Dec. 7, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team won its third straight game and improved to 7-1 overall with a 97-51 win over Jacksonville (0-6), Friday night at the Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles had five players score in double figures, as all 13 Seminoles played, and were led by senior April Traylor’s game-high 16 points. The 46-point victory was Florida State’s biggest win by margin since a 55-point win over Tulane on November 8, 1990.
“I’d like to start by complimenting the total team effort here tonight,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said in the post-game press conference. “When only one person, and that’s a pretty capable senior, takes double-digit shots and we still score 97 points, I think, says a lot. This is one of those games where we had more assists than turnovers which is something that is becoming a trademark for this team.”
The Seminoles took the game from the start. With the score 2-2, Florida State went on a 24-0 run to take control of the game at the 11:26 mark. By the 10 minute mark, not a Seminole starter was on the floor. In fact, four freshmen were playing as all 13 Seminoles saw significant playing time in the first half. Traylor started out hot, hitting three straight three-pointers and finished the half leading all scorers with 11 points in just 13 minutes. FSU led 48-25 at the half, shot 61 percent from the field and had a 17-15 edge in rebounding while recording eight steals and just seven turnovers.
Florida State was even stronger from the field in the second half, shooting 63 percent from the floor. The Seminoles also picked it up defensively, finishing the game with a season-high 18 steals and a 35-26 advantage on the boards. FSU junior newcomer Trinetta Moore was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and had a season-high 12 points and led the team in rebounding for the second time this season with seven boards. Lauren Bradley added 11 points on 5-for-5 from the field, while Tasheika Morris and freshman Genesis Choice added 10 points, apiece.
For Jacksonville, Yolisha Jackson led the way with 13 points and six assists. Kat Sungy had a team-high six rebounds.
The game marked FSU’s second straight game shooting over 50 percent and fourth of the year. The 97 points is the most JU has given up while the 46-point margin is the Dolphins worst loss in the JU program, which is in its third year of existence. The margin of victory ranks tied for seventh on FSU’s list of wins by margin.
No rest for the Seminoles as FSU plays host to UCF on Sunday, December 9, at Noon. The game will be televised by Sunshine Network. It’s Toys For Tots day. Those bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the game will receive free admission. FSU’s WNBA player Brooke Wyckoff and Levys Torres will be recognized at halftime and will conduct a autograph session following the game.