Nov. 18, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team will
tipoff the 2000-2001 season on Sunday, November 19th when the Seminoles
host UNC-Asheville at 2 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
“We are looking forward to playing a team that finished in the top
four in their conference which is something that is a goal of ours,” FSU
Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “They return about every player just like we
do. They also have two really strong newcomers in Julie and Joanne
Stephenson who are sisters from England who have been contributing in their
The Seminoles have been led by senior All-Amerca candidate Brooke
Wyckoff who has averaged 27.5 points and 4.5 assists in FSU’s two
exhibition wins. Senior center Levys Torres has also put on some fine
preseason performances with double-doubles in both games, including a
career-high 17 rebounds against the Premier Players.
Florida State holds a 1-0 series advantage over UNC-Asheville. The
two clubs have met just one time — a 99-58 win in Tallahassee on December
2, 1988. The Bulldogs return all five starters from last year’s squad that
finished 9-17 overall.
“I anticipate a competitive basketball game,” Semrau said. “I’m
familiar with their coach Kathleen Weber who was an assistant up at DePaul
when I was an assistant at Northern Illinois. She does a great job. She’s
done very well recruiting in taking a program that really was nothing and
made them into a contender in their conference. I respect her and the job
that she does.”
After tomorrow’s game, the season gets fast and furious for the
women’s basketball team. FSU will travel to Gainesville on Tuesday for a 7
p.m. matchup with the Lady Gators, which will be aired on WNLS Sportsradio
AM 1270 and will then host the Seminole Classic next weekend.
Q&A With Head Coach Sue Semrau
What have you been pleased with the most in the preseason?
“I’ve been pleased with the progress of our defense and the execution of
our offense. We take a lot more pride than we have defensively and
offensively, we’ll make the extra pass. I feel like the players are
working very well together and are so much more comfortable with each other
as teammates on the court. I’ve been extremely pleased with Levys Torres
and her ability to rebound the ball and the way that Brooke has stepped up
and really taken on a scoring mentality.”
How has the team progressed since the first day of practice?
“Five weeks is a long time to just have two basketball games and I think as
a mature group, they’ve stayed very focused on the task at hand and they
are very excited about opening the season on Sunday. We’re very prepared
and very hungry and we are trying to build on what we’ve already done in
three weeks together in August.”
Are you at the point that you were hoping to be at in the preseason?
Except for our injuries, yes. The people that have been healthy, I’ve been
very pleased with their progress. Obviously we are disappointed that
Lauren (Bradley) wasn’t able to do as much with us in the preseason, and
losing Molly (Beal) and even Nikki (Whiting) being limited, we would have
loved to have them and the ability for them to progress as well. But with
the other players, I am very pleased with where we are.”
What is the trademark of this team?
“I know that defense is going to be our number one focus, but probably
overall, the trademark of this team is selflessness. They’ve really
exhibited a desire to involve everyone and not because no one wants the
load, but because they see it as a shared responsibility which is something
we knew we would need with the loss of Tay (Latavia Coleman).”
How is the team’s morale?
“Again, they’re just more focused than I’ve ever seen them. They’re taking
care of business. The outside influences don’t seem to bother them and
they are willing to make greater sacrifices, even in the preseason, than
I’ve ever seen a group here be willing to make before. They just have an
understanding of what it takes and that stems from the seniors who are
confident in the system.”