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Florida State’s ACC Round Two Action Begins With Wake Forest

Feb. 2, 2000

Thursday, February 3, 2000 – 7 p.m.
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
WNLS Sportsradio AM 1270



the series


Wake Forest holds a 12-7 advantage in the series with Florida State, but the Seminoles have won three of the last five meetings. The Demon Deacons took this season’s first meeting by a score of 64-59.

for the record

FLORIDA STATE

1999-2000 Record8-11, 1-7
1998-99 Record7-20


HEAD COACH
SUE SEMRAU

School Record24-48/3rd
Career Recordsame


WAKE FOREST

1999-2000 Record6-14, 2-7
1998-99 Record8-20


HEAD COACH CHARLENE CURTIS

School Record18-57/3rd
Career Record180-207/14th


FSU Probable starters


11GAngela Sutton8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
12GApril Traylor12.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.9 apg
21FBrooke Wyckoff11.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg
30FLatavia Coleman16.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
13CLevys Torres3.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg

NEXT UP


The Seminoles will hit the road for a 2 p.m. contest with the NC State Wolfpack on Sunday, February 6th. The Seminoles have not played away from Tallahassee in four games. FSU’s last road game was January 20th at UNC.


HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU


“I had a passion and desire to build something,” Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau said upon her hiring in June of 1997.

Semrau’s philosophy in rebuilding the Florida State program has been a simple one. Semrau runs her program in such a way where players are treated as people first, students second and athletes third. She is a relationship coach who believes in initiating relationships rather than waiting for others to do so.

After two seasons at the helm of the FSU program, Semrau’s style has been embraced by all who have come in contact with her. She has won the hearts of the Florida State media, fans and most importantly, the student-athletes. Her friendliness and ease with the media have prompted the group to refer to her as the “female Bobby Bowden.” Semrau had such a large response to the first “Lunch with Sue,” last season — a Booster-sponsored biweekly luncheon on campus — that they had to move the event into a larger room for the remainder of the year. And she and her staff secured the nation’s 8th-best recruiting class according to several national publications.

From day one of her reign, Semrau emphasized a need to build consistency in every facet of the women’s basketball program from when and where the team practices, to where they hold meetings, to what time they eat dinner. With Semrau’s arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole women’s basketball program had had three different head coaches in three years. The 1999-2000 season will be Semrau and her staff’s third year at FSU and their second recruiting class will be entering the picture. FSU should soon begin to reap the benefits of this consistency.

FSU saw dramatic improvements in Semrau’s first season as she led FSU to its most victories since 1992-93 (9-18) and its best ACC record and finish in five years (5-11, 7th), including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent in the 1997-98 season. While hopes were high in 1998-99, a season-ending injury to team-leader Latavia Coleman just 10 games into the year, proved to be devasting for the team, and although very competitive, things didn’t quite fall into place for Semrau and her Seminoles. Coleman is set to return for her senior season along with junior Brooke Wyckoff, who again spent her summer with USA Basketball, this time as a member of the USA World University Games team. They will serve as leaders for a young, but talented group of Seminoles.


LAST TIME OUT


Florida State junior Brooke Wyckoff scored a game-high 18 points but No. 11 Auburn edged the Seminoles 55-52 in a hard-fought nonconference contest in front of 1,107 fans at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center Sunday afternoon.

Florida State opened the game with intensity and built a seven-point advantage early at 15-8 at the 11:14 mark. The Tigers went on an 8-0 run to force the first of four ties in the final six minutes of the first half. The two teams traded leads, but FSU trailed by two, 24-22, at the break. Wyckoff led all scorers with nine first half points while Auburn’s Tasha Hamilton dominated with seven rebounds, helping the Tigers to a 26-19 advantage on the boards in the first half. The defense was solid on both ends of the court as neither team shot well from the field: FSU .286, Auburn .281.

The second half was tight the entire 20 minutes as neither team led by more than four points and there were three ties. Florida State led 47-45 with 7:45 remaining when Auburn tied the game with a layup by Le’Coe Willingham, who finished the game with 11 points. The basket was the first of three straight for the Tigers, who built their largest lead at four points at 51-47 with just over six minutes to play. Despite pulling within a point, the Seminoles would not lead again.

“This was a great win for our program,” Auburn Head Coach Joe Ciampi said. “I know how disappointing it must feel for Sue Semrau and the FSU players. They’ve had so many close games and are doing so many things right. Sue Semrau is building a great foundation here and we were fortunate enough to finish the game three points ahead of them.”

Both teams shot 33 percent for the game, but the Tigers edged the Seminoles 43-39 in the rebounding department. Hamilton recorded a double-double for Auburn with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Aside from Wyckoff’s 18 points, point guard April Traylor was the only other FSU player in double digits with 11. Senior Latavia Coleman led FSU in rebounding with 11 and added nine points.

“I am very encouraged with the progress of this basketball team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we lost something emotionally after the Clemson loss. Coming so close, so many times, I told the team that this game was a turn-up for the second half of the ACC. Our players responded and did an exceptional job today.”


CRASHING THE BOARDS


After outrebounding its first five ACC oppponents, FSU has been outrebounded it its last four games.


AT THE HALF


FSU is 6-3 when leading at halftime. The Seminoles were leading at Wake Forest, at North Carolina and vs. Clemson before falling in the second half.


SHOOTING PERCENTAGE


FSU’s loss to Clemson was the first time this season that the Tribe has shot over 50 percent for a game and lost. Prior to that game, FSU was 3-0 in those games. The 12-point loss to Clemson was also FSU’s largest defeat, by margin, of the year.


SWAT TEAM


As a team, FSU has recorded more than double the blocks than its opponents. The Tribe has 71 swats to its opponents’ 32. Brooke Wyckoff leads the team with 24.


BRADLEY MAY BE BACK FOR WOLFPACK


Freshman Lauren Bradley who suffered a fracture to her right foot during the NC State game on January 6th, may return to action against the Wolfpack on February 6th. Bradley is averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.


LOOKING FORWARD TO FEBRUARY


January was a tough month for the Seminoles as they went 1-8. Unfortunately, five of FSU’s games in February are on the road.


COLEMAN HITS DOUBLE DIGITS


For the second time this season, Latavia Coleman hit the double-digit mark in rebounding. She grabbed a team-high 11 boards to lead the team vs. Auburn. She also had 11 rebounds in the St. John’s game.


NEED TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THE BALL


The Seminoles committed 28 turnovers vs. Clemson — the most they have in all eight ACC games. FSU also committed 28 turnovers in the first game of the season vs. Tulsa.


GETTING TO THE LINE


With 51 total fouls called in the UNC game, the Tribe made it to the free throw line 32 times! Seems like a great amount, but not really for the Seminoles. FSU has made 30 or more free throw attempts seven times this season, including a season-high 36 attempts in the season-opener vs. Tulsa. FSU averages 23.3 free throw attempts per game.


WATCH YOUR BACK


The Seminoles entered the week leading the conference with a 11.9 steals per game average and in blocked shots average at 3.7 swats per game.


SHOOTING ACCURACY


Latavia Coleman, who is second in the ACC in scoring at 16.4 points per game, is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage. Coleman is shooting 50 percent from the field (3rd in ACC) overall and in ACC games.


LET’S TAKE A LOOK


With the Clemson game concluding first-round ACC action, let’s take a look at some notables through the first eight ACC games …

  • 29-point win over Ga. Tech was FSU’s second biggest by margin since joining the ACC.
  • five of seven losses have been by five points or less
  • FSU outrebounded its opponent in five of eight league games.

WYCKOFF TAKES OVER ON THE BOARDS


Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in seven of eight ACC games. Against Maryland, she was one of three players to lead the team with seven boards. In the other six ACC games, she has led the team outright. She is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game in league action.


DOWN TO THE WIRE


In five of eight ACC losses, FSU had either been tied, down a point, or up a point around the one-minute mark of the second half.


ALL AROUND


Brooke Wyckoff is truly an all-around player. With the exception of one game, Wyckoff has recorded at least one assist, block, steal, rebound and point in all 14 games she’s played in. The Chicago State game was the only game that Wyckoff didn’t record a block.


SECOND BIGGEST ACC WIN


The Tribe’s 29-point win over the Yellow Jackets was its second biggest win, by margin, over an ACC opponent. FSU defeated Georgia Tech by 35 points, 88-53, in Coach Semrau’s first season, 1997-98.


A TEAM WIN INDEED!


It took everyone to beat the Yellow Jackets. Five Seminoles hit double figures in FSU’s win over Georgia Tech. The only other time this season that this has happened was in the Oakland game. Everyone who could, played against the Yellow Jackets and 10 of 12 Seminoles scored!


WITH THIS WIN …


FSU’s win over Georgia Tech was the team’s eighth of the season — already one more than all of last season when the Tribe finished 7-20. FSU went 9-18 in Semrau’s first season — which was the most wins the program has had since 1992-93 when the Seminoles finished 13-14. FSU’s last winning season was in 1991-92 at 17-11.


THREE’S PLEASE


FSU is becoming a three-point shooting team. The Seminoles were 5-for-9 from three-point land in the Georgia Tech win. Four different players hit treys in the game … including junior Lako Brown. It was her first career three pointer! FSU hit a season-high seven three’s in the UVA game. The Seminoles have hit five or more three’s in a game five times this season. Last year, FSU hit 63 three-pointers for the year. The Tribe already has 59 on the year with at least nine games remaining.

APRIL’S GETTING ACCUSTOMED


Sophomore April Traylor is playing point guard this season — a new position for the young Seminole. But she’s catching on. Her 4.7 assists per game ranks second in the ACC. But she’s still a scoring threat. Traylor has led the team in scoring four times, including a game-high 22 points in the Tribe’s first ACC win of the season. She has scored in double figures in nine games total, including four games of 22 points or more!


GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY!


Freshman Molly Beal is starting to be a factor from beyond the arc. She hit 4-of-5 treys vs. Clemson and had a career day vs. Virginia when she went 5-for-7 from three-point land for a season-high 15 points. Beal was instrumental in FSU’s comeback vs. the Cavaliers. Beal and April Traylor combined for five straight three pointers during a three-minute stretch which helped FSU to pull to within two points.


TAY CAN PLAY


Latavia Coleman had another outstanding outing in the Tribe’s one-point loss to Maryland. The senior forward scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. For the game, she shot 83 percent (10-12) from the field and 89 percent (8-9) from the free throw line.


DISHIN’ IT OUT


Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.7 assists per game leads the team and is second in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 ppg, recorded a career-high nine assists in the Chicago State game.


CAN’T STOP COLEMAN


Latavia Coleman came back to the court this season on a mission! She not only leads the team in scoring, but is second in the ACC. She has scored in double figures in 15 of 19 games, including a season-high 32 in the season-opener vs. Tulsa.


REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL


Florida State has added height to its roster this season and it is paying off in the rebounding department. FSU has outrebounded its opponent in 11 of 19 games, including five of eight ACC games, this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:


GAMEMARGINFSU LEADER
Tulsa48-36+12Col/Brad 9
USF33-36-3Bradley/Torres 7
UT-Chattanooga45-34+9Coleman 9
Oakland39-30+9Vujas 8
Mercer35-29+6Bradley 9
Florida33-48-15Coleman
Loyola52-28 +24Col/Brad/Vuj 8
Chicago State48-33 +15Torres 9
St. John’s45-47-2Coleman 11
FIU38-44-6Torres 8
Wake Forest47-36+9Wyckoff 11
NC State33-30 +3Wyckoff 10
Virginia34-28+6Wyckoff 10
Maryland39-37+2Wyc/Col/Torr 7
Ga. Tech41-32+9Wyckoff 8
UNC28-38 -10Wyckoff 7
Duke35-38 – 3Wyckoff 8
Clemson21-31 -10Torres 6
Auburn39-43-4Coleman 11


FSU AND FREE THROWS


The Seminoles have struggled from the free throw line this season, but are beginning to show steady improvement. The Tribe went 18-for-30 in its four-point loss to No. 3 NC State but improved with a season-high 80 percent (12-15) showing vs. UVA. They shot a season-low 55 percent (11-20) from the free throw line in the Chicago State game.


CLOSING THE GAP


Of FSU’s 14 losses to NC State since 1991-92, the January 6 four-point game was the closest margin. FSU’s three-point loss to UVA was also the closest the Tribe has ever gotten to the Cavaliers, who hold a perfect 19-0 record over the Seminoles.


IN THE LEAGUE


Here’s where FSU players rank in ACC stats…

Latavia Coleman2nd, 16.4 ppg
3rd, .498 FG%
T6th, 2.3 steals pg

April Traylor11th, 12.7 ppg
2nd, 4.7 assists pg
4th, 2.5 steals pg

Angela Sutton8th, 2.2 steals pg

Katelyn VujasT7th, 0.6 blocks pg


WIN STREAK


FSU’s four-game win streak was the program’s longest win streak since the 1991-92 season. That year, FSU defeated Northern Illinois, FAMU, Florida Atlantic and Oral Roberts before ending the season with a loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles finished 17-11 in 1991-92 – which also marks the last time FSU had a winning season.


REVENGE TIME


Florida State’s win over Florida International not only snapped a two-game losing streak to the Golden Panthers, but the Sun & Fun tournament title also gave the Seminoles some sweet revenge. FIU won FSU’s tournament in both 1997-98 and 1998-99.


CLASSIC HONORS


Latavia Coleman, who averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds through the two games at the FIU Sun & Fun Classic, earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors while Brooke Wyckoff was named to the All-Tournament Team with averages of 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.


COLEMAN EARNS SECOND ACC HONOR


Latavia Coleman’s MVP performance at the FIU Sun & Fun Classic earned the senior her second ACC Player of the Week honor this season. She averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and had her first double-double of the season.


DOUBLE TROUBLE


Latavia Coleman recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. St. John’s. Brooke Wyckoff earned her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards vs. NC State and had another with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Virginia.


OUR KIND OF TOWN — CHICAGO IS!


The Seminoles won their two games in Chicago by a margin of 23 points and outrebounded their opponents by an average of 19.5 boards. Everyone, who was able, saw action in both games.


VUJAS HAD RAMBLERS’ NUMBER


Freshman Katelyn Vujas had her best game of the season with 18 points and eight rebounds vs. Loyola. The rookie center shot 82 percent from the field on 9-11 and her eight boards tied for team honors. Vujas made the start vs. Chicago State in place of Lauren Bradley, who was ill, and again scored in double figures with 12 points.


CENTURY MARK


Florida State’s 102 points vs. Loyola was the first time the Tribe has reached the century mark this season and 21st time in the program’s history. FSU did it last year in its 112-101 overtime loss to North Carolina. The Seminoles nearly reached the plateau earlier this season with 99 points vs. Oakland.


SEASON SUPERLATIVES ALL IN ONE GAME!


FSU shot a season-high 59 percent vs. Loyola and had its largest margin of victory this season at 32 points. The Tribe outrebounded the Ramblers by 24 — also a season-high.


TORRES TEARS IT UP


Junior newcomer Levys Torres grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to lead all FSU players vs. Chicago State. Torres played 21 minutes off of the bench and added five points to her effort.


FROM BEYOND THE ARC


Sophomore April Traylor hit a career-high four three-pointers against Florida as the Tribe (5-16) outshot the Lady Gators (4-7) from three point land.


SECOND HALF TEAM?


Against Oakland, Mercer, Loyola and St. John’s, FSU had amazing shooting performances in the second half. FSU shot 63 percent against Loyola (24-38) and Mercer (20-32) while against Oakland, the Seminoles shot 62 percent on 23-for-37. In the St. John’s game, FSU went 12-of-20 for 60 percent. The Tribe also committed a season-low 13 turnovers against Oakland.


THE SUTTON-TRAYLOR SHOW


The guard duo of Angela Sutton and April Traylor put on a show in the second half of the Mercer game. The two combined for 25 of FSU’s 49 second half points and went 10-16 from the field.


SEMINOLES FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA


Florida State has three players on its roster from the state of Florida. Vanessa Fuchs hails from Pompano Beach, freshman Shinikki Whiting, the 1999 Miss Florida Basketball and state Class 5A player of the year is from Clearwater and freshman Lauren Bradley, the state Class 6A player of the year and runner up to Whiting for Miss Florida Basketball, is from Lake Mary. Each have started this season.


THE STARTING LINE-UP


Florida State has had eight different starting lineups so far this season, but the same five have started the past seven games.


TulsaTraylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
USFTraylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
UT-Chatt.Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
OaklandSpringle-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
MercerTraylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
FloridaTraylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Bradley-Coleman
LoyolaTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Chicago St.Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Vujas-Coleman
St. John’sTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff- Bradley-Coleman
FIUTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Wake ForestTraylor-Fuchs-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
NC StateTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
VirginiaTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
MarylandTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Ga. TechTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
UNCTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
DukeTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
ClemsonTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
AuburnTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman

SUTTON HAS CAREER HIGH


Sophomore Angela Sutton was unstoppable in the second half of the Oakland game. The guard scored 15 of her career-high 19 points in the second half. She added five rebounds, five steals and three assists to her effort.


WHITING WOWS ‘EM


After starting the first two games of the season, Shinikki Whiting came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points and helped the Seminoles overcome a 17-point deficit to defeat Oakland, 99-90. Whiting also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.


SPRINGLE SPRINGS IT ON ‘EM


Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle not only scored a career-high 16 points against Oakland, but the total was the first time in her career that she has scored in double digits and she doubled her previous high of eight points vs. USF last year.


COLEMAN EARNS SEASON’S FIRST ACC HONOR


Latavia Coleman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, November 22, after leading the Seminoles to victory in their season-opener.

Coleman scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in FSU’s 77-70 win over visiting Tulsa. Coleman shot 80 percent from the field on 12-of-15 shooting, 62 percent from the free throw line on 8-of-13 and added a block and a steal to her nine rebounds in 33 minutes.


30-POINT CLUB AGAIN


Latavia Coleman ‘s 32 points vs. Tulsa makes it the third time the forward has earned 30-Point Club honors. Coleman did it twice last season with 30 vs. No. 3 La. Tech and a career-high 38 vs. No. 8 North Carolina.


RADIO SCHEDULE FEATURES 10 GAMES


Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM

WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 10 Florida State women’s basketball regular-season games for the 1999-2000 season, beginning with the home opener vs. Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 19th at 7 p.m.

Newcomer Todd Van Dyke will provide the play-by-play for Florida State while former Seminole Liberty Taylor will serve as color analyst for the second straight season.

The remaining radio schedule is as follows:
Feb. 3 Wake Forest – 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17 at Georgia Tech – 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 24 at Duke – 7:00 p.m.


ON THE TUBE


Florida State will have seven regular-season games televised this season.

The Talent:
SUN – Tom Block and Debbie Antonelli
RSN – Dave Johnson and Debbie Antonelli (Sunday games),
Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli (Monday games)

The remaining schedule:
Feb. 13 MARYLAND (RSN) – 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 NORTH CAROLINA (SUN) – 7:00 p.m.


ACC PRESEASON POLL

1. North Carolina320
2. NC State302
3. Virginia260
4. Duke208
5. Georgia Tech192
6. Clemson166
7. FLORIDA STATE110
8. Maryland88
9. Wake Forest64


SCORING MARGIN


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The Seminoles Record When…


At home:3-7
On the road:4-4
Neutral sites:1-0
vs. ACC:1-7
Non-Conference:7-4
Home ACC:1-4
Road ACC:0-3
Shooting 50% or better:3-1
Shooting below 50%:5-10
Opponent shoots 50% or better:1-3
Opponent shoots below 50%:7-7
Outrebound opponent:6-5
Outrebounded:2-6
Rebounds are tied:0-0
vs. Top 25 opponents:0-1
vs. Top 10 opponents:0-2
Leading at halftime:6-3
Trailing at halftime:1-7
Tied at halftime:1-1
In overtime:0-0
Playing during the day:2-2
Playing at night:6-9
November:3-2
December:2-1
January:1-8
February:0-0
Monday:0-3
Tuesday:2-1
Wednesday:1-1
Thursday:2-2
Friday:1-1
Saturday:1-0
Sunday:2-2
On Television:1-4
On Radio:4-8
Longest winning streak:4
Longest losing streak:4
Largest margin of victory:32
Largest margin of defeat:12

SUPERLATIVES

Double-Double


Latavia Coleman
13 pts, 11 rbs vs. St. John’s


Brooke Wyckoff
12 pts, 10 rbs vs. NC State
18 pts, 10 rbs vs. Virginia


30 or more points


Latavia Coleman
32 vs. Tulsa


20 or more points


April Traylor
28 vs. UT Chattanooga
22 vs. Florida
23 vs. NC State
22 vs. Georgia Tech


Latavia Coleman
21 vs. South Florida
26 vs. Florida
20 vs. Loyola
28 vs. Maryland
20 vs. North Carolina


Shinikki Whiting

21 vs. Oakland

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