Jan 20, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team fell to 11-7
overall and 2-5 in the ACC with a 73-56 loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday
afternoon at the Leon County Civic Center. The Yellow Jackets, winners of
four straight games, improve to 11-6 overall and 5-3 in league action.
“It was a disappointing game for us,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We
just couldn’t find the basket and when you get off 71 shots and only hit 20
of them, you’re not going to win many basketball games doing that. I
thought my team did a lot of other things very nice. I thought we rebounded
the ball well, but we just couldn’t find our range and it’s disappointing.”
There were two ties and six lead changes in the first half, but Georgia Tech
maintained control of most of the first 20 minutes and had a 35-26 lead at
halftime. Trailing by eight at 19-11 at the 11:18 mark, Florida State ran
off nine unanswered points and regained the lead at 20-19 on two free throws
by Tasheika Morris with 7:57 on the clock. The Yellow Jackets, however,
quickly responded, with a jumper by Milli Martinez at the 7:46 mark and Tech
outscored FSU 16-6 the rest of the half. The Seminoles shot just 29 percent
from the field and had a 26-23 edge in rebounding and were led by Katelyn
Vujas’ six points. Morris had just four points but led the team with seven
rebounds. Martinez, whose defense held FSU leading scorer April Traylor
scoreless on just two shot attempts in the first half, had seven points
along with teammate Nina Barlin, who suffered a left knee sprain toward the
end of the half. The Yellow Jackets shot just 39 percent from the field.
The Seminoles pulled to within five points in the opening minutes of the
second half, but Georgia Tech maintained its composure, scoring nine of the
game’s next 11 points, as they more than doubled their lead to 12 points at
46-34 at the 13 minute mark. FSU just could not get anything going
offensively and continued its poor shooting, while Georgia Tech built its
lead to 14 points at 55-41 with 6:47 remaining. The Tribe did make a run,
pulling to within six points with just over three minutes to play, but the
Yellow Jackets, like they did all afternoon long, responded quickly, running
off the game’s next six points and outscoring FSU 14-3 the rest of the way.
FSU shot a season-low 28 percent for the game while Tech was just a bit
better at 38 percent and had a 54-51 rebounding edge.
Vujas finished the game with a team-high 14 points while Shinikki Whiting
added 10 points and eight rebounds. Morris led the team with nine rebounds.
Tech was led by Sonja Mallory’s 18 points while Regina Tate led the team
with 14 rebounds.
FSU will travel to Virginia on Wednesday, January 23rd for a 7:30 p.m. tilt
with the Cavaliers. Georgia Tech hosts Clemson on January 26th at 7 p.m.