“I am just proud of my team – especially their second half effort,” Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We asked them to try to go for a 50-rebound kind of night and Levys Torres took it upon herself to make sure that happened and had an absolutely amazing game. I’ve never witnessed anyone getting 24 rebounds in a game before. She did anything and everything to get a rebound tonight.”
The Seminoles shot 58 percent in the first half on their way to a 33-17 halftime advantage. Brooke Wyckoff paced the Tribe with eight points, but it was Torres who worked both ends of the court with seven points and 12 rebounds – tying her career high.
The Seminoles never trailed and held a 24-17 advantage in rebounds. With the score 9-7, FSU ran off six straight points and 12 of the next 16 to take a 10-point lead at 21-11 with 4:46 to play. FSU’s biggest lead of the half was 18 points. Ten players saw action in the first 20 minutes – including Molly Beal who enjoyed her first minutes of the season after undergoing a knee scope in the preseason.
The Tribe scored the first six points of the second half to go up by 23 and never looked back. FSU went up by 30 at 55-25 and led by at least that many the rest of the way. The Seminoles largest lead was 46 points at 78-32 with 5:30 remaining. In another outstanding offensive effort, FSU shot 52 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game. Defensively, the Seminoles held Coppin State to just 29 percent shooting for the game and outrebounded the Lady Eagles 51-37.
In addition to Torres, three other Noles tallied double figures. Sophomore Shinikki Whiting had a season high with 16 points while Wyckoff and Katelyn Vujas added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Junior April Traylor led the way with six assists while senior Lako Brown grabbed a career-high six rebounds to go with her four points.
For Coppin State, Kiesha Brooks led the way with 22 points and six rebounds.
The Seminoles open ACC play on Saturday, December 30th when they host No. 13 NC State at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.