January 14, 2001 - by
Women’s Basketball Falls 79-69 At Wake Forest

Jan. 14, 2001





Box Score



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Florida State junior April Traylor had 23
points, but the women’s basketball team fell 79-69 to Wake Forest,
Sunday afternoon at Joel Coliseum. The Seminoles went to 11-4 overall
and 3-2 in ACC play while the Demon Deacons improved to 9-7 overall and
2-4 in the league.

“Wake Forest played a great game,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said.
“They shot the ball extremely well. (Kristen) Shaffer was 3-for-16 on
the year from the three-point line and goes 5-for-5 today. I thought
that was really a big part of the game. Olivia Dardy’s play was really
pivotal for them as well. I didn’t feel like we got into much of a
defensive or offensive sync. It wasn’t the same team that we’ve been
and we need to be good when we go on the road in the ACC. Credit Wake
Forest for taking us out of our game. I really felt like with our
experience, we’ve gotten to a point where that wouldn’t happen and I’m
disappointed today that it did.”

The Seminoles were out of sync offensively in the first half and trailed
41-27 at halftime. April Traylor hit a three-pointer to start things
off and the Tribe would lead 5-3 at the 19:08 mark, but the Demon
Deacons scored seven unanswered points to pull ahead 10-5 with 15:55 on
the clock and led the rest of the game. Wake Forest went up double
digits at 23-13 and maintained a comfortable lead. The Tribe pulled to
within eight points at 27-19 with just over seven minutes to play, but
then quickly went down 13. Trailing 34-20, the Noles went on a run,
scoring five unanswered points to pull within nine at 34-25. FSU would
score just one more time in the final three minutes of the half while
the Deacs ran off seven for the 14-point lead. Traylor was the only FSU
highlight of the half. She scored 11 points, but committed a team-high
five turnovers. The Tribe shot a dismal 29 percent from field and were
outrebounded 21-18. Wake shot 40 percent from the field and connected
on four-of-six three-pointers.

In the second half, FSU leading scorer Brooke Wyckoff, who was held to
just five points in the first half all on free throws, got into the
action. After Wake opened play with a three-pointer to go up 17, the
senior hit FSU’s first two buckets and seven of the Noles first 11
points of the second half. The Seminoles pulled to within eight at
50-42 at the 11:37 mark after scoring seven straight points. But the
persistent Deacons rebuilt a 15-point advantage. Then it was FSU’s
turn. Down 57-42, Florida State scored the game’s next 12 points to get
to within three at 57-54 with 6:10 remaining. Katelyn Vujas was
instrumental in the run, scoring six points. Wake Forest’s Kristen
Shaffer, though, would not have it. With the score 59-54, Shaffer hit
back-to-back threes to put the Deacs up by 11. This time, the Seminoles
could not recover. Shaffer scored a game-high and career-high 26
points, including five-for-five from three-point land.

Wyckoff finished the game with 19 points and a team-high 13 rebounds
for her second double-double of the year. Vujas added 10 points while
Levys Torres had 10 rebounds. FSU shot just 35 percent from the field
and the rebounds were locked at 41 apiece. For Wake Forest, Olivia
Dardy and Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick joined Shaffer in the double-figure
department with 17 and 13 points, respectively. The Deacs shot 45
percent from the field, but more impressively, were 62 percent (8-13)
from beyond the arc.

The Seminoles will host North Carolina on Thursday, January 18th at 7
p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

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