March 16, 2001
By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer
AMES, Iowa (AP) - April Traylor scored a career-high 30 points and Florida State survived a late rush by Tulane to beat the Green Wave 72-70 Friday night in the Midwest Regional.
Florida State (19-11), in the tournament for the first time since 1991, rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half and then held on after leading 70-62 with a little more than two minutes left.
Tulane (22-10), the Conference USA champion, drew to 72-70 when Gwen Slaughter scored with 47 seconds left, and the Green Wave got the ball back after Florida State's Brooke Wyckoff missed a 3-point attempt as the shot clock was running down.
Following a timeout with 12.5 seconds remaining, Tulane got the ball where it wanted - into center Janell Burse's hands in the lane. But Burse missed an 8-foot turnaround shot in traffic with two seconds remaining and Florida State ran the ball down as time ran out.
Traylor, whose previous best was 29 points against Florida in 1999, made 11 of 17 shots and was 5-for-7 on 3-pointers. She twice hit a 3 after Florida State pulled to within three points down the stretch.
Seventh-seeded Florida State survived an off night by Wyckoff, the team's leading scorer with a 15.2 average. She scored only five points on 2-for-10 shooting.
Katelyn Vujas had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Florida State.
Burse had 22 points and six rebounds to lead 10th-seeded Tulane, which made the tournament for the seventh straight year and lost in the first round for the fifth time. Florida State was able to get back in it after Burse went to the bench with her second foul with 11:52 left in the first half.
Sarah Goree scored 17 points for Tulane, and Slaughter had 11.