February 4, 1999
RALEIGH, N.C. – Florida State freshman April Traylor scored 20 points, but the Seminoles fell to 6-15 overall and 1-11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 84-59 loss to North Carolina State this evening at Reynolds Coliseum. The win gives the Wolfpack a 13-8 record overall and a 6-5 mark in league play.
The Seminoles started the game off strong and were patient on offense with balanced scoring as six different players scored the first 13 points for the Tribe. FSU led 20-16, but the Wolfpack went on a 10-0 run before Traylor hit a 10-foot jumper to end the scoring drought to make the score 26-22. The Seminoles could not contain NC State’s Summer Erb, who scored 17 first half points, and then the Wolfpack got hot from beyond the arc, hitting two straight treys to pull ahead 34-24. FSU missed key free throws in the final minutes of the first half, going 2-for-6 from the line, including missing two front ends of one and bonus opportunities, and went into the lockerroom trailing by 10 at 40-30.
In the second half, NC State scored the first five points to take its largest lead at 15, but the Tribe responded, scoring seven straight to pull within single digits at 45-37. But the Seminoles continued to struggle offensively as NC State built a 20-point lead on a 22-10 run to make the score 67-47 with 7:45 to play. Florida State could get no closer than 18 points the rest of the way as the final margin of 25 points matched the Wolfpack’s biggest lead of the night. Rebounding was a factor in the second half as NC State outmanned FSU on the boards 27-18 to take a 48-38 final advantage.
The Seminoles shot just 28 percent in the second half and went just 34 percent from the field for the game. Jen Robinson was the only other Nole to tally double figures with 10 points. Freshman Angela Sutton led the way with eight rebounds. For NC State, Erb led all scorers with 24 while Tynesha Lewis and Monica Bates contributed 16 and 14 points, respectively.
FSU will host Clemson on Sunday, February 7th at 5 p.m. The game will be shown live on Sunshine Network.