Jan. 21, 2001
CLEMSON, S.C. – Four Seminoles scored in double figures, but the Florida State women’s basketball team dropped its third straight game with a 79-66 loss to No. 20 Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday afternoon. FSU fell to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in the ACC while Clemson improves to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in league play.
“Clemson’s full court press took us out of our game in the first half,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously, having Brooke (Wyckoff) on the bench for the majority of the first half was critical. We are really beginning to see how Lauren Bradley’s loss this year can affect us when we get in foul trouble. I thought Katelyn (Vujas) and Levys (Torres) did a great job for us on the boards and holding Erin Batth to just five points.”
The Seminoles missed shots on three of their four trips down the floor while Clemson’s Nuria Forns hit the Tigers’ first three buckets. Down 6-0, FSU’s Katelyn Vujas finally scored at the 17:14 mark and then the Seminoles came alive, scoring eight of the game’s next 10 points to take a 10-8 lead on two free throws by Shinikki Whiting. What followed was six lead changes and two ties until the Tigers took the lead for good on a three-point play by Forns at the 7:42 mark, making the score 20-17.
When the Seminoles failed to convert with the score 24-21, the Tigers took advantage and ran off 12 straight points to pull ahead by 15 at 35-21 with 1:27 to play. FSU managed just four points in the final 5:49 of the half and trailed 38-25 at the break.
Vujas led the Tribe with 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half while Levys Torres also had seven boards. Brooke Wyckoff, who scored four of the team’s first eight points, picked up two early fouls and sat the bench for the remaining 13:45 of the half. Clemson had balanced scoring, but Forns led the way with nine points while Erin Batth had seven rebounds. Both teams shot 41 percent from the field and rebounds were even at 21 apiece, but the Seminoles committed 15 turnovers to the Tigers seven.
The Tribe opened the half with solid offensive production and scored the first five points to pull within eight at 38-30 at the 17:43 mark. FSU got within five points at 45-39 as Whiting scored five straight points, including the Noles first trey of the game, at the 14:12 mark. But the Tigers kept on the pressure and again went up by double digits at 55-45 with 10:47 to play and led by at least that much the rest of the way. Whiting had a chance to get the Tribe within nine with a drive to the basket and a foul. With the score 59-49, Whiting missed the free throw and then Clemson went on a run. The Tigers scored 15 of the game’s next 16 points, including 11 straight, to take their largest lead of 25 at 75-50 with 3:18 remaining. The Tribe ran off 11 straight of their own, led by April Traylor’s eight, and outscored Clemson 16-4 in the final three minutes of the game.
Traylor led the Seminoles with 18 points while Vujas recorded her third double-double of the year with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Whiting and Wyckoff contributed double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Torres also recorded 14 rebounds. FSU committed a season-high 27 turnovers in the game. Clemson led the Noles in shooting at 43 to 41 percent, but the Tribe had the rebounding edge at 44-43. The Tigers were led by Chrissy Floyd’s 21 points while Batth had 13 boards.
FSU will host Virginia on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Sunshine Network.