Nov. 22, 1999
TAMPA, Fla. – Despite 21 strong points from senior Forward Latavia Coleman,
the Seminoles fell 84-74 to South Florida Monday night at the Sun Dome.
The win was the first for USF over the Seminoles since the 1977-78
season. FSU had won 21 consecutive in the series and brought a 32-2
series lead into the game. With the loss, FSU falls to 1-1 on the year
while USF improves to 2-0.
“I want to congratulate USF,” said FSU coach Sue Semrau. “They played a
really hard-fought game. I thought defensively they came out and played
active defense. They took it right at us. You could tell the experience
that they have and the inexperience that we have.
“Monica Echeverria, I thought she was very aggressive, not only
offensively but she went to the boards very well. I thought that she and
the way that Shannon Layne shot the basketball were the difference in
Monica Echeverria and Shannon Layne scored 21 and 20 points,
respectively, to lead the upset. Echeverria, a two-time junior college
All-American at Florida Commmunity College, was 8-of-10 from the field
and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Layne’s night included 3-of-5
shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Denetrice Stinson and Charmain
Leslie joined the pair in double figures with 15 and 13 points,
USF moved out in front early using six points from Leslie to build a
16-6 lead with 13:30 left in the first half. The Bulls enjoyed a
comfortable cushion throughout the half due mainly to 51.6 percent
shooting from the field and 15 FSU turnovers. USF led by as many as 15
at 36-21 when Layne hit a three-pointer with 3:59 left.
“I think it had a lot to do with the fact that we had not beaten them
since 1978 — since my second year at Southern Baptist College,” said
Winters. “It is unbelievable that that has happened to this program.
Tonight we might have earned a little bit of respect across the state of
Florida. This might have sent a little bit of a message that we’re here.
“Without a doubt I thought we were ready. We thought we were ready
after the shoot-around today because we felt totally prepared for this
team. We knew a lot about their offenses and defenses.”
FSU, 1-1, closed the half with field goals from April Traylor and
Latavia Coleman to pull within 40-29 at intermission.
The Seminoles came back in the second half and a Katelyn Vujas jumper at
14:34 cut USF’s advantage to four at 48-44. Layne scored five
consecutive points including a three-pointer with 11:39 left to return
the lead back to double digits. Leslie’s layup capped a 7-0 run and USF
led 59-47. But FSU came back again and a three-pointer from Vanessa
Fuchs cut the deficit to 74-70 with 2:32 left. The Bulls hit 8-of-10
free throws in the final 1:58 to seal the win.
Coleman was the only Seminole in double figures as Traylor had nine
points and Lauren Bradley added nine.
Florida State will host UT-Chattanooga on Friday, November at 8 p.m., in
the first round of the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.