Nov. 19, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State senior Latavia Coleman scored
a game-high 32 points as she led the Seminoles to a 77-70 victory over
Tulsa in the season-opener for both schools this evening at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
The Seminoles built a lead of as many as 12 points at 24-12 with
eight minutes to play in the first half, but the Golden Hurricane made a
run and cut the FSU advantage to just three points at 29-26. The Tribe
went into the lockerroom with a 35-30 lead.
Tulsa came out on fire in the second half with a 10-0 run to
take a five-point lead at 40-35. With 12:58 remaining, Coleman tied the
game at 45-45 with a layup and freshman Lauren Bradley gave the
Seminoles the lead for good on their next possession. Bradley’s layup
started an 11-0 Florida State run and the Tribe went on to lead by as
many as 18 points at 71-53 with just over three minutes remaining. The
Golden Hurricane rallied to outscore FSU 17-6 in the final minutes, but
FSU came away with the seven-point victory.
“Tulsa is a very well coached team,” Florida State head coach
Sue Semrau said. “I was very pleased with our effort and we are very
excited to win our opening game. We have a team dominated by
underclassmen and we need them to accept and take to heart their roles
and I think we saw some of that tonight. Tay (Latavia Coleman) only
missed three shots tonight and had 32 points which is pretty
Bradley and Coleman shared team honors in rebounding with nine
apiece, helping the Seminoles to a 48-36 advantage on the boards.
Junior newcomer Levys Torres contributed eight rebounds in 15 minutes of
play. Sophomore April Traylor also tallied double figures with 15
For Tulsa, Lila Osceola led the way with 20 points and seven
rebounds while Kasie Pittman and Tammy Goyne added 16 and 11 points,
Florida State will travel to Tampa for a meeting with South
Florida on Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m.