Nov. 14, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Led by freshman Lauren Bradley’s
team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds, the Florida State women’s
basketball team cruised to a 79-55 victory over Slovan Bratislava in
exhibition action this afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic
It took Florida State a few minutes to get things going in the
game as the Seminoles found themselves down by five points twice in the
game’s first six minutes. Trailing 4-9, the Tribe ran off eight
straight points, by four different players, to take a three-point lead.
On their next possession, Slovan hit a three to tie the game and a steal
and a layup put them ahead by two at the 8:27 mark of the first half,
but it would be their final advantage of the game. FSU outscored Slovan
18-8 the rest of the half and went into halftime leading 30-22. The
Tribe was paced by sophomore guard Angela Sutton’s eight points and six
steals in the first 20 minutes.
The Seminoles came out on fire in the second half, going on a
10-1 run to take a 17 point advantage at 40-23 with 17:05 remaining.
Slovan pulled to within 13 points around the eight minute mark, but
Florida State did not let up. A three-point basket by freshman Molly
Beal put the Seminoles up by 20 at 65-45 with just over five minutes to
play and FSU led by as least that many until its final 24-point margin.
Bradley, who had seven points in 11 minutes of play in the first half,
was unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. The Lake Mary, Fla., native
scored 12 points and grabbed all eight of her rebounds in the second
half. Senior Latavia Coleman contributed 13 points while Sutton
finished the game with 12. Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle added 10
strong points off of the bench while sophomore guard April Traylor had
Florida State shot 51 percent for the game and outrebounded
Slovan 47-31 after being outrebounded by two boards at halftime.
“We played well in spurts again and did some nice things,” FSU
Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We are doing a lot of things well. Now we
need to learn to do them on a consistent basis. I think we learned a
lot from even the first exhibition game.”
With today’s win, Florida State goes 2-0 in exhibition action,
having defeated the Mississippi All Stars, 78-73, on Nov. 6th. The
Tribe will open the 1999-2000 season on Friday, Nov. 19th at 7 p.m. vs.
Tulsa at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.