Dec. 30, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team knew how to end the year 2000 with a bang as junior April Traylor scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Seminoles to a 74-70 upset victory over 12th-ranked NC State, Saturday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The victory gives FSU a 9-2 record overall and a 1-0 record in the ACC while the Wolfpack go to 9-2 and 1-1 in league play.
“I just want to really compliment my team tonight,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought they played a very smart, very poised basketball game. I’m extremely proud of everyone’s effort — not only this team, but the FSU teams’ before them that have gotten us to this point. NC State, I thought, played extremely hard and played great defense.”
The Seminoles shot an impressive 53 percent in the first half but had just a slim 28-26 lead at the half. Down 5-0 to start the game, FSU scored seven straight to take a 7-5 lead. With the score tied 7-7, the Tribe outscored the Pack 12-3 to take a 19-10 lead with 6:40 to play. FSU’s biggest lead was 23-12 just a minute later, but NC State ran off 10 straight to pull within 23-22.at the 2:07 mark. The Wolfpack tied the game at 26-26 with under a minute remaining but could not regain the lead. Levys Torres led the Tribe with eight points and eight rebounds, but the team was plagued by 18 first half turnovers. FSU had a 21-15 edge in rebounds and held the pack to 30 percent shooting.
There were three ties in the first six minutes of the second half and then NC State took its first lead since the 17:08 mark of the first half at 40-38 with 13:22 remaining. Torres answered with two free throws, but the Wolfpack scored 10 straight to take a 50-40 advantage with just under 10 minutes to go. But the Seminoles would not let this one get away. FSU made a run, scoring 13 of the game’s next 17 points, and tied the game at 53 at the 6:15 mark. NC State responded and went up four at 59-55, but FSU ran off six straight to regain the lead and despite three more ties, the Tribe would not trail again. With the score knotted at 68-68, Traylor hit a lay up to give FSU the lead for good. The Seminoles’ hit their free throws down the stretch for the victory.
“I thought Florida State played a great game,” NC State Head Coach Kay Yow said. “They were very aggressive offensively and really kept the pressure on the ball and took the ball to the basket with real aggressiveness and confidence. They are a well-coached team and were well-prepared for the game and did a great job tonight.”
The win marked Florida State’s first win over a ranked opponent since January 12, 1993 when the Tribe defeated Maryland, 68-61. It was also FSU’s first win in an ACC opener since joining the league in 1991-92. FSU shot 50 percent for the game, making it three games in a row that the Tribe has shot 50 percent or better. The Noles outrebounded the Pack, 40-36 and the 74 points was the most points NC State has given up this season. FSU’s 50 percent shooting was the highest shooting percentage that the Wolfpack has allowed this season.
In addition to Traylor, Brooke Wyckoff and Torres contributed double figures for FSU with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Torres also led all players with 14 rebounds.
NC State was led by Tynesha Lewis’ 19 points while Carisse Moody and Amy Simpson added 16 and 10 points, respectively.
The Seminoles will play at Georgia Tech on Friday, January 5th at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Network South.