December 22, 1998
Latavia Coleman is averaging 21 points a game for ‘Noles.
vs. Georgia * Wed., Dec. 30th * 7:30 pm * WNLS Radio
vs. Georgia Tech * Sat., Jan. 2nd * 2:00 pm * Sunshine
LAST TIME OUT
The Florida State women’s basketball team gave Seminoles fans an
early Christmas present with an 83-39 victory over Western Carolina on
December 21st. FSU started the game on a 16-0 run and kept on running
as the Seminoles took the decisive 44-point win to improve to 5-5. The
Catamounts fell to 4-5 with the loss.
Everyone played for Florida State, with the exception of injured April
Traylor, as the squad shot 55 percent from the field for the game.
Sophomore Brooke Wyckoff and senior Jen Robinson led the way with 16
points apiece while junior Latavia Coleman added 15 points and freshman
Angela Sutton added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds. It was a
defensive effort from the get-go as the Tribe doubled Western Carolina’s
steals 22-11 and outrebounded the Catamounts 43-27. Sutton and reserve
guard Lakesha Springle led the surge with six steals each.
All but three Seminoles scored in the effort. Wyckoff led all scorers
in the first half with 12 points — matching Western Carolina’s team
total. FSU led by 30 at the break, 42-12.
For Western Carolina, April Fleck led the way with 12 points while
Kristy Kent recorded a team-high five rebounds off of the bench. The
Catamounts shot just 25 percent from the field and had 29 turnovers.
24 G Jen Robinson 13.1 ppg, 4.4 apg 11 G Angela Sutton 6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg 41 F Tamara Gracey 8.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg 21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg 30 F Latavia Coleman 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
12 G April Traylor 7.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg 23 F Arleshia Davidson 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg 10 G Val Linley 0.8 ppg, 1.3 apg 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg 00 G Lakesha Springle 2.6 ppg, 1.4 apg 15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg 25 G/F Lako Brown 1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg 51 C Lea Bennett 1.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg
1998-99 Record 5-5
1997-98 Record 9-18
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Head Coach Sue Semrau
School Record 14-23/2nd
Career Record 14-23/2nd
1998-99 Record 10-0
1997-98 Record 17-11
Starters Returning/Lost 5/0
Head Coach Andy Landers
School Record 469-141/20th
Career Record 551-162/24th
1998-99 Record 6-3
1997-98 Record 11-17
Starters Returning/Lost 2/3
Head Coach Agnus Berenato
School Record 150-144/11th
Career Record 210-199/15th
Six remaining FSU regular-season women’s basketball games will be
aired on WNLS Radio. Dave Kriger returns to do play-for-play while
former Seminole Liberty Taylor joins the team as the color anaylst. All
FSU radio games can be heard on the internet by logging on to the
women’s basketball page on FSU’s website … seminoles.com. Click on
the broadcast.com icon and follow the directions! Note that the times
listed on the broadcast.com schedule are Central Standard Time.
HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
“I had a passion and desire to build something,” Florida State
women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau said upon her hiring in June of
It’s a passion that quickly became contagious.
“But that Seminole spirit, that sense that victory is in that next shot,
that next pass, that next steal…” one sportswriter wrote about the
Semrau believed in the team and soon the team began to believe in itself
and then the results became evident. In just one season at the helm,
Semrau led Florida State to its most victories since 1992-93 and its
best ACC record and finish since 1992-93, including its largest victory
by margin over an ACC opponent.
Prior to coming to Florida State, Semrau served three years as an
assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of
Wisconsin under Badger Head Coach Jane Albright-Dieterle. Semrau joined
Albright-Dieterle at Northern Illinois in 1991 where she assisted in
leading NIU to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
WITH THE WESTERN CAROLINA WIN
With the WCU win, Florida State …
Florida State’s 44-point win over Western Carolina ranks ninth among
FSU’s Top 10 wins all-time. FSU’s biggest win ever was by 84 points —
a 100-16 win over West Florida in the 1975-76 season.
FSU’s January 4th home game vs. NC State is now a 5:00 pm start,
allowing Seminole fans to be able to get home on time to watch the big
Fiesta Bowl game.
FSU VS. GEORGIA
FSU trails 0-4 in the series with Georgia. The two clubs first met
in the 1987-88 season and faced each other four straight seasons but
haven’t met since 1990-91. UGA dominated three of those four games,
winning by 19 points once and 20 points on two other occasions. In
1989-90 in Tallahassee, FSU kept it close, falling by just four points.
Last season, Georgia travelled to Tallahassee to participate in the
first annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic but did not face FSU.
The series looks like this:
1987-88 L 72-91 (H) 1988-89 L 70-90 (A) 1989-90 L 76-80 (H) 1990-91 L 71-91 (A)
FSU VS. GEORGIA TECH
Florida State holds a slim 9-8 advantage in the series with Georgia
Tech, including two big wins last season. The series dates back to
1974-75. FSU has won four of the last six meetings, including last
year’s 88-53 win in Atlanta — its largest margin of victory over an ACC
opponent. FSU’s 77-56 win in Tallahassee was the last-ever Florida
State women’s basketball game played at Tully Gym.
It was last year’s game vs. Georgia Tech in the home finale that
cost the Seminoles forward Latavia Coleman. Coleman suffered an ankle
fracture with 2:21 remaining and was casted for the next two months.
She had 12 points and eight rebounds in the game.
BACK ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE BOARD
FSU outrebounded Cal State Fullerton by seven boards – itslargest
margin of the season – until dominating Western Carolina in the
rebounding department, 43-27. FSU has now outrebounded its opponent
in two straight games and in five games overall.
CAN’T STOP COLEMAN
Latavia Coleman has scored in double figures in all 10 games this
season, but even more remarkable is her shooting accuracy of .547. The
junior forward has shot 50 percent or better in seven games. She is
averaging a team-high 15.0 field goal attempts per game and is making
8.2 of them.
IS IT BROOKE OR “BLOCK” WYCKOFF?
Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 22
swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.2 per game.
Freshman guard April Traylor, who suffered an injury to her lower
right back vs. South Florida, played just nine minutes vs. Cal State
Fullerton and did not play at all vs. Pepperdine. She sat out the
Western Carolina game but should be ready for action vs. Georgia.
SHAKIN’ UP THE LINEN’ UP
Florida State started the same five players for its first seven
games of the season in Coleman, Wyckoff, Robinson, Gracey and Traylor.
Traylor’s injury shook things up a bit. FSU started Sutton and Springle
in place of Traylor and Gracey vs. Pepperdine. Against Cal State
Fullerton and Western Carolina, Gracey returned to the lineup and Sutton
got both starts.
SUTTON HAS BEEN SOMETHIN’
Angela Sutton had the Seminole fans on their feet in FSU’s 83-74 win
over South Florida. The 5-10 rookie guard played 28 minutes off of the
bench and recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11
rebounds. But that wasn’t all! Sutton also tallied a game-high six
steals in the game and had two assists. She shared rebounding honors
with teammate Brooke Wyckoff.
IN THE LEAGUE
The Seminoles individually are making some noise in the ACC.
Latavia Coleman’s 20.8 points per game ranks second in the league as
does Brooke Wyckoff’s 2.2 blocks per game. Senior Tamara Gracey’s 84
percent shooting from the free throw line ranks tied for first in the
conference. As a team, FSU is second in steals per game, third in
blocked shots and fourth among the nine ACC schools in field goal
Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff and Angela Sutton have all recorded
double-doubles this season. Coleman scored a career-high 30 points and
grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech and tallied 21 points and 10
boards vs. Pepperdine. Wyckoff has done it twice with 14 points and 10
rebounds vs. Florida International and 16 points and 11 rebounds vs.
South Florida. Sutton earned the honor off of the bench with 13 points
and 11 rebounds in the South Florida game.
TURNING IT UP
Senior guard Jen Robinson has turned it up a notch this season. Not
only is she helping her teammates to score with a team-high 4.4 assists
per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through 10
games, Robinson had tallied double figures in nine contests, including a
season-high 18 points vs. No. 8 North Carolina. In that game Robinson
was unstoppable, shooting 70 percent from the field while also recording
six assists and five steals.
COLEMAN TIES ALL-TIME SINGLE GAME MARK
Latavia Coleman’s career-high 30 points vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech and
her 38 points. vs. No. 8 North Carolina places her among an elite group
… the Florida State 30-point Club. Only 11 other Florida State
players have scored 30 points or more in a game. Coleman tied the
all-time mark for points in a single game with 38 vs. UNC. Tia Paschal
set the mark with 38 points vs. North Carolina in 1993.
THE CENTURY MARK
Florida State’s 101 points vs. North Carolina marks the first time
since the 1991-92 season that the Tribe has hit the century mark in
points. In that year, FSU did it twice within five days with 100 points
vs. FAMU on February 24, 1992 and 104 points vs. Oral Roberts on
February 29, 1992. Last season, North Carolina scored 103 points in its
win over FSU.
The Carolina overtime contest was FSU’s first OT game of the season
and first since last year’s game vs. Virginia on February 2nd, 1998. In
that game, the Tribe fell 76-83 to the Cavaliers. Overall, FSU is 12-6
in overtime games since 1977-78.
WITH SUCH GRACE
Senior Tamara Gracey plays with such grace that you don’t know what
she’s done in a game until you see the boxscore. Oh so quietly, in nine
starts Gracey has scored in double figures in five games and has had
seven or more rebounds in four games, including a team-high nine vs. Cal
GIVE ME THE BALL
Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more
steals than its opponents in seven games. The Seminoles recorded a
season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina. The Tribe and Duke tied
with six steals apiece.
The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw
line this season. FSU’s best outing percentage-wise was .800 on
24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech, but FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in
A total of 54 fouls were called in the FSU-Long Beach game while 52
fouls were called during the FSU-Duke game. Against the Blue Devils,
three Seminole starters fouled out of the contest.
According to this week’s rankings, Florida State will face or have
faced seven teams who are currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
Four ACC teams are ranked, led by No. 7 North Carolina, who FSU took
into overtime. Also on FSU’s schedule this season are No. 4 Georgia,
No. 5 La. Tech and No. 20 Florida.
Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in six
contests, while Latavia Coleman has taken team-scoring honors in six
games, including two games of 30 or more points.
WYCKOFF IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Brooke Wyckoff set new highs early this
season. Against La. Tech on Nov. 19th, she tied her career-high with 15
rebounds (also vs. FAMU 11/16/97) and against Long Beach State on Nov.
22, she established new highs in scoring with 20 points and in steals
with seven. Her previous marks were 18 points vs. Clemson (12/16/97)
and six steals vs. Virginia (1/2/98).
SUTTON EARNS ACC ROOKIE HONORS
Angela Sutton, who hails from Cleveland,
Tennessee, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Rookie of the Week
on November 23rd. Sutton, a 5-10 guard, scored 17 points, grabbed three
rebounds, had two assists and three steals in just 16 minutes of play
off of the bench in FSU’s 30-point win over Long Beach State in the
first round of the 1998 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic. The
rookie went 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-8 from the charity stripe.
Sutton became the second FSU freshman to earn the honor this season as
fellow guard April Traylor was named this season’s first ACC Rookie of
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT CLASSIC HONORS
For the second straight season,
Latavia Coleman has earned Tallahassee Democrat All-Tournament Team
honors. This season, sophomore Brooke Wyckoff joins her with honors.
LA TECH HEAD COACH LEON BARMORE SAID
About the FSU/La. Tech game: “This
game was exactly what I thought it would be. I wasn’t at all surprised
by Florida State’s play. Sue Semrau has them going in the right
TRAYLOR PEGGED ACC ROOKIE OF WEEK
Freshman April Traylor, of
Martinsville, Indiana, was named this season’s first Atlantic Coast
Conference Rookie of the Week after leading the Seminoles to a 76-67
victory over Tulsa in the squad’s season-opener on Saturday. Traylor, a
5-10 guard, scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 from the field,
including 2-for-3 from three-point range. She grabbed seven rebounds
and posted a team-high six steals while also contributing two assists in
36 minutes of play.
FSU NO. 50 IN BASKETBALL NEWS PRESEASON POLL
Florida State was selected the No. 50 team in the nation in the
Basketball News preseason Top 64 poll in the publication’s first-ever
WYCKOFF ON THE USA TEAM
Brooke Wyckoff represented herself and Florida
State this summer as a member of the 1998 USA Select Team. The squad
traveled abroad for 15 days making stops in Puerto Rico, Poland and
Spain, and compiled a 7-1 record against the respective national teams.
MEDIA PRESEASON PREDICTED ACC TEAM FINISHES
SCHOOL PTS 1. Duke 207 2. Virginia 182 3. North Carolina 175 4. NC State 140 5. Clemson 136 6. Florida State 79 7. Maryland 76 8. Georgia Tech 53 9. Wake Forest 32
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
The Florida State captains, as chosen by their
teammates, are senior guards Jen Robinson and Val Linley.
COLEMAN’S A SECOND TEAM PICK
Junior Latavia Coleman, the ACC’s returning
leading scorer at 17.7 ppg, was selected a Media Preseason
All-Conference second team pick. Coleman has earned ACC honors in each
of her first two seasons. She was a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team
in 1997 and a All-ACC Second Team selection in 1998.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
The Tribe will have 16 games either televised on
Sunshine Network or aired on WNLS-AM 1270 Radio this season. Here’s the
12/14 South Florida (SUN) 7:30 p.m.
1/2 at Georgia Tech (SUN) 2 p.m.
1/25 Duke (RSN) 7 p.m.
1/31 Georgia Tech (RSN) 12:30 p.m.
2/4 at NC State (SUN) 7 p.m.
2/7 Clemson (SUN) 5 p.m.
2/11 at Florida (SUN) 7 p.m.
WNLS Radio (1270 AM)
12/2 at Duke 7 p.m.
12/30 at Georgia 7:30 p.m.
1/7 at Clemson 7 p.m.
1/14 Wake Forest 7 p.m.
1/22 Virginia 7 p.m.
1/28 at North Carolina 7 p.m.
2/18 Maryland 7 p.m
3 9 11 13 16 19 30 44 WIN: 2 1 1 1 LOSS: 1 1 1 1 1
The Seminoles Record When…
At home: 3-3 On the road: 2-2 Neutral sites: 0-0 vs. ACC: 0-2 Home ACC: 0-1 Road ACC: 0-1 Non-Conference: 5-3 Shooting 50% or better: 3-1 Shooting below 50%: 2-4 Opponent shoots 50% or better: 1-2 Opponent shoots below 50%: 3-4 Outrebound opponent: 3-2 Outrebounded: 1-3 Rebounds are tied: 1-0 vs. Top 25 opponents: 0-3 vs. Top 10 opponents: 0-2 Leading at halftime: 4-1 Trailing at halftime: 1-4 Tied at halftime: 0-0 In overtime: 0-1 Playing during the day: 2-0 Playing at night: 3-5 November: 2-2 December: 3-3 Monday: 2-1 Tuesday: 0-0 Wednesday: 0-1 Thursday: 0-2 Friday: 0-0 Saturday: 2-1 Sunday: 1-0 On Television: 1-2
Longest winning streak: 2 games Longest losing streak: 3 games Largest margin of victory: 44 Largest margin of defeat: 19
FOUR BIG SIGNINGS
FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 9 by Basketball Times and No.
9 by Baskeball News Magazine.
Florida State women’s basketball Head Coach Sue Semrau has announced the
signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to play for the
Seminoles next season. Shinikki Whiting of Clearwater, FL (Clearwater),
Lauren Bradley of Lake Mary, FL (Lake Mary), Katelyn Vujas of Wadsworth,
Ohio (Wadsworth) and Molly Beal of Mission Hills, KS (Pembroke) will
wear the garnet and gold in 1999-2000.
Whiting, a Street and Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American, is a 5-9
guard from Clearwater High School. A two-time All-State and All-County
Player of the Year, Whiting also earned Florida Class 5A Player of the
Year honors last season. Whiting, who has already established the
scoring record at Clearwater with 1,788 points, holds career averages of
19.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game through
her three-year career. The record-holder in 11 individual school
records, Whiting was invited to the USA Basketball World Youth Games
Trial last year. Whiting, whose father Mike was a running back at
Florida State from 1979-81, plays for Tom Shaneyfelt at Clearwater High
School and was coached by Craig Keeler on the Tampa Bay Shooters AAU
Bradley, a 1998 All-USA Today Team selection, is a 6-3 center from Lake
Mary High School. The two-time first team All-State honoree holds career
averages of 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. A 1998
member of the All-Southeast Team, Bradley is a three-time All-Conference
selection and was named the 1997 and 1998 Orlando Sentinel Seminole
County Player of the Year. Bradley is coached by Carl Brown at Lake
Mary and intends to major in Criminal Justice at Florida State.
Vujas, a 6-3 center from Wadsworth High School, earned first team
All-State honors in 1997 and 1998 and helped lead her team to the 1997
Division I state championship. The Northeast Ohio Inland District
Player of the Year, Vujas has scored 1,127 career points, which makes
her a member of Wadsworth High School’s 1,000 point club and ranks 11th
on Medina County all-time career scoring list. A member of the 1998 AAU
17 and Under Junior Olympics National Championship team, Vujas was also
a 1998 USA Basketball World Youth Games Trial invitee. Vujas, who would
like to major in the area of Communications, is coached by Todd Osborn
at Wadworth High School and Dan Lewis on her AAU team, the Columbus
Beal, a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American, will come to Florida
State from Pembroke High School in Mission Hills, Kansas. A two-time,
first team All-State selection, Beal averaged 20.3 points, 8.2 rebounds,
4.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game as she led her team to a 25-4 record
in 1998. The 5-11 guard is coached by Mark Spigarelli at Pembroke and
Bob Benson of the Kansas Belles AAU Team.
THE TULSA GAME
Freshman guard April Traylor scored a game-high 23 points as she led the
Seminoles to a 76-67 victory over Tulsa at the Expo Squar Pavilion in
Tulsa, Oklahoma. Traylor also added seven rebounds, six steals and two
assists to her debut.
Early foul trouble forced returning leading scorere Latavia Coleman to
the bench as the junior forward recorded one rebound in just eight
minutes of action in the first half. The Tribe trailed by as many as
seven points in the first 20 minutes, in a half that saw nine ties, and
went into the lockerroom down by one at 35-34.
Traylor hit a jumper to open the second half and followed with a
three-pointer to give Florida State a four-point lead and FSU never
trailed again. Tulsa tied the game at 52-52 with 8:58 to play, but the
Seminoles scored 13 of the game’s next 15 points and took a comfortable
11 point lead. The Golden Hurricane got no closer than six points the
rest of the way.
Coleman rallied for 12 second-half points while senior Jen Robinson and
sophomore Brooke Wyckoff contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Coleman and Wyckoff led the team with nine rebounds apiece while senior
Tamara Gracey, a transfer from Tulsa, scored four points and grabbed
eight boards. Senior guard Val Linley led the team with five assists.
FSU VS. #3 LOUISIANA TECH
Florida State junior Latavia Coleman
scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but the Florida
State Seminoles fell to No.3 Louisiana Tech, 88-72, in front of 1,097
fans at the Leon County Civic Center on Thursday.
Ten Lady Techsters scored in the first half, led by Christie Sides’ 10
points, as Louisiana Tech took a 43-33 lead at halftime. The Seminoles
trailed by 15 at 30-15 with eight minutes to play in the first half, but
did not quit. A motivated FSU ran off nine straight to pull within six
with 5:49 to play and kept the La. Tech advantage to under 10 points
until the final 40 seconds of the half and although down by 10 points,
were very much still in the game. Coleman led all scorers with 12
points at the break.
Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 16 point advantage at 51-35 to open the
second half, but the Tribe again rallied and pulled to within six points
twice with just under 10 minutes to play. Trailing 70-62 at 7:56, FSU
allowed the Techsters to score seven of the game’s next eight points as
Louisiana Tech once again built a double-digit lead at 15 points. The
Seminoles got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.
The Seminoles outrebounded the Techsters 46-41 but Louisiana Tech shot
49 percent for the game. FSU’s Jen Robinson scored 10 points while
sophomore Brooke Wyckoff grabbed 15 rebounds to lead all players. For
La. Tech, Shaka Massey scored 20 points and Tamicha Jackson added 11
while Monica Maxwell led in rebounding with eight.
THE LONG BEACH GAME
Five Seminoles scored in double figures, led
by Brooke Wyckoff’s game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, as the
Florida State women’s basketball team improved to 2-1 overall with a
94-64 win over Long Beach State in first round action of the Tallahassee
Democrat Seminole Classic. With the loss, LBSU is now 2-1 on the year.
Solid starts at the beginning of both halves allowed the Seminoles to
take an early lead as Florida State never trailed in the contest. The
Tribe scored the game’s first 11 points and didn’t allow the 49ers to
get on the scoreboard until the 15:58 mark of the first half. Long
Beach State pulled to within four points twice in the first 20 minutes
of the game. With 5:49 to play in the first, the 49ers cut the lead to
24-20, but the Seminoles responded with seven straight points to go
ahead once again by double figures. After falling behind by 12, Long
Beach State rallied for a late run and headed into the lockerroom
trailing by just seven at 38-31.
It was all Florida State in the opening minutes of the second half. The
Seminoles went on a 25-3 run over the first 7:03 to take a commanding 29
point advantage and led by at least 20 points the remainder of the game.
Freshman guard Angela Sutton scored 17 strong points in just 16 minutes
of play as all 13 Seminoles saw action, contributing to FSU’s 59 percent
shooting effort. Also scoring in double figures for the Tribe were Jen
Robinson with 16, April Traylor with 14 and Latavia Coleman, who played
just 20 minutes, with 12 points. Robinson also led all players with
FSU VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Despite 21 strong points from
junior Latavia Coleman, the Florida State Seminoles fell 75-62 to
Florida International in the 1998 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic
championship game. The Golden Panthers have now won two straight
The Tribe got things started by scoring the game’s first four points and
led for the first 10 minutes of the contest, but the FIU’s uptempo play
allowed the Golden Panthers to take the lead at 17-16 with 9:28 to play
in the first half and they never trailed again. FIU went up by nine
points with four minutes remaining, but FSU closed out the half with a
6-1 rally and despite shooting 54 percent from the field, went into the
lockerroom trailing by four at 34-30.
FIU took a quick double-figure lead in the second half, outscoring FSU
11-5 to take a 45-35 advantage. The Golden Panthers continued to run
and took their largest lead of the game at 18 with just over 10 minutes
to play. FSU cut that lead in half twice, but could get no closer than
nine points before falling by 13.
Behind Brooke Wyckoff’s team-high 10 rebounds, the Seminoles
outrebounded FIU 36-30, but the squad was plagued by 21 turnovers while
FIU recorded 14 steals on the night. Wyckoff added 14 points to her
10-rebound effort and joined Coleman on the All-Tournament team.
THE DUKE GAME
Despite four FSU players in double figures, No. 16
Duke defeated the Tribe 91-72 in the ACC opener for both schools. The
Blue Devils jumped to a 6-0 lead, but FSU came back to tie it and was
right into the game for the first six minutes. Trailing by a point at
13-12, the Seminoles scored just one basket over the next eight minutes
and allowed Duke to build a 31-14 advantage, but then FSU went on a
streak of its own, scoring the game’s next 13 straight to pull within
four. The Blue Devils responded, outscoring FSU 15-4 in the remaining
minutes of the half to take a 46-32 halftime lead.
FSU scored just six points in the first six minutes of the second half,
but committed eight fouls placing Duke in the bonus early. The Blue
Devils took advantage of the situation and built a lead of over 20
points with 16 minutes to play. With five minutes to go, Duke increased
its lead to 31. FSU’s Jen Robinson got hot from beyond the arc and hit
four treys in the remaining minutes to help the Tribe close out the game
on a 19-4 run. Duke shot 53 percent from the game, including 8-for-14
from three-point land. Fifty-two fouls were called in the game as three
FSU starters fouled out of the contest. Latavia Coleman led the team
with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
FSU VS. #8 NORTH CAROLINA
Led by junior forward Latavia Coleman’s
career-high 38 points, the Florida State women’s basketball team shot 58
percent from the field as the Seminoles took the No. 8 North Carolina
Tar Heels into overtime, before falling 112-101.
Florida State led the entire first half behind the hot shooting of
Coleman and sophomore Brooke Wyckoff who had 16 and 13 points,
respectively, in the first half. The Seminoles scored the game’s first
five points and built a lead of as many as 11 points at 35-24 with just
under six minutes to play in the first half. The Tar Heels, however,
went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes of the game and tied the
score at 38-38. The Tribe responded, scoring six straight points, but
went into the lockerroom up by just a point, 44-43.
In the second half, there were three more ties before North Carolina
took its first lead of the game at 53-52 with 17:49 to play. FSU would
fall behind by as many as seven, but would not quit. The Tribe fought
back as the