Jan. 17, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five Seminoles scored in double figures as the Florida State women’s basketball team erased a nine-point deficit with 12 minutes remaining to defeat NC State, 80-74, on Thursday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. With the victory, the Seminoles improved to 11-6 overall and 2-4 in ACC play while NC State went to 9-8 and 3-3 in the league.
“That was one tough NC State team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “It’s a real privilege to compete against them and pull out a win against them. I think the balance of our team was really big tonight. I thought the way that my post players took it to Kaayla Chones was just exceptional. Obviously, she’s an amazing player. I’m just very pleased with our overall effort and the attack mentality that I thought we had tonight.”
NC State led much of the first half and had a 39-34 lead at halftime. There were five ties in the first half, but the Pack broke it open with just under nine minutes to play. The score was tied 13-13 at the 11:38 mark when NC State went on a 13-2 run to pull ahead by 11 with 8:30 remaining. FSU still trailed by 10 with just over six to play at 30-20 and then went to work. The Seminoles ran off seven straight points to pull within three and climb back into the game. Kaayla Chones dropped in 15 points to lead the Wolfpack who shot 47 percent from the field. The Seminoles shot 45 percent themselves as they spread the offense. Katelyn Vujas led the way with eight points while Tasheika Morris and April Traylor added seven apiece. FSU committed just seven turnovers but NC State had the rebounding edge at 21-16.
The Seminoles shot an amazing 60 percent from the field in the second half and earned the six point victory the hard way. After pulling to within one early in the second half, Florida State fell behind by nine at 59-50 with 12:26 remaining, but the Seminoles outscored the Pack 16-2 over the game’s next five minutes and regained their first lead of the game since the 17:40 mark of the first half. Morris and Lauren Bradley were instrumental in the run. Bradley, who had played just two minutes in the first half, sparked the team when she scored seven straight points, including the five that gave FSU the lead for good. FSU’s biggest lead was eight points at the 4:03 mark and the Seminoles led the final 8:38 of the contest.
“Of course, all ACC games are exciting wins or disappointing losses,” NC State Head Coach Kay Yow said. “I sort of feared this game coming in because I knew it was two teams with two different mentalities with Florida State having lost four games and being back home and really needing this win. It was a critical game for them, but I thought it was a critical game for us. I really feared that the hunger for Florida State might be greater than our hunger. It’s not that I don’t feel my team gave an effort because I really do believe that they played hard, but I thought the hunger of Florida State had them really ready for this game and ready for a win.”
Vujas and Morris led the way with 16 points apiece. Traylor added 13 points, followed by Shinikki Whiting’s 11 and Petra Hofmann’s 10. Morris, Vujas and freshman Genesis Choice led the way in the rebounding department with six each.
Chones led NC State with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
FSU will host Georgia Tech on Sunday, January 20th at 1 p.m. The game will be televised regionally, including on Sunshine Network in the state of Florida.