so early in the season,” Semrau said.


FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 79, KENT STATE 54

Recap: Florida International’s Zuzana Michalcova recorded a double-double
with a game leading 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Golden Panthers
dismissed Kent State, 79-54, in the first round of the Tallahassee Democrat
Seminole Classic. Kent State was led by Alana Bader’s 14 points while
Julie Studer added 10 points and five rebounds. FIU improves to 3-1 while
Kent State falls to 2-1.

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