Jan. 10, 2002
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Despite 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from sophomore Tasheika Morris, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell to 10-6 overall and 1-4 in the ACC with a 77-73 loss at Wake Forest Thursday night at Joel Coliseum. With the win, Wake Forest improves to 7-8 overall and 1-4 in league play.
“On the road in the ACC, you’ve got to be able to make the big plays and we didn’t,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Down the stretch, we put ourselves in position to win the game and we didn’t make big plays when we needed to. I’m glad that we’re going back home. Six road games in the last seven games is tough for any team, much less one that’s as young as ours. We’ll turn around, pick it back up and learn from this and get better. I think our character is being tested and I like the character of our team.”
FSU jumped to an early 6-2 lead but Tonia Brown scored five straight for the Deacons to give Wake a 7-6 lead. The Seminoles regained the advantage and led 12-9, but the Deacons scored nine straight points to pull ahead 18-12 at 11:05 and led the rest of the half. Brown carried the Deacons with 21 first half points. She was 5-for-8 from three-point land as Wake Forest had a 34-27 lead at halftime. The Seminoles shot just 38 percent from the field and had 15 turnovers. Wake shot 39 percent, had 12 turnovers and a 21-16 rebounding advantage. Morris had a team-high eight points and five rebounds in just nine minutes of play for the Tribe.
April Traylor scored FSU’s first eight points of the second half in an attempt to get the Seminoles back into the game, but the Demon Deacons kept the Seminoles at bay. FSU got to within two at 42-40 before Wake scored seven unanswered and went on to take its first double digit lead at 60-50 with 8:47 remaining. The Seminoles fought back though and tied the game at 68-68 with 3:35 to play, but despite opportunities, could not take the lead and Wake went on to score the game’s next four points. Down 73-69, Lakesha Springle drove in and hit a lay up to pull the Seminoles within two with just over a minute remaining. The Deacons failed to score on their next possession and FSU had the ball, down two, with 40 seconds remaining. Lauren Bradley had a good look inside, but the ball wouldn’t fall and FSU fouled on the rebound. Just a 59 percent free throw shooting team, Wake Forest’s last four points were from the charity stripe and the Deacons pulled off the four-point win.
Wake Forest was led by Brown’s 28 points. Tiffani Listenbee led the team with seven rebounds.
FSU’s next game is Thursday, January 17th vs. NC State at 7:30 p.m. The game will be played at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.