March 3, 2001
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Behind 18 solid points from senior Brooke Wyckoff and 17 from sophomore Katelyn Vujas, the Florida State women’s basketball team came from behind to beat No. 5-seeded Virginia 83-77 in quarterfinal action of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles, now 18-10, will meet top-seeded Duke (25-3) at 1 p.m. in the semi-finals on Sunday.
“Virginia played a great, great basketball game,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Brooke, Levys and Lako – what an amazing game by our seniors tonight, but everybody contributed and it was truly a team victory. I’m very excited we were able to pull out this game.”
FSU trailed the entire first half including by as many as 10 points at the 5:01 mark, but the Seminoles were down by just two at the break at 31-29. Wyckoff got in early foul trouble and sat at the 14:15 mark, but she would return just in time to spark the Noles. Down 24-14, FSU pulled to within six on four straight free throws by Wyckoff and Levys Torres. UVA hit two free throws to go back up eight at 26-18 but then FSU outscored the Cavs 11-5 in the final 3:48. Lako Brown hit four big free throws while Shinikki Whiting added four points in that stretch. Katelyn Vujas pulled FSU to within a deuce with 37 seconds left and she led the way with six points and six rebounds in the first half. UVA shot 40 percent to FSU’s 29 percent and had a 25-21 rebounding edge.
The Seminoles tied the game at 31 apiece in the opening minute of the second half, but then UVA scored eight straight and led by that margin at the 16:39 mark. April Traylor and Wyckoff, as they have all season, led the Tribe back. Traylor hit back-to-back layups, one off of a steal, while a Wyckoff steal led to a layup by Brown. Then Wyckoff hit a three-pointer to give FSU its first lead at 41-41 at the 15:26 mark. The lead was short-lived as the Cavaliers again pulled away and built a nine point lead. With the score 58-49 and just over 10 minutes to play, FSU went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 60-60. UVA hit a bucket to go up two and then Molly Beal drained a three-pointer to give FSU just its second lead of the game, but the lead for good. The Tribe went on to score 11 of the game’s next 13 points and went up 10 with 1:45 remaining and UVA got no closer than five points the rest of the way.
FSU connected on 30-of-40 free throw attempts, both season-highs, and shot 55 percent in the second half. Traylor also scored double figures for FSU with 12 points, while Levys Torres added nine points and seven rebounds. Brown added a career-high six points while Vujas led the way with eight rebounds.
UVA was led by Svetlana Volnaya’s 18 points while Schuye LaRue had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.