Dec. 6, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (4-3) sophomore Latavia Coleman scored
a game-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, but Florida
State fell 66-63 to Florida International (4-0) in the championship game of
the first annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic this afternoon at
Tully Gym. Georgia rebounded for a 97-61 victory over Charleston Southern
in the consolation game earlier in the day.
The Seminoles got off to a solid start behind junior Arleshia Davidson’s
strong 14 first-half points and led by as many as 12 points before going
into the lockerroom with a 34-28 halftime lead. In the second half,
Florida International tied the game four times before taking its first lead
at 49-46 with 10:23 to play. The Golden Panthers would not trail again and
pulled ahead by six with 3:36 to play. The Tribe pulled to within one with
just over a minute to play but couldn’t get a shot off and was forced to
foul. Lysa Moorefield also tallied double digits for FSU with 14 points.
In the consolation game, Georgia’s Coco Miller scored a tournament-high
45 points,including tying a Georgia school record with seven three
pointers. Charleston Southern led only once at 3-2 in the first minute of
the game and trailed 52-29 at halftime. UGA’s biggest lead of the game was
Coleman and Moorefield earned all-tournament team honors for FSU. The
rest of the team included Charleston Southern’s Crystal Carpenter,
Georgia’s Coco Miller and Florida International’s Dalma Ivanyi. FIU’s
Gergana Branzova was named the Classic’s Most Valuable Player.