Jan. 5, 2001
ATLANTA, Ga. – With 2.2 seconds left on the clock, junior April Traylor hit two free throws to give the Florida State women’s basketball team a dramatic 66-65 win over Georgia Tech Friday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Traylor led all scorers with 19 points as the Seminoles won their sixth straight, improved to 10-2 overall and went to 2-0 in the ACC. Georgia Tech fell to 9-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.
“Poise and under pressure is obviously what we all talked about with all of our close games last year and how our experience would play into that this year,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I think we’ve learned some things. Everybody had the ultimate confidence in April and she stepped up and hit two big free throws. The rebounding of Brooke Wyckoff and the difference maker that she was and Lakesha Springle did a good job of recognizing and running the offense for us.”
Despite the Seminoles leading by as many as 12 points, the score was knotted at 35-35 at halftime. FSU never trailed and built a solid 10-point lead at 20-10 at the 10:44 mark. On three different occasions, the Tribe built leads of 12 points. The last was a 28-16 advantage with just under six minutes to go, but the Yellow Jackets scored eight unanswered points to pull within four at 28-24. Milli Martinez tied the game at the buzzer. Katelyn Vujas led the Tribe with 14 points as the team shot 45 percent from the field and had the rebounding edge at 22-18. Levys Torres got in early foul trouble and didn’t play the last 11 minutes of the half and was held scoreless while FSU leading scorer Brooke Wyckoff has just four points and four rebounds.
Georgia Tech scored first in the second half to take its first lead of the game and led again 41-39. But the Seminoles responded. With the score tied at 44-44, FSU ran off six unanswered to go ahead 50-44 and went on to build a 53-46 advantage. Georgia Tech pulled to within a bucket at 53-51 at the 9:04 mark. Shinikki Whiting got hot and scored the FSU’s next six points and the Tribe led 59-53. The Noles maintained a small lead until the final minute of the game. Trailing 64-60, the Yellow Jackets’ Martinez hit a three pointer with 56 seconds left and when the Seminoles didn’t respond, Georgia Tech went for the lead and got it on a lay up from Alex Stewart with 16 seconds remaining. FSU called a timeout with 12.8 seconds on the clock. When play resumed, Traylor was called for a carry and Tech got the ball back with 4.9 left. After a FSU timeout, Wyckoff fouled but it was only FSU’s sixth foul. On Georgia Tech’s next inbounds play, Tami Boatner threw the ball too far and Torres retrieved it and quickly passed it to Traylor drove to the basket and was fouled and hit her free throws. Stewart’s layup at the buzzer rolled off the rim and the Tribe got the victory.
“We shot the ball well again, was good from the free throw line and held our opponent to under 40 percent shooting tonight,” Semrau said. “I think our defense has really made a difference this year. I’m just really proud of them.”
Vujas and Wyckoff each scored 14 for FSU while Whiting added 10 points. Wyckoff had a double-double, adding a game-high 10 rebounds. FSU shot 43 percent for the game and outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 44-38.
Milli Martinez led Tech with 16 points and nine rebounds.
FSU will host No. 5 Duke on Monday, January 8th at the Leon County Civic Center.