November 23, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite 21 strong points from junior forward
Latavia Coleman, the Florida State Seminoles fell 75-62 to Florida
International in the 1998 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic
championship game. With the loss, FSU falls to an even 2-2 while the
Golden Panthers, who have now won two straight Seminole Classics, improve
to 4-1 on the young season.
The Tribe got things started by scoring the game’s first four
points and led for the first 10 minutes of the contest, but the FIU’s
uptempo play allowed the Golden Panthers to take the lead at 17-16 with
9:28 to play in the first half and they never trailed again. FIU went up by
nine points with four minutes remaining, but FSU closed out the half with a
6-1 rally and despite shooting 54 percent from the field, went into the
lockerroom trailing by four at 34-30.
Florida International took a quick double-figure lead in the second
half, outscoring FSU 11-5 to take a 45-35 advantage. The Golden Panthers
continued to run and took their largest lead of the game at 18 with just
over 10 minutes to play. FSU cut that lead in half twice, but could get no
closer than nine points before falling by 13.
Behind sophomore Brooke Wyckoff’s team-high 10 rebounds, the
Seminoles outrebounded FIU 36-30, but the squad was plagued by 21 turnovers
while FIU recorded 14 steals on the night.
“We gave up a lot of defense that you don’t usually see us give
up,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said, “and at times, I thought we were
careless on offense. FIU is a tremendous team and a very strong program.
We knew it was going to be a great fight and it was. I just felt that we
weren’t very patient and never really got into our rhythm offensively.”
Wyckoff added 14 points to her 10-rebound effort and joined Coleman
on the All-Tournament team. Florida International’s Zuzana Michalcova
tallied a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds and was named the Classic’s
Most Valuable Player. Teammate Dalma Ivanyi, who scored 20 points and had
six assists, also earned all-tournament team recognition. Rounding out the
All-Tournament Team were Rhonda Smith of Long Beach State and Alana Bader
from Kent State.
Florida State’s next game will be at Duke on Wednesday, December
2nd at 7 p.m.
1998 TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT
Alana Bader, Kent State
Rhonda Smith, Long Beach State
Latavia Coleman, Florida State
Dalma Ivanyi, Florida International
Brooke Wyckoff, Florida State
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Zuzana Michalcova, Florida International
Sunday, November 22
Florida International 79, Kent State 54
Florida State 94, Long Beach State 64
Monday, November 23
CONSOLATION: Kent State 86, Long Beach State 66
CHAMPIONSHIP: Florida International 75, Florida State 62