Dec. 5, 1997

Florida State to Face Florida International in Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State women's basketball team improved to 4-2 with a 71-51 win over Charleston Southern (2-6) in the second game of the first annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic at Tully Gym this evening.

Florida International (3-0) upset #8 Georgia (3-1) 83-68 in the first game and will advance to the championship game of the tournament vs. FSU at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Charleston Southern will face Georgia in the consolation game at Noon.

FSU was led by Lysa Moorefield's season-high 21 points while freshman standout Brooke Wyckoff grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. The Tribe led 33-23 at the break and outscored the Lady Buccaneers 15-6 to open the second half. CSU pulled to within 12 at 54-42, but FSU scored 14 of the game's next 17 points to take its largest lead of the night at 26. Junior point guard Jen Robinson suffered a sprain to her right ankle in the first five minutes of the game and did not return. Her status for tomorrow's action is questionable. CSU was led by Crystal Carpenter's 19 points and Kate Sanford's 12 rebounds.

Led by Gergana Branzova's 33 points and 13 rebounds, Florida International never trailed vs. Georgia and had a 16-point lead at the break at 51-35. Down 20 with just over 14 minutes to play, the Bulldogs scored 14 of the game's next 16 points and pulled to within eight with 7:38 to play, but FIU quickly scored the next seven to regain control. Georgia had four players score in double figures led by Kelly Miller's 19 points. Coco Miller led the team with seven rebounds.

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