Junior April Traylor scored a game-high 21 points to lead Florida State to a 77-57 win over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic championship game, Saturday afternoon at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. With the win, the Seminoles improved to 3-1 while the Hokies also go to 3-1.
“We are very excited to beat a very strong Virginia Tech team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “They (the Hokies) also took a European trip this summer and we were on their heels the entire trip, so this weekend, we wanted to pull away and jump ahead of a program like Virginia Tech. We had better depth, better stamina and the rebounding edge was huge. That’s something we challenged the team about (rebounding) since the Florida game and I am proud of how we responded to that.”
Florida State never trailed in the game. The Seminoles scored the game’s first seven points and hit a double-digit lead of 10 points at 19-9 at the 10:45 mark. But then the Hokies went to work, scoring eight straight points to pull within a point at 19-18 with 8:31 to go. FSU responded with 12 of the game’s next 14 points to take its largest lead of the half at 31-20. Virginia Tech pulled to within five at the break at 38-35. Traylor had 11 first half points and had three steals as the Seminoles shot 52 percent for the half and had a 16-14 rebounding edge.
Virginia Tech’s Sarah Hicks hit a three-pointer to pull the Hokies within four at 40-36 in the opening minutes of the second half, but they would get no closer the rest of the game. FSU maintained a lead of at least seven points for the last 15 minutes of the game. With the score 58-51, the Tribe ran off eight straight points to take its largest lead of 15 at 66-51 with three in a half minutes remaining and had a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Brooke Wyckoff had 11 second half points on her way to 13 for the game while Lauren Bradley and Katelyn Vujas also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
As a team, FSU shot over 50 percent (52 percent) for the second straight game and outrebounded the Hokies 35-25.
“Our execution has been so much better than in the Florida game,” Semrau said. “When we wait and get the shots that we want, we can shoot a very high percentage and that’s what you saw in this tournament this weekend.”
Virginia Tech was led by Tere Williams who had 16 points and was named to the Classic All-Tournament Team. Amy Wetzel and Hicks, who was also a member of the All-Tournament Team, added 10 points apiece.
Rounding out the All-Tournament Team were Candice Jackson of Michigan State and Krisey Sanders of Chicago State.
Florida State will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, November 28th for a matchup with the UCF Golden Knights. The game is at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on Sunshine Network.
Seminole Classic Consolation Game: Michigan State tops Chicago State 101-52
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Michigan State freshman Candice Jackson scored a tournament-high 26 points, including 6-of-8 shooting from three-point land, to lead the Spartans to a commanding 101-52 win over Chicago State in the consolation game of the Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic.
The Spartans opened the game with an 8-2 advantage and built a double-digit lead of 11 points at 21-10 with just under 10 minutes left in the first half. With the score 23-12 at the 9:20 mark, MSU ran off 13 unanswered points to take control of the game. The Spartans led 51-20 at the half, shot 57 percent and outrebounded the Cougars 23-9.
It was all Michigan State in the second half. The Spartans shot 62 percent in the final 20 minutes. Erin Skelly and Becky Cummings contributed 18 and 15 points, respectively for MSU. Skelly led the way with 10 rebounds as the Spartans had a 46-24 advantage on the boards.
For Chicago State, three players tallied double figures. Kafayat Davies had 11 points while Olithia Eames and Siobhan Dantzler added 10 points apiece.