Jan. 6, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State came from 12 down and trailed by just
two points with 23.1 seconds to play, but the Seminoles fell 62-58 to No. 3
NC State in Atlantic Coast Conference action Thursday night at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Florida State’s April Traylor led all
players with 23 points. The Wolfpack remains perfect at 13-0 overall and
4-0 in the ACC while FSU falls to 7-5 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The Seminoles played patient ball in the first half. NC State got on the
board first, but Florida State stayed right with the country’s third-ranked
team for the first 10 minutes of the game and took a 15-14 lead with just
over 10 minutes to go in the first half. The Wolfpack responded with a 6-0
run to take their largest lead at that point at 20-15 with 6:40 remaining.
The Tribe did not get rattled and fought back to tie the game at 20-20. The
remaining 4:28 of the half saw both teams go on streaks. It was NC State’s
turn first as the Wolfpack built a 27-20 advantage on seven straight points.
The Tribe closed out the half with their own 7-0 run and tied the game at
27-27 at the break. FSU had the advantage in nearly every statistical
category, including 19-13 in rebounding. The Seminoles had the edge in
shooting, 37 to 31 percent. April Traylor led FSU with nine points while
Brooke Wyckoff had seven boards. NC State’s Tynesha Lewis led the way with
seven points and Summer Erb had three rebounds.
The first three minutes of the second half saw two ties and two leads
changes and then the Wolfpack made a run. With the score tied at 31-31, NC
State rallied for seven straight points to go up 39-31 at the 15:51 mark.
FSU pulled to within 40-38 three minutes later, but allowed the Wolfpack to
score the game’s next 10 and fell behind by 12 — NC State’s largest
advantage. The Wolfpack would find out that no lead is big enough as
Traylor practically took over for the Seminoles and scored nine of her
game-high 23 to help cut the NC State lead to just two at 54-52 with 4:39
remaining. The Tribe would tie the game at 56-56 with 2:15 to play and
58-58 a minute later. With 47 seconds to go and trailing 60-58, FSU’s Angela
Sutton missed two free throws to tie the game. The Seminoles had another
opportunity to tie with 20 seconds to play, but the Wolfpack forced a
turnover. FSU had to foul and NC State hit two free throws for the
NC State had three players score in double figures with both Kaayla Chones
and Tynesa Lewis scoring 17 points. Chones also led the Wolfpack with eight
“Florida State came out and played a really great game and played really
hard,” NC State Head Coach Kay Yow said. “I know they (the Seminoles) are
coming off a disappointing loss at Wake Forest on Monday. We were in the
opposite situation, coming off an emotional win over an arch-rival. I
thought when the game started, FSU was a lot more ready than we were. The
FSU coaches did a great job in preparation for this game. FSU outrebounded
us — which may be the first time this season, which just shows the kind of
effort and hustled they had. ACC competition is hard on the road and I feel
very fortunate to come out of here with a win.”
Aside from Traylor, Wyckoff was the only other FSU player to score in
double figures. She had 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for her first
double-double of the season. FSU outrebounded NC State, 33-30.
“I’m really proud of this team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “To be in
a position to beat the 3rd-ranked team in the country shows the strides that
we’ve made. But we’re certainly not satisfied. NC State is a great
basketball team. They have size, speed, experience — everything they need
to be successful.”
FSU will host Virginia on Sunday, January 9th at 2 p.m. while NC State will
host Maryland on Sunday.