Nov. 6, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In her first game since December 21, 1998,
Florida State senior forward Latavia Coleman led all scorers with 23
points and added eight rebounds in the Seminoles’ 78-73 win over the
Mississippi All Stars this evening in front of 523 fans at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
Florida State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held the All Stars
scoreless until the 13:05 mark of the first half. The Seminoles built a
13-point advantage at 25-12 off of a layup by sophomore guard April
Traylor, who had 10 first half points and 18 for the game. Three-point
shooting and strong rebounding allowed the All Stars to pull within four
points at 31-27 with 2:32 left in the first half, but FSU rallied for
six straight unanswered points and went into the locker room with a
37-27 halftime lead.
The All Stars got to within three points, its closest margin of
the game, when they scored the first seven points of the second half.
The FSU lead remained single digits until the 6:07 mark, when a layup by
Coleman started a 10-0 run for the Tribe, giving the Seminoles a 72-54
advantage. The All Stars, however, went on a run of their own in the
final two minutes of the contest. Trailing by 17 at 78-61, the All
Stars closed out the game with 12 straight points.
“I saw a lot of very nice things tonight,” FSU Head Coach Sue
Semrau said. “We used a lot of people and a lot of different
combinations. We’ll get better when we can get more of a flow going. I
thought we were great in spurts, but I thought we got satisfied with
leads and took some chances that we don’t need to take right now. I was
pleased with our overall effort.”
Freshman Lauren Bradley recorded a double-double with 10 points
and a team-high 11 rebounds while Angela Sutton came off the bench to
contribute 11 points. Freshman Katelyn Vujas added eight rebounds,
sparking FSU with seven boards in seven minutes of play in the first
half. The All Stars had four players score in double figures and were
led by Tarsha Bethley’s 21 points.
The Seminoles’ next action will be an exhibition game against
Slovan Bratislava on Sunday, November 14, at 1 p.m. at the Leon County