Jan. 16, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles had no trouble ending
their four-game losing streak and improving to 8-7 overall, 1-4 in the ACC
today with a convincing 93-64 victory over Georgia Tech (10-6, 3-4), who
was coming off an upset of No. 12 North Carolina, 55-44, at home on
Thursday. FSU’s April Traylor led the scoring with 22 points and eight
assists in the 29-point win. Regina Tate led Georgia Tech with 16 points,
tying her season-high mark.
“This has been a long time coming for us,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said.
“I have every confidence in this team and today we put it all together.
Our young players, I am so impressed with how they’re doing. They keep
getting better and better. Everyone played their role today.”
Georgia Tech opened the scoring on a Jaime Kruppa three-pointer 1:44 into
the game, but the Seminoles responded with a Traylor lay-up and a Katelyn
Vujas free throw to tie the game at 3-3 with 16:52 remaining. Brooke
Wyckoff’s trey gave the Noles the lead for the remainder of not only the
half, but the game. The Yellow Jackets closed their deficit to one at 6-5
on Kruppa’s two free throws with 15:51 remaining, but that would be the
closest they came to the Tribe. Molly Beal’s three-pointer at 10:34 put the
Noles ahead by nine at 23-14 and began a 7-1 run for the Noles to put them
ahead with their largest lead of the half at 30-15 with 5:11 remaining. The
Yellow Jackets Candice McCallum put in two free throws to close the lead to
13, but Traylor responded with a driving lay-up to bring back the 15 point
lead at 32-17 with 4:39 remaining. The rattled Yellow Jackets scored 12
points to FSU’s seven before the half, but were unable to catch the Noles.
Tate put them within seven points twice before the half, at 34-27 with 1:09
remaining and again at 36-29 with 0:43 remaining, but Beal responded with
another trey 22 seconds before the half to seal the lead at 39-29. FSU led
in all categories, including a shooting percentage of 52 percent. Traylor
led with 10 points and six assists while Levys Torres grabbed five rebounds
for the Tribe. Kruppa led the Yellow Jackets with nine points on the half.
She also notched four of four free throw’s on the Yellow Jacket’s 10 of 12
performance from the line.
Second half action looked a lot like the first, with FSU large and in
charge and the Yellow Jackets playing a game of catch up. The Noles
finished the game with their largest lead of the game, 29 points, on a
Lakesha Springle lay-up. The Yellow Jackets were able to close the lead to
10 points once at 45-35 on a Tate lay-up with 17:53 remaining, but the Noles
ensured that the score would never be closer, scoring 48 points to the
Yellow Jacket’s 29 during the remainder of the game. They improved their
lead to 19 on an Angela Sutton jumper at 59-40 with 12:26 remaining and
repeated the feat four times before going up by 24 on Vujas’ free throw with
4:28 remaining for a 76-52 score. Lako Brown’s trey with 1:46 left put the
Noles ahead by 27 at 85-58, a margin they would maintain two more times.
Every Seminole player saw action with 10 of 12 players putting points on the
board. Five Seminoles in all tallied double figures. Traylor’s eight
assists doubled her four turnovers as the sophomore led the team for 35
minutes of play. The Noles finished the game with a 55.2 shooting
percentage on 37 of 67 from the floor.
“Compliments to FSU,” Georgia Tech’s Agnus Berenato said. “They played
great and I’m not surprised. They were ready to break or break out. Every
team in the ACC is scared of them and it just happened to be us that got it.
I am proud of our post players. Regina Tate has been struggling and she
broke out today.”
Florida State will play at North Carolina on Thursday, January 20 at 7:00
p.m. and will be at home again next Monday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the
Duke Blue Devils. Georgia Tech will host Georgia on Thursday, January 20 at