Feb. 1, 2001
CINCINNATI, Ohio – In a game that saw nine ties and 16 lead changes, Levy Torres tied her season-high with 24 points and added 13 rebounds and April Traylor had 20 points, but the Florida State women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker to No. 15 Xavier, 75-72, at the Cintas Center Thursday night. With the loss, FSU went to 12-8 while the Musketeers improved to 18-2 on the year.
“Xavier shot very well from the free throw line,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “They got to the line 31 times to our 15. That makes it tough to win on the road. But our kids played their hearts out and I was very proud of their effort and intensity tonight.”
Xavier took a 37-35 halftime lead, but the Seminoles led most of the first half. After falling behind 6-2 early, the Seminoles rallied for the lead. The half was very close as there were seven ties and four lead changes. FSU’s biggest lead was four points while Xavier’s biggest advantage was six points. Torres and Traylor paced the Tribe with 14 and 12 points, respectively. The Musketeers shot 52 percent from the field, but the Seminoles, who shot 40 percent from the field, had the rebounding edge 21-15.
Brooke Wyckoff, who finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds, gave her hometown fans something to cheer about in the opening minutes of the second half when she scored seven of FSU’s first nine points. There were four lead changes in the first three minutes of the second half, but the Seminoles took a 44-42 lead on a Wyckoff layup at the 16:50 mark and led until 5:12 left in the game. The Tribe had its largest lead at 58-50 at 12:03. Trailing 63-56 with 9:20 remaining, the Musketeers outscored the Seminoles 12-4 to take a 68-67 lead, but Torres answered giving the Tribe its last lead of the game at 69-68. Five of Xavier’s final seven points were on free throws and the Musketeers pulled out the win. At one point in the second half, the fouls were seven to one and Xavier shot 16 more free throws than FSU for the game. Both Torres and Katelyn Vujas, who had eight points and five boards, fouled out of the contest. Traylor led the team with five assists and a career-high eight steals while she had just three turnovers in 39 minutes of action.
“It was great to come back home and get that kind of support,” Wyckoff said. “Obviously, the homecoming would have been better if we had won, but it was a great game. We need to turn our focus now to the ACC.”
FSU shot 44 percent for the game and outrebounded Xavier 38-31. The Musketeers, who were led by Jennifer Phillips’ 29 points, shot 51 percent.
Florida State will host Georgia Tech on Monday, February 5th at 7 p.m.