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Fourth Annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic Gets Underway Saturday

Nov. 24, 2000

Tallahassee, Fla. –

TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT SEMINOLE CLASSIC
November 25-26, 2000

FSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GAME NOTES

FSU PROBABLE STARTERS 12, G April Traylor14.5 ppg, 3.5 apg 10, G Lakesha Springle3.0 ppg, 3.0 apg 13, C Levys Torres9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg 21, F Brooke Wyckoff16.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg 20, F Katelyn Vujas10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg

COMING OFF THE BENCH 22, G/F Vanessa Fuchs5.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg 4, G Petra Hofmann2.5 ppg, 2.0 apg 3, G Shinikki Whiting9.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg 25, G/F Lako Brown2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg 44, F Lauren Bradley5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg 32, G *Molly Bealinjured 24, G Kim Smallfirst year * out four weeks with injury

2000 SEMINOLE CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 25
Virginia Tech vs. Michigan St.	2 p.m.
Florida State vs. Chicago St.	4 p.m.
Sunday, November 26
Consolation Game		2 p.m.
Championship Game		4 p.m.

SEMINOLE CLASSIC HISTORY
1999
Champion	Xavier
Runner-up	UT-Chattanooga
MVP		Nicole Levandusky, Xavier
Results:	Xavier 80, Oakland 72
		UT-Chattanooga 78, FSU 69
		FSU 99, Oakland 90
		Xavier 80, UT-Chattanooga 65
1998
Champion	Florida International
Runner-up	Florida State
MVP		Zuzana Michalcova, FIU
Results:	FIU 79, Kent State 54
		FSU 94, Long Beach St. 64
		Kent St. 86, Long Beach St. 66
		FIU 75, FSU 62
1997
Champion	Florida International
Runner-up	Florida State
MVP		Gergana Branzova, FIU
Results:	FIU 83, Georgia 68
		FSU 72, Charleston Southern 51
		Georgia 97, Char. Southern 61
		FIU 66, FSU 63

FLORIDA STATE
2000-01 Record  	1-1
Starters Returning/Lost	3/2
Head Coach Sue Semrau
School Record	29-56/4th year
Career Record	same
Series Records vs. Classic Opponents
vs.  Chicago State:	FSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting:	FSU 73-49, Dec. 21, 1999
vs. Michigan State	MSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting:	MSU 82-69, Dec. 21, 1994
vs. Virginia Tech	FSU leads 10-8
Last Meeting:	FSU 76-52, Feb. 18, 1991

THE CLASSIC PARTICIPANTS QUICKLY:
CHICAGO STATE
2000-01 Record  	1-2
Starters Returning/Lost	4/1
Head Coach Bridgett Williams
School Record	1-29/2nd
Career Record	same
NOTES...
Notched first win in two years with 52-49 victory vs.
Illinois-Chicago...losses came to Eastern Michigan (79-53)
and Murray State (54-53)...team leader is junior Krisey
Sanders at 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

MICHIGAN STATE 2000-01 Record 1-1 Starters Returning/Lost 3/2 Head Coach Joanne McCallie School Record 1-1/1st Career Record 168-74/9th NOTES... Opened the season with a 76-50 win over Arkansas State... fell to Boston College 63-61...this weekend will be first road game of the season...team leaders are Becky Cummings (14.0 ppg) and Julie Pagel ( 8.5 rpg).

VIRGINIA TECH 2000-01 Record 2-0 Starters Returning/Lost 5/0 Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson School Record 72-24/3rd Career Record 72-24/3rd NOTES... Opened the season with two straight home wins, 72-51 over Liberty and 78-60 over James Madison... led by senior Tere Williams who is averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game...have just two seniors on the squad.

TRAYLOR SETS NEW HIGH
April Traylor had an impressive
outing from three-point land in the Florida game. The junior hit a
career-high five treys off of just eight attempts and finished the
game with 17 points. Her previous career-high was four, three-pointers
vs. Florida in the 1999 meeting.


NINE FROM BEYOND THE ARC
As a team, the Seminoles hit nine three pointers in the Florida game.
The FSU record stands at 11 treys vs. UT-Chattanooga on Nov. 26, 1993.
The last time FSU hit at least nine three-pointers in a game was vs.
Georgia Tech on Jan. 31, 1999.


LOPSIDED
The Seminoles committed 25 fouls in the UF game. The Lady Gators had
17 fouls and attempted 36 free throws for the game -- which is more
than any FSU opponent attempted last season. FSU attempted just 12
free throws and hit just six.


APRIL CUTTING DOWN HER TURNOVERS
Junior guard April Traylor, who played point
guard last season, will be cutting down her turnovers in her natural
two-guard position. In the three games she has played in so far
(including the first exhibition), Traylor is averaging just three
turnovers. She averaged 6.2 turnovers at the point last season.


WYCKOFF IS BECOMING GO-TO PLAYER
Senior Brooke Wyckoff has become much
more aggressive in the scoring department. The West Chester, Ohio,
native averaged 27.5 points in the two exhibitions, but also dished
off the ball with 4.5 assists per game. She averaged 10.8 points and
7.1 rebounds per game last season and after her 23-point performance
at Florida, is averaging a team-leading 16.5 points per game this
season.


WHITING SHOWS SIGNS OF GREATNESS
Sophomore Shinikki Whiting, who was not
expected to play until late December due to off-season knee surgery,
has seen action in both games this season and is averaging 14.5 points
per game. In the Florida game, Whiting sparked the Tribe, scoring
nine of FSU's final 14 points of the first half. She is averaging
9.0 points per game.


IN THE PAINT
With the added height to the roster the past couple of years,
Florida State's post game has shown vast improvement. In fact, in the
UNC-Asheville game, the Seminoles outscored the Bulldogs 42-22 in the
paint. FSU also took advantage of 25 UNC-A turnovers with 33 points
off of turnovers. The Tribe also recorded 12 fast-break points.



TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Florida State has already bettered its single-game turnover
mark from all of last season. The Seminoles committed just 12
turnovers, including just two in the first half, in its opener with
UNC-Asheville on Sunday. Last year's low was 13 vs. Oakland.


ASSIST TO TURNOVER RATIO
The Tribe had an impressive assist-to-turnover ratio in the
UNC-Asheville game. FSU recorded 23 assists and had just 12 turnovers.


EVERYONE PLAYS, EVERYONE SCORES
With the exception of walk on Kim Small, everyone available
to play for FSU on Sunday saw action. In fact, not only did all
11 players see minutes, but double-digit minutes and all 11
Seminoles scored in the 25-point win.


VUJAS HAS ALL-AROUND GAME
Sophomore Katelyn Vujas had 14 points, a
team-high eight rebounds and a career-high five assists in the opener
vs. UNC-Asheville. She also added two steals and had just two
turnovers in a team-high 27 minutes of play. Vujas shot 50 percent
from the field (5-for-10) and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.


BALANCED SCORING
With the loss of leading scorer Latavia Coleman's 16.1 points per game, the Seminoles are going to need to spread the ball and get points from
several players. They did just that in their opener as four players
tallied double figures.


BIG GAME FOR BROWN
Lako Brown tied her career-high for
minutes with 14 against UNC-Asheville. She also tied her career high
for points with four and set a new career-high with three rebounds.


VANESSA IS TOPS IN ACADEMICS
Senior Vanessa Fuchs garnered her
fourth-straight Golden Torch Award for the academic student-athlete
for women's basketball. Fuchs has maintained a 3.86 GPA in Media
Productions.


THE INJURY BUG
Unfortunately, the injury bug has struck the FSU women's
basketball team in the preseason. Sophomores Shinikki Whiting and Lauren Bradley have been slowed by injuries while sophomore Molly Beal is out of action for four more weeks. Whiting is recovering
from a torn ACL of her right knee suffered in the spring. Bradley
is still nursing a tender right foot while Beal underwent a right
knee scope in mid-October to remove bone fragments and will be out
four more weeks. Bradley and Whiting are both seeing action.


LEVYS LOOKING GOOD
Senior Levys Torres recorded a
career-high 17 rebounds to go along with her 14 points in FSU's
first exhibition vs. the Premier Players. The Colombia, South
America native also notched a double-double in the second
exhibition a with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Norkopping game.
Overall, she averaged 15.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals
per game in the preseason.

ACC PRESEASON POLL
1. Duke			322
2. Virginia		278
3. NC State		232
4. North Carolina	206
5. Clemson		174
6. Georgia Tech	        148
7. Maryland		120
8. Florida State	82
9. Wake Forest		46

EARLY SIGNING PERIOD GOOD TO THE NOLES
Florida State University women's basketball Head
Coach Sue Semrau has announced the signing of Street & Smith
All American Genesis Choice, a 6-2 post from Orlando, Fla.,
Street & Smith honorable mention All-American Jamil Burrell,
a 5-10 guard from Bartow, Fla., and LaQuinta Neely, a 5-8 point
guard from Laurens, S.C., to a National Letters of Intent to
play for the Seminoles in 2001-02.


DID YOU KNOW...
Seniors Brooke Wyckoff and Vanessa Fuchs were chosen team captains this season... the
Seminoles won their four games in Europe by an average of
47 points... FSU will have seven regular-season games on
television and 16 regular season games on radio.

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