Dec. 3, 1997

FSU Falls to #23 NC State in ACC Opener

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Florida State women's basketball team (3-2, 0-1) fell 72-60 to #23 North Carolina State (7-0, 1-0) in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools tonight at Reynolds Coliseum, but the Seminoles didn't go down without a fight. After falling behind by as many as 29 points early in the second half, a 12-point run allowed the Seminoles to get back into the game as the Tribe pulled to within eight points twice with 3:20 and 2:00 left in the game. Senior Lysa Moorefield's 15 strong second half points led the Seminole resurgence.

"I'm proud of the way that our kids didn't quit," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "They fought back and I think overcame a mental barrier tonight. It's going to take some time and we're going to have to take things step by step."

The Seminoles shot 45 percent in the first half but attempted just 20 shots while committing 23 turnovers. The scoring started slow for both teams, but thanks to 4-of-5 shooting from three point range, the Wolfpack pulled ahead. Florida State scored just four points in the final 7:30 of the half and attempted just one free throw and one three-pointer and found themselves down 42-20.

It looked like much of the same in the second half as FSU trailed by 27 at 62-35 with 7:57 to play. Following a timeout, FSU held NC State scoreless until the 5:41 mark and pulled to within 15 at 62-47. The Wolfpack scored on their next possession to go back up by 17 but FSU scored the next nine points on Latavia Coleman's put back and two free throws, Moorefield's two free throws and Wendy Hampton's only three-pointer of the game.

Florida State was led by Coleman's 18 points and 10 rebounds. It is Coleman's, the ACC's leading scorer, third double-double of the season. Wyckoff, the league's leading rebounder grabbed 10 boards in the effort. FSU took care of the ball in the second half, committing just six turnovers in the final 20 minutes. NC State was led by Nailah Wallace's 18 points.

The Tribe will host Charleston Southern at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at Tully Gym in first-round action of the first annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic.

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