Dec. 2, 2000
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
Despite 15 points and 12 rebounds from senior Levys Torres, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell to 4-2 on the season with a 72-67 loss to UT-Chattanooga at McKenzie Arena Saturday night. The Lady Mocs improved to 4-2 with the win.
“One of the things that we’ve been addressing is being a good road team and we weren’t a good road team tonight,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I think we were a little bit bothered by their zone and rather than attacking it, we played more passive and that’s something that is out of our personality and we need to play or personality on the road as well as at home.”
Four different Seminoles scored FSU’s first eight points and the Tribe controlled the tempo of the game for the first 10 minutes. UTC’s first lead of the game was 14-13 at the 13:24 mark when Miranda Warfield turned a four-point play with a three-pointer and a free throw. There would be five lead changes in the final 13 minutes of the half. The Seminoles pulled ahead by four at 20-16, but the Lady Mocs scored five straight points to go ahead 21-20. With 5:45 remaining, the Tribe regained the lead once again at 25-23 and went on to take the largest lead, for either team, at five points at 28-23 with 3:43 to play. But the Seminoles would not score again in the half and trailed 30-28 at the break. Four of the Lady Mocs final seven points of the half were off of free throws. Brooke Wyckoff led all scorers with eight points and led by Katelyn Vujas‘ six boards, FSU had a slim 18-17 rebounding edge.
The teams traded buckets for the first four minutes of the second half. And then Chattanooga’s Damita Bullock got hot and scored nine of UTC’s first 11 points of the second half. The Lady Mocs built their largest lead of four points at 46-42 off of a Bullock three at the 11:11 mark. FSU went on a 10-0 run, held UTC scoreless for four minutes, and pulled away 52-46 with just over eight to play. It was a three-point play by Shinikki Whiting at the 9:20 mark that gave FSU its first lead since 3:43 of the first half. The Seminole lead, however, was short-lived as the Lady Mocs scored seven straight to pull ahead 53-52. The lead would go back and forth again and then with FSU tied the game again at 57-57 with 3:30 to play. UTC scored nine straight points to take control of the contest and the Tribe was held scoreless until 39 seconds remaining. Thirteen of UTC’s last 15 points were off of free throws. Whiting and Wyckoff hit three-pointers in the game’s final seconds, but it was not enough.
Wyckoff led FSU with 17 points and April Traylor added double figures with 12 points. FSU shot 44 percent for the game and outrebounded UTC 37-32, but committed 20 turnovers.
“We did a good job on the boards, but that wasn’t enough,” Semrau said. “When you play on the road, you have to play well in every category. It is disappointing to see that we are not where I thought we were and we have a few weeks to prepare before we start our conference play and that’s what we’ll do.”
Florida State’s next contest will be Sunday, December 10th vs. Mercer. The game will be played at 2 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.