Nov. 28, 2000
ORLANDO, Fla. –
In a commanding performance, the Florida State women’s basketball team, led by Brooke Wyckoff’s 16 points, won its third straight game and improved to 4-1 with a 68-37 win over the UCF Golden Knights (1-3) Tuesday night at the UCF Arena. The start is FSU’s best since the 1997-98 season.
“I’m extremely pleased with how we played on the road,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we had a tremendous defensive effort and holding a team to 15 points in the first half and getting to play everybody significant minutes was something that helped us improve as a basketball team.”
The first half started slow as the first field goal wasn’t scored until the 15:55 mark when Levys Torres hit a layup to give FSU a 4-0 lead as April Traylor hit two free throws two minutes earlier. Then it was all Florida State.. The Seminoles went on to score 12 unanswered points while the FSU defense didn’t allow UCF to score until the 12:32 mark when LaToya Graham hit two free throws. In fact, the Golden Knights wouldn’t make a field goal until the 6:01 mark when Nicole Dunson hit a three-pointer at the top of the key. At that point, though, Florida State had the game well out of reach and had built a 25-7 lead. UCF connected on just four shots and three of them were from three-point land. FSU led 37-15 at the break. Ten Seminoles played in the first half and eight of them scored led by Wyckoff’s 13 points. Torres led the team with nine rebounds while Traylor had five assists. As a team, the Seminoles had just six turnovers.
Katelyn Vujas scored six of FSU’s first nine second half points while the Golden Knights managed just two free throws in the first four minutes. With the 9-2 start, the Tribe had its largest lead of 29 points at 46-17. With Wyckoff, Traylor and Lakesha Springle all on the bench to allow other players some playing time, the Seminoles increased their lead to 31 at 56-25 with just under 10 minutes remaining. Shinikki Whiting led the squad during that stretch with six points. With under five to play, it was a 64-28 Florida State advantage and FSU led by at least 30 points the rest of the way. Aside from Wyckoff’s double-digits, Traylor added 11 points while Whiting and Vujas contributed 10 points apiece. Torres had a career-high 12 rebounds while Traylor added a team-high nine assists.
FSU shot 42 percent for the game and had a 41-40 rebounding edge. The Tribe also recorded 13 steals, six blocks and had a season-low 10 turnovers. For UCF, LoToya Graham led the team with 13 points while Adrienne Billings has 12 rebounds.
The Seminoles will play at UT-Chattanooga on Saturday, December 2nd at 7 p.m.