November 19, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Shaka Massey scored six of her 20 points during a crucial second-half run to lead third-ranked Louisiana Tech to a season-opening 88-72 victory Thursday night over Florida State.
Florida State (1-1) was within 70-62 with 7:56 left to play, but the Lady Techsters went on an 8-1 run over the next 4 minutes, 12 seconds. Tech’s pressure defense forced three FSU turnovers in six possessions during the run.
Latavia Coleman scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Seminoles, who shot 34.3 percent field. Tamara Gracey added 14 points, and Jen Robinson had 10 on 5-of-16 shooting.
Christie Stides had 17 points and Tamicha Jackson 11 for Louisiana Tech, – the highest-ranked team to play Florida State in Tallahassee since the 1991-92 season, when then-No. 1 Virginia beat the Seminoles 87-60.
The Lady Techsters returned three starters from last year’s 31-4 national runner-up squad. Louisiana Tech led 43-33 at halftime, after scoring thelast four points of
the first half on baskets by Betty Lennox and Amanda Wilson.
Louisiana Tech took its biggest lead of the first half on a 3-point basket by Monica Maxwell to make it 30-15 with 8:21 remaining. The Seminoles went on a 9-0 run, however, to trim the lead to 30-24 with 4:39 left. Coleman opened the run with a short jumper, which Brooke Wyckoff punctuated with back-to-back baskets in the paint.
A pair of Coleman free throws made it 39-33 with 1:16 remaining, but Louisiana Tech’s last two field goals pushed the first half lead to double figures.