Dec. 10, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
(By Bill Baker, FSU Sports Information)
The Florida State women’s basketball team earned another victory at home as four players scored in double digits against the Mercer Bears, winning 69-43, Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles improved their season record to 5-2 while the Bears drop to 1-7.
“I think after an eight-day layoff, I’m pleased with most of the things we did out there,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We still need to do a better job on the boards, but we still haven’t been outrebounded since the Florida game. I felt like we should have outrebounded them by a bigger margin.”
Mercer’s April Dyer scored the first basket of the game giving the Bears the only lead they would see in the game. Senior Levys Torres tied the game with 18:16 in the half after a basket in the paint assisted by April Traylor. Senior Brook Wyckoff followed up that basket with a steal and a fast-break lay-up. The Bears would later tie the game at four with 17:34 left in the half after a pair of free throws by Dyer.
The Tribe then shut down the Bears and scored 15 consecutive points after Mercer closed in at 10-8 with 13:49 in the half. The Bears would not score another point until the 5:26 mark. The scoring drive was sparked by Shinikki Whiting who scored five consecutive points after making a break away basket off a Petra Hofmann steal and then sending in a three-pointer. Sophomore Katelyn Vujas contributed four points during the drive.
However, the 15 point lead would not be the largest the Seminoles would see in the first half. Twice they led the Bears by 16 — once at the 2:58 mark with a score of 30-14 and at the end of half with a score of 36-20. Vujas led the Noles in scoring at the half with nine and Mercer’s Dyer led all scorers with 11. Mercer had a 16-15 rebound advantage, however the Bears committed 12 turnovers to FSU’s five.
The second half started off much like the first half ended. The Tribe went on a 15-4 run ignited by a Wyckoff three-pointer. The scoring run, in which six Seminoles contributed, ended at the 11:01 mark giving the Noles a 51-24 lead.
The Seminoles would see their biggest lead of the game, 28 points, twice in the second half. First, after Whiting’s fast break lay-up at the 6:51 mark to put the score at 61-33, and near the end of the game with :13 remaining after Traylor’s breakaway lay-up to make it 69-41.
The Tribe took advantage of 23 Mercer turnovers by scoring 26 points. They also flourished at the charity stripe, hitting 14 of 19 attempts for a shooting percentage of 73 percent. Traylor led all FSU scorers with 16 points and added seven assists. Vujas added 13 points of her own while Wyckoff and Whiting both contributed 10. Torres led all Seminoles in rebounds with nine and Wyckoff added six as the Tribe out hustled the Bears on the boards, 33-29.
“Mercer came in ready to play and they took advantage of their speed in the post,” Semrau said. “We had far too many fouls in this game and we’ll continue to work on that. If we can continue to work on these things when we win by a large margin, it will only help us down the stretch.”
Next on tap for the Seminoles is a road trip to New York to face St. Francis on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. and Fordham on Tuesday the 19th at 7:00 p.m.