Nov. 4, 1997

Florida State Women's Basketball Falls to Club Shelen

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --The Florida State women's basketball team overcame a 19-point deficit but fell short to Club Shelen of Russia tonight, 90-85, in overtime in FSU's first exhibition of the season.

Sophomore sensation Latavia Coleman, a member of the 1997 ACC All-Rookie Team, led all FSU players with 25 points and 10 rebounds while seniors Jen Robinson and Lysa Moorefield contributed 18 points apiece. Freshman Brooke Wyckoff, who started tonight, scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists and two steals in her first outing as a Seminole.

Club Shelen took an immediate lead, starting off the game with a three pointer and then followed with a quick jumper. The squad scored 14 of the game's first 16 points and led by as many as 19 points with just under eight minutes to play in the first half. The Tribe was able to cut the lead to eight points at the half, 39-31.

In the second half, FSU cut the lead to one point five times before taking its first lead at 65-64 with 4:09 to play. The game would see seven more lead changes before going into overtime with the scored locked at 73-73. FSU scored first in the overtime but with the game tied at 83 with 1:40 to play, Club Shelen scored five straight points and went on for the victory.

"They (Club Shelen) opened up hitting a three and then hit another easy two," First-year head coach Sue Semrau said. "We could have just quit, but and you see, we didn't. We showed a real fighting spirit tonight. I knew it was there, but I wanted to see it."

Florida State will host the Baltic State All-Stars, a replacement for Sproni, Hungary, on Wednesday, Nov. 12th.

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