Feb. 24, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team fought back from a 14-point second half deficit to pull within a point with under three minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough as Virginia topped the Seminoles, 57-54, in the regular-season finale Sunday afternoon at the Leon County Civic Center. FSU, now 13-14 overall and 4-12 in the ACC, was led by senior April Traylor’s game-high 15 points. UVA improved to 16-11 overall and 9-7 in league play.
“This was a very, very disappointing loss for us,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I like the energy that we brought into the second half, but we gave up baskets at critical times and we just didn’t shoot the ball well. That’s something that has really plagued us recently. I know that we work on it a lot and at the same time, we try to keep our legs fresh but still be prepared for what we want to do. Virginia played a great basketball game and played very good defense. Unfortunately, the shots that we got just didn’t fall.”
There were three ties in the first seven minutes of the game. FSU regained the lead at 11-9 but the Cavaliers’ Anna Crosswhite answered with one of her two first half three-pointers starting a 13-2 UVA run. Trailing again by nine at 24-15, the Seminoles pulled to within five with 3:24 remaining, but then scored just two points the rest of the half. Virginia’s biggest lead was 11 points and the Cavs went into the locker room leading 30-21 at halftime. Sophomore Lauren Bradley led FSU with eight first half points while Crosswhite had eight for the Cavaliers. Neither team shot well as Virginia shot 33 percent and FSU went 29 percent from the field, but the Cavs had a 24-12 rebounding advantage.
Virginia opened the second half with a 7-2 run to take its largest lead of 14 points at 37-23 with 17:22 left in the game. The Seminoles battled to score seven unanswered points of their own to pull within seven with 16:11 on the clock but Virginia responded. Twice over the next three minutes of the contest, UVA built leads of 13 points. Down 51-40 with just under 10 to play, the Seminoles made their run. FSU scored nine straight points to get within two and then after Virginia went back up by five, Bradley hit two free throws and a lay up to pull the Tribe to within a point at 54-53 with 2:46 remaining. Virginia’s Brandi Teamer, who was held to well below her 15 point per game average with nine, hit a free throw and a lay up down the stretch for the win. FSU’s efforts to hit a three-pointer at the end of the game were not successful.
FSU shot a much-improved 42 percent in the second half. Bradley and freshman Genesis Choice joined Traylor in double figures with 13 apiece. Three different players recorded five rebounds to lead the way. FSU’s 72-game streak of hitting at least one three-point shot was snapped as the Tribe went 0-10 from beyond the arc.
Crosswhite led UVA with 12 points while Anna Prillaman added 10 points. UVA had a 38-33 rebounding edge.