Jan. 24, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla – Senior Levys Torres hit the game-winning shot on her own offensive rebound with 0.2 seconds left in the game to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 60-58 victory over No. 24 Virginia Wednesday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Torres led FSU with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The win, which was FSU’s first ever over the Cavaliers, moved the Seminoles to 12-6 overall and 4-4 in the ACC while UVA falls to 13-8 and 4-4 in league play.
“It was a pretty big win for us obviously,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “It wasn’t just any other game…to get over the hump against this team is big for Florida State.”
The first half saw both teams play sluggish as the Seminoles and Cavaliers combined for a total of 25 turnovers and shot 27 percent from the field. The Seminoles started the game missing shots on four of their first five trips down the floor until Torres stole the ball and ignited the Seminoles on a mini run which gave FSU a 6-4 lead on two Brooke Wyckoff free throws at the 16:11 mark. With 12:10 on the clock, the Seminoles, led by Katelyn Vujas‘ 11 points, went on a 15-4 run the rest of the half and led 25-19 at the break. The Seminole defense held the Cavaliers to just one field goal in the half’s final 12 minutes and FSU outrebounded UVA 27-21. Virginia was led Schuye LaRue’s eight points and five rebounds.
The Seminoles came out intense on defense in the second half. Sophomore Shinikki Whiting sparked the Seminoles with two three pointers early in the second. April Traylor pushed her game up a notch with a three-point play with 8:30 remaining in the second half giving the Seminoles a four-point cushion at 46-42. Virginia took its first lead of the second half at 49-48 at the 7:05 mark and what followed were two ties and seven lead changes. The Seminoles and the Cavaliers battled back and forth until Chelsea Whitaker scored at the 1:11 mark to give UVA a 58-57 lead. After a missed FSU shot, Whitaker took the defensive rebound with 50 seconds remaining. The Cavs ran down the clock to 18 seconds when LaRue turned over the ball, giving the Tribe a chance for the win.
Vujas finished the game with 14 points and nine rebounds while Whiting, who earned her first start of the year, added 10 points and four rebounds. FSU shot just 34 percent from the field, but outrebounded UVA 45-38. The Cavs, who shot 37 percent from the field, were led by LaRue’s 16 points and eight rebounds.
FSU will play at NC State on Monday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. The televised game will be featured as the ACC game of the week. UVA will host Wake Forest on Sunday at 2 p.m.