November 4, 2000 - by
Women’s Basketball Wins Exhibition Opener, 93-78, in Overtime

Nov. 4, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Senior Brooke Wyckoff scored a game-high 27 points and
junior April Traylor added 24 as the Florida State women’s basketball team
came back from 16 points down to defeat the Premier Players, 93-78, in
overtime Saturday afternoon at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.


The Seminoles took an early 11-4 lead in the first half thanks to seven
strong early points by Wyckoff. With the score 13-6 at the 15:23 mark, the
Premier Players went on a 9-0 run to take a 15-13 advantage and didn’t trail
again for the remainder of the half. FSU forced two ties at 15-15 and
17-17, but Premier Players, who shot 63 percent from the field in the first
20 minutes, continued their solid shooting and pulled away and built a lead
of 16 points at 41-25 with 3:44 to go in the half. The Tribe responded and
outscored Premier 11-4 in the final three minutes of the half to pull within
nine at 45-36 at the break.


Florida State came out on fire in the second half and ran off 14 of the
half’s first 18 points and regained the lead at 50-49 at the 12:26 mark.
Premier tied the game at 50-50 and then took the lead again and went up by
as many as nine at 67-58 with 6:11 remaining. Traylor had the hot hand for
FSU and scored five of FSU’s next seven points. Down seven at 70-63, the
Tribe scored six straight to pull within a point, but still could not take
the lead. With the score 74-72, FSU’s Katelyn Vujas, who had 15 points in
the game, hit a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime. In the overtime,
FSU took over, outscoring Premier 19-4 while shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from
the field.


Senior Levys Torres led all players with a career-high 17 rebounds and
added 14 points. Traylor led all players with seven assists. Premier was
led by Julie Hagood’s 17 points.


“In the first half, I was disappointed with our defensive effort,” head
coach Sue Semrau said. “I didn’t feel that we attacked them like we had
been in practice. We stepped up to the challenge in the second half and
held a very good shooting team to 30 percent from the field. Levys (Torres)
was amazing on the boards and Brooke (Wyckoff) and April (Traylor) played a
very smart and poised basketball game. Everybody played a very important
role today and we need that right now especially when we are not at 100
percent.”


The Seminoles’ next exhibition will be Tuesday, November 14th.

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