Feb. 22, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite three Seminoles scoring in double figures, the Florida State women’s basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 63-49 loss to Clemson Thursday night in front of a record-crowd 2,559 fans at the Leon County Civic Center. FSU fell to 17-9 overall and 9-6 in the ACC while the Tigers finished the regular season at 19-8 overall and 10-6 in the league.
“Clemson played some great defense in the second half,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I think a lot of factors probably went into our performance tonight. We are kind of in some unchartered territory here, but I’m so proud of my senior class and how far they’ve brought this team. Obviously, we would have loved to have this win tonight, but we are still in a great, great situation.”
Florida State came out playing very aggressive. Led by senior Levys Torres‘ seven points in the first seven minutes and nine total points and four rebounds for the half, the Seminoles held a 32-29 edge at the break. The first half saw eight different lead changes. Clemson cut the FSU lead to just three points right before the half as Chrissy Floyd knocked down a three-point shot at the buzzer. FSU’s biggest lead was seven points on three different occasions in the first half. April Traylor sparked the Seminoles defense with four steals. The Tribe had seven different players in the scoring column and shot 48 percent from the field. Clemson was led by Floyd who paced the Tigers with nine first half points.
FSU went up 37-31 in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Tigers scored six straight to tie the game at the 16:22 mark. What followed were four more ties. Clemson finally took a lead at 47-45 with just over seven minutes to play and would lead the remainder of the game. The Seminoles, who shot 36 percent from the field, made just five shots in the second half and scored only four points in the remaining 10:26 of the game. Although rebounds were even in the first half, the Tigers exploded for 27 boards in the second half and outrebounded FSU, 42-28.
Torres led FSU with 14 points and six rebounds while Traylor and Katelyn Vujas added 10 points apiece. FSU leading scorer Brooke Wyckoff was held to just three points before fouling out of the game. She added six rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Floyd led the Tigers with 14 points while Nuria Forns had a game-high 11 rebounds.
“I could not be more pleased with the effort of our basketball team,” Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis said. “That was one of the most competitive games I’ve ever been in. I just thought both teams played their hearts out. Florida State has been playing so very well and to hold them a team that has been shooting the ball and playing as well as Florida State to 49 points speaks volumes for the effort our ladies gave on the defensive end of the floor.”
FSU will conclude its regular season at Virginia on Sunday, February 25th at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on WNLS Sports Radio AM 1270.