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Dec. 3, 1997

FSU Falls to #23 NC State in ACC Opener

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Florida State women’s basketball team (3-2, 0-1) fell
72-60 to #23 North Carolina State (7-0, 1-0) in the Atlantic Coast
Conference opener for both schools tonight at Reynolds Coliseum, but the
Seminoles didn’t go down without a fight. After falling behind by as many
as 29 points early in the second half, a 12-point run allowed the Seminoles
to get back into the game as the Tribe pulled to within eight points twice
with 3:20 and 2:00 left in the game. Senior Lysa Moorefield’s 15 strong
second half points led the Seminole resurgence.

“I’m proud of the way that our kids didn’t quit,” FSU head coach Sue
Semrau said. “They fought back and I think overcame a mental barrier
tonight. It’s going to take some time and we’re going to have to take
things step by step.”

The Seminoles shot 45 percent in the first half but attempted just 20
shots while committing 23 turnovers. The scoring started slow for both
teams, but thanks to 4-of-5 shooting from three point range, the Wolfpack
pulled ahead. Florida State scored just four points in the final 7:30 of
the half and attempted just one free throw and one three-pointer and found
themselves down 42-20.

It looked like much of the same in the second half as FSU trailed by 27 at
62-35 with 7:57 to play. Following a timeout, FSU held NC State scoreless
until the 5:41 mark and pulled to within 15 at 62-47. The Wolfpack scored
on their next possession to go back
up by 17 but FSU scored the next nine points on Latavia Coleman’s put back
and two free throws, Moorefield’s two free throws and Wendy Hampton’s only
three-pointer of the game.

Florida State was led by Coleman’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. It is
Coleman’s, the ACC’s leading scorer, third double-double of the season.
Wyckoff, the league’s leading rebounder grabbed 10 boards in the effort.
FSU took care of the ball in the second half, committing just six turnovers
in the final 20 minutes. NC State was led by Nailah Wallace’s 18 points.

The Tribe will host Charleston Southern at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at
Tully Gym in first-round action of the first annual Tallahassee Democrat
Seminole Classic.


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