Dec. 5, 2001
ATLANTA, Ga. — Senior April Traylor led all scorers with 26 points as
Florida State improved to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC with an 87-78 win
over Georgia Tech (4-3, 0-1) Thursday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Sophomore Tasheika Morris added 20 points for the Seminoles. The win gave
FSU five straight wins over the Yellow Jackets.
“To open the ACC with a road win is a nice start for this team,” FSU Head
Coach Sue Semrau said. “Our youth is starting to blend with our veteran
players and we’re shooting the ball really well. To shoot 50 percent on the
road, 83 percent from the three-point line just shows a lot of focus and a
lot of concentration. Georgia Tech did a tremendous job on the boards.
They took advantage of us there and we can learn from it.”
FSU jumped to an early lead and built a 21-11 advantage at the 12:21 mark
behind 10 solid points from Traylor and led the entire half before going
into the locker room with a 43-37 advantage. FSU’s largest lead was 15
points at 31-16 with just under eight minutes to play. Tech pulled to
within single digits with a bucket at the 3:46 mark, making the score 38-29.
FSU scored just eight points in the final 4:38 of the half. Florida State
had a strong half from the field, shooting 55 percent, including a perfect
6-for-6 from three-point land. Traylor and Tasheika Morris each had 12
points to lead the Seminoles while Shinikki Whiting, who is leading the ACC
in scoring, had just two points at the break. Georgia Tech shot 47 percent
and had the rebounding edge, 16-11.
Traylor again had the hot hand to open the second half and scored FSU’s
first six points to give the Tribe a 49-37 lead at the 18:55 mark. Then the
Seminoles hit a dry spell and didn’t score for over five minutes while the
Yellow Jackets went on a 12-0 run to force a tie at 49-49 with 13:55
remaining. FSU regained the lead at 51-49 at the 13:30 mark and Tech forced
another tie at 51-51. Then the Seminoles went to work and ran off 12 of the
game’s next 14 points to take a 65-53 lead with 7:40 left to play. FSU
would not trail again. The Tribe’s biggest lead of the half was 14 points
twice within the final three minutes of the game. Tech fouled down the
stretch but could get no closer than seven points.
“April had a tremendous game in almost every aspect,” Semrau said. “The way
she shot the basketball, passed the ball well, rebounded … her focus was
excellent coming into the game.”
Florida State shot 50 percent for the game from the field and went 10-for-12
from the three point line. Tech shot 47 percent for the game and dominated
the boards, 40-25. Senior Petra Hofmann, who got the
start at point guard, scored a career-high 12 points while Whiting added 11
points and five assists. Traylor also led the squad with seven rebounds and
had five assists in 34 minutes of play.
Georgia Tech was led by Regina Tate’s 17 points as five Yellow Jackets
tallied double figures.
FSU will host Jacksonville on Friday, December 7th at 7 p.m. at the Leon
County Civic Center.