January 12, 2000 - by
Seminoles’ Rally Falls Short At Maryland, 68-67

Jan. 12, 2000

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite 28 strong points from senior Latavia Coleman,
the Florida State women’s basketball team missed a chance to win at the
buzzer and fell 68-67 to Maryland at Cole Field House Wednesday night. The
loss puts FSU at 7-7 and 0-4 in the ACC while the Terrapins improve to 10-5
overall and 2-3 in the league.

The Seminoles trailed by just three at 35-32 at halftime, but had to
come-from-behind after a slow start. Maryland scored the game’s first six
points and led by nine early at 14-5 at the 14:15 mark. Trailing 19-12, the
Tribe scored eight straight points to take its first lead at 20-19 with 7:51
to go. The two clubs traded leads. FSU went up 26-22, but then went
scoreless for more than three minutes and allowed Maryland to score six
straight and take the lead back. Coleman led FSU with 10 and Levys Torres
had five rebounds. Rebounds were knotted at 20 apiece, but Maryland edged
FSU in shooting, .457 to .441.

The second half started much like the first half – all Maryland. The Terps
scored five straight to take an eight point advantage at 40-32. FSU again
played comeback ball and took back the lead at 47-45 at 10:51 thanks to a
12-2 Seminole run. The remainder of the game went neck and neck. Maryland
went up by four points once, only to have FSU again come back and take a
one-point lead at 59-58 with just under five minutes to play. The Terps’
Marne Strickland, who led the team with 24 points, hit one of her three
treys on their next possession to give Maryland the lead for good. The
fifth tie of the game came with 57 seconds to go, but FSU failed to go ahead
on its next possession as Torres’ layup just missed and Maryland’s Rosita
Melbourne hit the second of two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the
Terps the one-point advantage. FSU could not score the win as Angela
Sutton’s off-balanced jumper missed with two seconds left.

“Maryland hit some clutch shots tonight,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said,
“and they got a great ball game from Marche Strickland who had a great
shooting night. Their guards kept our guards on their toes. We couldn’t
let up for a second. We had a couple of lapses down the stretch which
resulted in key three pointers for them. We had a great look at the basket
with Levys’ layup but the ball didn’t go down. Tay (Latavia Coleman) was
“money” tonight. She had a phenomenal ball game.”

Coleman was the only FSU player to hit double-digits, but three Seminoles,
Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff and Torres, tallied seven rebounds apiece. Maryland
had three players score in double figures. Aside from Strickland, Melbourne
had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Tiffany Brown added 11 points.

FSU will host Georgia Tech on Sunday, January 16th at 12:45 p.m. at the
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The game will be televised on ACC TV
(Sunshine Network in Florida) and the FSU men will follow with a 4 p.m. tilt
with Duke.

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