December 19, 1998
FULLERTON, Calif. – Four Seminoles scored in double figures, led
by Latavia Coleman’s game-high 28 points, as Florida State improved to 4-5
with a 84-73 victory over Cal State Fullerton this afternoon at Titan
Gymnasium. With the loss, the Titans fall to 2-6 on the year.
The Seminoles trailed 6-0 to open the game, but scored seven
straight to go ahead by a point and allowed CS Fullerton to lead just once
more as the Titans scored the next basket. FSU led by as many as nine at
33-24 with 6:27 to play, but Cal State pulled to within a point at 33-32 as
the Seminoles failed to score for nearly five minutes. Two baskets in the
half’s final 1:33 gave FSU a slim 37-34 halftime advantage. Tweny-nine
turnovers between the two teams were called in the first half, but FSU
outrebounded the Titans 18-14.
In the second half, Cal State Fullerton pulled to within a point
again before the Seminoles went to work. FSU went on an 18-4 spurt, giving
them a 15-point lead, its largest of the game and the Seminoles gained
control of the contest. The Titans pulled to within nine on three
separate occassions, but could get no closer.
Tamara Gracey scored 14 points while Jen Robinson and Brooke
Wyckoff added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Gracey led the way with nine
rebounds. FSU outrebounded the Titans 34-27 and thanks to 63 percent
shooting in the second half, shot .530 for game.
“I am proud of the way we responded today,” FSU Head Coach Sue
Semrau said. “It was a physical game and I thought we handled the pressure
well. The players also did a much better job on the boards.”
The Seminoles, who went 1-1 on their West Coast roadtrip, return
home to host Western Carolina on Monday, December 21st at 7 p.m.