“Tonight’s performance was a sign of an unselfish team that is very willing to give the ball to people,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We really worked on reversing the basketball and finding the openings rather than try to create them.”
The Seminoles took a commanding 47-21 lead at the half. FSU outscored Chicago State 18-4 in the first six minutes of the game and increased the lead to 27-8 with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half. At the 3:04 mark, the Tribe took its largest lead of 21 points and led by at least that margin until taking the 26-point advantage into the locker room. April Traylor and Lakesha Springle paced the Seminoles with 10 and nine points, respectively, while Levys Torres had six rebounds and three assists. FSU shot 51 percent from the field and held a 24-13 rebounding advantage. The FSU defense held Chicago State to just 27 percent shooting.
Chicago State cut the FSU lead to 20 points at 51-31 at the 16:53 mark of the second half, but the Cougars could get no closer. The Seminoles scored eight of the next 10 points to match their largest lead of 26 with the score 58-33 with 11:11 remaining. FSU’s advantage reached the 30-point mark when the Tribe went up 31 points at 70-39 with just under seven minutes to play and the Seminoles outscored Chicago State 15-6 the rest of the way. Every Seminole played in the 40-point win. Vanessa Fuchs had a career-high 13 points, including three, three-pointers. Springle and Traylor finished with 12 points apiece while Torres and Bradley added 10 points each. Senior Brooke Wyckoff, who had just two points, led the team with eight rebounds. Newcomer Petra Hofmann had a team-high four assists. As a team, FSU shot 52 percent for the game, outrebounded Chicago State, 47-20, and hit six three pointers in the contest.
The Cougars were led by Krisey Sanders’ 16 points and four rebounds. CSU was held to just 29 percent shooting from the field.
“Virginia Tech is a great basketball team and program,” Semrau said. “They play extremely hard and are very, very well coached. They have all of their players returning and have two seniors who are extremely experienced and it’s going to be a good basketball game.”
Seminole Classic Game One: Virginia Tech beats Michigan State, 50-36
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Chrystal Starling led the Hokies with 15 points while Sarah Hicks and Tere Williams added 12 points apiece to lead Virginia Tech (3-0) to a 50-36 win over Michigan State (1-2) in the first game of the 2000 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic on Saturday afternoon at the Leon County Civic Center.
Virginia Tech took its first lead at 6-5 at the 16:41 mark and never trailed again. The Hokies had a 27-16 lead at halftime. Down by as many as 15 points early in the second half, the Spartans made a run and pulled to within 36-31 with 5:15 to play, but the Hokies outscored MSU 14-5 in the final minutes for the 14-point victory.
Michigan State was led by Becky Cummings who had seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Vnemina Reese also had seven points and added five rebounds for the Spartans, who outrebounded Virginia Tech, 34-26.
Michigan State will play Chicago State in the consolation game on Sunday, November 26th at 2 p.m. while Virginia Tech will face host Florida State at 4 p.m. in the championship game.