Nov. 27, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Led by freshman Shinikki Whiting’s career-high 21
points and sophomores Angela Sutton (career-high 19) and Lakesha Springle
(career-high 16), the Florida State women’s basketball team overcame an
early 17-point deficit to top Oakland 99-90 in the consolation game of the
Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic. The win puts FSU at an even 2-2
while Oakland falls to 2-3. Xavier, led by Nicole Levandusky’s game-high 22
points, defeated UT-Chattanooga, 80-65, in the Classic championship game.
Florida State was forced to play without two starters in tonight’s contest.
Junior Brooke Wyckoff, who has been sidelined all season with a broken
pinky, dressed but was not cleared to play by the officials due to her
casted right hand, while sophomore April Traylor suffered a severe migraine
during the day which required hospitalization. She was released from the
hospital a couple of hours prior to tipoff. With that and the recent
losses, FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau decided to shake up the lineup a bit and
started Vanessa Fuchs, Levys Torres and Lakesha Springle in place of
Shinikki Whiting, Lauren Bradley and the absent Traylor. Florida State was
out of sync in the opening minutes and Oakland took advantage of it. After
scoring the game’s first six points, the Golden Grizzlies built an early
17-point lead at 22-5 at the 14:16 mark. Due much to the fine play of
Whiting, the Seminoles fought their way back into the game. A Whiting
three-pointer at the 5:05 mark cut the Oakland lead to single digits at
36-29 and FSU trailed by just five at 46-41 at the half. Whiting led all
players with 12 first half points.
The Tribe fell behind by eight early in the second half before Sutton, who
practically took over the game with 14 points in the second half, tied the
game at 56-56 with a layup at the 14:14 mark. A Sutton jumpshot with 10:33
to play gave FSU its first lead at 66-65 and the Tribe went on to build a
five-point advantage. Oakland forced two more lead changes before the
Seminoles took the lead for good at 84-83 on a driving layup by Sutton with
4:31 left in the game. FSU made its free throws down the stretch and came
away with the nine-point win.
“I really couldn’t be more proud of this team,” Semrau said. “I don’t
think anyone could understand what we went through the last eight hours.
Not knowing what was going on with April (Traylor) was very emotional for
us. To win the game the way we did under these circumstances and without
two starters — it’s just huge.”
FSU committed a season-low 13 turnovers and outrebounded Oakland 39-30.
The Tribe shot an amazing 62 percent in the second half and finished at 52
percent for the game. Senior Latavia Coleman rebounded from a disappointing
first half to finish with 16 points and seven rebounds for the game.
Freshman Katelyn Vujas had 10 points and a team-high eight boards off of the
bench. For Oakland, Sara Judd led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds.
FSU will play at Mercer on Tuesday, Nov. 30th at 7 p.m. The game can be
heard live on Sportsradio AM 1270.
1999 TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
|Angela Sutton||Florida State|
|April Traylor||Florida State|
MVP: Nicole Levandusky, Xavier