Nov. 30, 1999
MACON, Ga. – It was a good homecoming for Florida State senior
Latavia Coleman as she scored 17 points, along with teammate April
Traylor’s 17 points, to lead the Seminoles to a 74-62 win over Mercer on
Tuesday at Porter Gym. The win gives FSU a 3-2 record while the Bears
go to 4-2 on the year.
Coleman led all players with 13 points and seven rebounds in the
first half, but the Seminoles went into the locker room with a slim
25-24 advantage. FSU shot just 27 percent in the first 20 minutes and
rebounds were locked at 19 apiece. FSU led 15-10, but Mercer scored
four straight to pull within a point. The Bears’ next six points were
off of free throws and then Mercer took the lead at 22-21 at the 1:46
mark. The Tribe hit four straight free throws and held Mercer to just
one more bucket for the half.
Florida State came out running in the second half and outscored
Mercer 15-4 in the first seven minutes to take a commanding 40-28 lead.
The Seminoles were hitting shots from everywhere on the floor and
spreading the offense as eight different players scored. It was the
April Traylor and Angela Sutton show in the final 20 minutes as the pair
combined for 25 second half points. As a team, FSU shot an amazing .625
in the second half and .446 for the game. The Tribe’s largest lead was
23, but Mercer connected on five-of-six three pointers in the second
half to help control the deficit.
“It was really fun to have the opportunity to watch Latavia
(Coleman) play in front of her home folks,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau
said. “Tay was a real bright spot in the first half and I thought our
defense played very well. Angela (Sutton) and April (Traylor) really
sparked us in the second half and that was the catalyst.”
The scrappy Seminoles outrebounded the Bears 35-29 and had 14 steals.
Freshman Lauren Bradley had 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds and
Sutton added 11 points, five assists and five steals. Traylor also
recorded a team-high eight assists to her game.
FSU will host rival-Florida one week from tonight on December 30 at 7
p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.