January 3, 2000 - by
Women’s Hoops Falls To Wake Forest In ACC Opener

Jan. 3, 2000



Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Florida State women’s basketball team had its
four-game win streak snapped on Monday night as Wake Forest took a 64-59
victory at Joel Coliseum. FSU falls to 7-4 overall and 0-1 in the Atlantic
Coast Conference while Wake Forest improves to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in league
play.


The Seminoles were simply out of sync in the first half and shot just 24
percent from the field, while committing 11 turnovers. FSU led 6-5 at the
15:14 mark but then neither team scored over the next six minutes. Finally,
FSU’s Molly Beal nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to put the
Tribe up 9-6. After not scoring for over eight minutes themselves, the
Demon Deacons scored six straight and took an 11-9 lead with 6:20 remaining.


FSU tied the game at 11, but didn’t regain the lead again in the first half
as Wake Forest took the 20-18 advantage into the locker room at the halftime
break. Brooke Wyckoff was the bright spot for FSU with seven points and six
rebounds in the first 20 minutes as the Seminoles controlled the boards at
29-20.


The second half started out good for Florida State as the Seminoles opened
with a 15-4 run to take a nine-point advantage at 33-24, but no lead seemed
to be good enough. The Tribe maintained a lead of at least four points
until Wake Forest closed in at 43-41 with 6:52 to play. The Seminoles again
went up by seven two more times but the Deacons kept fighting back. Wake
Forest took their first lead at 56-55 with 2:00 left but FSU responded with
a quick basket. However, the Deacons took the lead for good on two free
throws with 1:16 to go. FSU had to foul down the stretch and Wake hit four
straight shots from the charity stripe for the five-point win.


Freshman Lauren Bradley led FSU with 12 points while Angela Sutton also
tallied double figures with 10. Wyckoff ended the night with nine points
and a game-high 11 rebounds while senior leading scorer Latavia Coleman was
held to a season-low five points. FSU shot a season-low 33 percent from
the field, but did outrebound the Deacons 47-36. FSU’s woes from the free
throw line continued with a 16-for-26 performance tonight.


“It was a great defensive effort on behalf of Wake Forest,” FSU Head Coach
Sue Semrau said. “They kept us to a low shooting percentage. We know it
can happen on the road and we didn’t play good enough defense to negate
that. We lead the ACC in steals and we only had nine tonight. Wake did an
excellent job in doubling and tripling Latavia and we didn’t get her the
ball in good places.”


FSU will host No. 4 NC State on Thursday, Jan. 6th at 7 p.m.

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