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Women’s Basketball Falls to Gators

February 12, 1999

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Freshman guard April Traylor led all scorers
with a career-high 29 points as four Seminoles scored in double figures,
but the Florida Gators topped FSU 106-89 at the O’Connell Center. FSU
falls to 6-15 while UF improves to 18-9 on the year.

Florida jumped to an early lead, scoring 11 of the game’s first 15
points and had a double-digit lead at 20-9 just five minutes into the
contest. But behind the aggressive play of Traylor, who had 16 first half
points, Florida State came storming back. Trailing again by 11 at 26-15 at
the 11:38 mark, the Tribe went on a 22-11 run and tied the contest at 37-37
with just over four minutes left in the first half. The Seminoles turnover
over the ball on its next possession and Traylor missed two free throws to
take the lead and then the Gators ran off eight straight points. FSU
scored just three points in the remainder of the half and trailed 55-40 at
the half.

Fouls became a factor in the second half as both teams were in the
bonus early and the Gators controlled the rebounding for much of the game,
finishing the game with a 52-33 advantage. The Seminoles’ Brooke Wyckoff,
who finished the game with 18 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds, opened
the half with a layup to cut the UF lead to 13, but the Tribe would get no
closer. FSU’s Traylor was held to just two field goals in the second half,
but made 14 trips to the free throw line for an FSU record 22 free throw
attempts. She went just 50 percent from the charity stripe (11-22), but
added five assists to her scoring effort. Jen Robinson again scored in
double figures for FSU with 16 while Tamara Gracey’s 12 second half points
gave her 16 for the game.

For UF, Tiffany Travis led the way with 26 points as four Gators
tallied double figures.

“You have to give a whole lot of credit to Florida,” FSU Head Coach
Sue Semrau said. “They scored a lot of points. I don’t think either team
was probably pleased with their defense, but I think that’s a typical
FSU/UF game — a lot of points scored. I thought April (Traylor) played a
great offensive game. She’s not only a great talent, but she has a lot of
heart and drive and I think you saw that tonight.”

FSU will play next at Wake Forest on Monday, February 15th at 7 p.m.

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