Dec. 16, 1997

Florida State Edged by Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Basketball fans saw an offensive explosion this evening at Tully Gymnasium as both Florida State (4-5, 0-2) and Clemson (5-2, 2-0) shot better than 55 percent for the game as the Lady Tigers edged the Seminoles 87-84 in ACC action.

Led by Latavia Coleman's 23 points, the Seminoles shot a season-high 60 percent, connecting on 33 of 55 shots. Despite the 38-38 tie at the break, Florida State controlled much of the first half. The Seminoles took a 13-12 lead at the 15:12 mark and increased their lead to nine with eight minutes left in the first half but Clemson's Amy Geren got hot from three-point range and connected on four of six attempts from well beyond the arc and brought the Lady Tigers right back into the game.

Geren opened the second half with a trey, giving Clemson its first lead since the 16-minute mark of the first half. Despite four ties, Florida State would never regain the lead, but the game wasn't Clemson's until time ran out. Thanks to 60 percent shooting in the second half, the Lady Tigers built the largest lead of the game at 10 points at 73-63 with nine minutes to play. But Florida State scored 15 of the game's next 21 points and forced yet another tie, but could not go ahead.

Rookie sensation Brooke Wyckoff scored a season-high 18 points for FSU while Lysa Moorefield added 13, marking the fifth straight game the senior has tallied double figures. Junior guard Jen Robinson dished out a season-high eight assists in the effort. For Clemson, Geren led the way with 26 points, 18 of which came from three-point land.

The Tribe will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., on Friday for a 7 p.m. match-up with Duquesne and then return home for a 1 p.m. contest vs. Southwest Missouri State. The Duquesne game can be heard in Tallahassee on WNLS Radio AM 1270 while the SMSU game will be aired live on Sunshine Network.

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