Jan. 8, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Despite 16 points from Brooke Wyckoff and 15 from Levys Torres, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 73-60 to the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils Monday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU goes to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC while Duke improves to 14-1 and 2-1 in league play.
“Obviously we’re disappointed, especially with our second-half effort,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said.. “What I just told the team is that’s a pretty good team that took us out of our game in the second half. They’re not the 5th-ranked team in the country for nothing. I thought they played exceptional defense. They ran the ball extremely well on the offensive end and hit really big shots. I’m proud of our effort. Our team never quit, always believed and I think still believe that we can be one of the top teams in this conference.”
Behind four strong points and three rebounds from Wyckoff in the first three minutes of the game, the Seminoles came out on fire and took an 11-2 lead at the 16:53 mark. But the Blue Devils clawed their way back, outscoring FSU 10-2 to pull within a point at 13-12. Rochelle Parent missed the free throw of a three-point play attempt and Duke would not tie the game. Then the Seminoles went back to work. FSU extended its lead to 21-14 but Duke kept the pressure on scored nine of the game’s next 11 points to force the game’s first tie at 23-23. Duke took its first lead at 25-24 with 3:35 remaining and went up 27-24. Wyckoff hit two free throws and a lay up as the Seminoles regained the lead 28-27 with just over a minute to go. The game was tied at 29-29 at the half. Wyckoff finished the half with a game-high 11 points while Torres led the Tribe with six rebounds. Duke outshot FSU 43 percent to 34 percent and had the rebounding edge at 21-19.
FSU scored the first four points in the second half but once Duke got started, they didn’t stop. With the score 35-34 in FSU’s favor, the Blue Devils outscored the Seminoles 14-4 and took a 48-39 advantage with 13:24 to play. FSU cut the lead to five at 48-43, but the Duke offense quickly picked up five points to put the Blue Devil lead to double-digits at 55-45. Duke maintained a respectable lead the remainder of the game. FSU got as close as seven points at 61-54 with 5:18 remaining, but Duke’s Alana Beard hit one of the Blue Devils’ four, second half three-pointers to put the game away. Iciss Tillis went three-for-four from beyond the arc in the second half to spark the Devils. She finished the game with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Beard led all scorers with 23 while Rochelle Parent added 12 points.
“I’m happy to come away with the win,” Duke Head Coach Gail Goestenkors said. “It’s always very difficult to play here. Florida State is an excellent basketball team. We’ve been watching tape on them and I’ve been very impressed. They are very well coached and we knew we’d be in for a battle when we came here.”
April Traylor contributed 13 points for the Tribe while Torres added 11 rebounds to her 15 points for her fifth double-double of the year. FSU was held to a season-low 31 percent shooting and were outrebounded for just the second time this season, 44-39.
FSU will host Maryland (10-4, 1-2) on Wednesday, January 10th at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.