November 14, 2000 - by
Women’s Basketball Defeats Norrkoping, 73-51

Nov. 14, 2000

Led by senior Brooke Wyckoff’s career-high 28 points
and senior Levys Torres‘ 17 points and game-high 11 rebounds, the Florida
State women’s basketball team defeated Norrkoping of Sweden, 73-51, in the
Seminoles’ final exhibition game of the preseason. FSU will open the season
on Sunday, November 19th when the Seminoles host UNC-Asheville at 2 p.m. at
the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

“I was pleased with the effort of a pretty limited squad tonight,” FSU Head
Coach Sue Semrau said. “With as many players that we had out, we saw a lot
of endurance out there, especially with Levys and Brooke. Brooke had a
pretty flawless first half and I was pleased again with Levys getting a
double-double which was pretty exciting.”

The Seminoles scored the game’s first four points and trailed only once in
the first half at 7-6 at the 16:58 mark. Wyckoff, who paced the squad with
19 first half points on 8-of-9 shooting, gave FSU back the lead just a
minute later and the Seminoles never trailed again. With FSU leading 20-18
with 8:31 remaining, the Tribe ran off 17 straight points and Wyckoff
recorded 10 points, one assist and one block during that span. The FSU
defense allowed Norrkoping to score just four points in the final 8:31 of
the half and the Seminoles led 42-22 at the break. Florida State shot 66
percent in the first half while the Flamingos were held to 30 percent
shooting. The Tribe snagged 12 steals but committed 17 turnovers.

The two teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the second half.
Leading 46-26, FSU went on a 9-0 run to take its largest lead of the night
at 29 points with just over 14 minutes to play. Norrkoping got no closer
than 19 points for the remainder of the game. Torres led the way for the
Tribe in the second half with nine points and six rebounds on the way to an
impressive double-double. The Seminoles, who took much better care of the
ball in the second half and committed just five turnovers, outrebounded the
Flamingos, 36-28.

“Something we really concentrated on was taking care of the ball and five
turnovers in the second half was a goal that we had set in terms of keeping
our turnovers down, so that was really a positive sign for us,” Semrau said.

Wyckoff led the team with six assists while sophomore Katelyn Vujas
contributed eight points and five rebounds. Senior reserve Lako Brown
grabbed a career-high six rebounds in 11 minutes of play off of the bench.

“I felt like maybe we got a little bit complacent in the second half,”
Semrau said, “but when you’re not running people in an out like you
normally do, that can happen. We’re real excited about opening up the
season on Sunday and feel like we’ve had some good preparation in these
games and we’re ready to do it.”

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