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FSU Set to Host Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic

November 21, 1998

Florida State, Kent State, Long Beach State and Florida International starring in the 2nd Annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic.


Sunday & Monday, November 22-23, 1998

Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Sunday, Nov. 24th

Kent State vs. Florida International, 2 p.m.
Florida State vs. Long Beach State, 4 p.m.


Monday, Nov. 23rd

Consolation Game, 6 p.m.

Championship Game, 8 p.m.

FSU LEADING LADIES

               
24  G   Jen Robinson         11.5 ppg, 2.5 apg
12  G   April Traylor        13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
41  F   Tamara Gracey         9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
21  F   Brooke Wyckoff      10.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg
30  F   Latavia Coleman     21.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg

SUPPORTING CAST

23  F   Arleshia Davidson     7.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
10  G   Val Linleym           1.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
33  G/F Vanessa Fuchs         1.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg
00  G   Lakesha Springle      0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
11  G   Angela Sutton         0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
15  G   Sandra Ulysse                      dnp
25  G/F Lako Brown                         dnp
51  C   Lea Bennett                        dnp


Florida State * 1-1

11/14, W, Tulsa, 76-67

11/19, L, La. Tech, 72-88

VS.

Long Beach State * 2-0

11/13, W, Fresno State, 72-56

11/17, W, Weber State, 70-47


Kent State * 2-0

11/14, W, Bucknell, 81-54

11/17, W, Eastern Michigan, 86-73

VS.

Florida International * 2-1

11/13, W, Mount St. Mary’s, 85-54

11/14, W, Howard, 77-44

11/18, L, Miami 67-69


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.


It’s a passion that quickly became contagious.


“But that Seminole spirit, that sense that victory is in that next shot, that next pass, that next steal…” one sportswriter wrote about the Seminoles.


Semrau believed in the team and soon the team began to believe in itself and then the results became evident. In just one season at the helm, Semrau led Florida State to its most victories since 1992-93 and its best ACC record and finish since 1992-93, including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent.


Prior to coming to Florida State, Semrau served three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin under Badger Head Coach Jane Albright-Dieterle. Semrau joined Albright-Dieterle at Northern Illinois in 1991 where she assisted in leading NIU to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

LAST YEAR’S CLASSIC RESULTS

Friday, Dec. 5

FIU 83, Georgia 68

FSU 72, Charleston Southern 51


Saturday, Dec. 6

Georgia 97, Charleston Southern 61

FIU 66, FSU 63

Most Valuable Player

Gergana Branzova, FIU


THE SERIES

Florida State versus:

Long Beach State: first meeting

Florida International: 4-1

Kent State: 1-0


THE PARTICIPANTS

FLORIDA STATE

1998-99 Record: 1-0

1997-98 Record: 9-18

Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2

Head Coach Sue Semrau

School Record: 10-19/2nd

Career Record: 10-19/2nd


LONG BEACH STATE

1998-99 Record: 2-0

1997-98 Record: 7-19

Starters Returning/Lost: 5/0

Head Coach Dallas Boychuk

School Record: 35-49/4th

Career Record: 35-49/4th


FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

1998-99 Record: 2-1

1997-98 Record: 29-2

Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3

Head Coach Cindy Russo

School Record: 402-135/20th

Career Record: 442-166/22nd


KENT STATE

1998-99 Record: 2-0

1997-98 Record: 23-7

Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3

Head Coach Bob Lindsay

School Record: 166-97/10th

Career Record: 166-97/10th


LAST TIME OUT:

COLEMAN HAS CAREER NIGHT AS FSU FALLS TO #3 LOUISIANA TECH

Florida State junior Latavia Coleman scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but the Florida State Seminoles fell to No.3 Louisiana Tech, 88-72, in front of 1,097 fans at the Leon County Civic Center on Thursday.


“This game was extremely what I thought it would be,” Louisiana Tech Head Coach Leon Barmore said. “I wasn’t at all surprised by Florida State’s play. Sue Semrau has them going in the right direction.”


Ten Lady Techsters scored in the first half, led by Christie Sides’ 10 points, as Louisiana Tech took a 43-33 lead at halftime. The Seminoles trailed by 15 at 30-15 with eight minutes to play in the first half, but did not quit. A motivated FSU ran off nine straight to pull within six with 5:49 to play and kept the La. Tech advantage to under 10 points until the final 40 seconds of the half and although down by 10 points, were very much still in the game. Coleman led all scorers with 12 points at the break.


Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 16 point advantage at 51-35 to open the second half, but the Tribe again rallied and pulled to within six points twice with just under 10 minutes to play. Trailing 70-62 at 7:56, FSU allowed the Techsters to score seven of the game’s next eight points as Louisiana Tech once again built a double-digit lead at 15 points. The Seminoles got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.


The Seminoles outrebounded the Techsters 46-41 but Louisiana Tech shot 49 percent for the game. FSU’s Jen Robinson scored 10 points while sophomore Brooke Wyckoff grabbed 15 rebounds to lead all players. For La. Tech, Shaka Massey scored 20 points and Tamicha Jackson added 11 while Monica Maxwell led in rebounding with eight.


“I am extremely proud of these young ladies,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We followed our game plan and executed for much of the game. To be in the game as long as we were against Louisiana Tech is very positive at this point in the season. We hope to get better with each game. I was encouraged with what I saw out there tonight.”


TRAYLOR PEGGED ACC ROOKIE OF WEEK

League officials announced Monday that Florida State freshman April Traylor, of Martinsville, Indiana, was named this season’s first Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week after leading the Seminoles to a 76-67 victory over Tulsa in the squad’s season-opener on Saturday.


Traylor, a 5-10 guard, scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three-point range. She grabbed seven rebounds and posted a team-high six steals while also contributing two assists in 36 minutes of play.


LATE BLOOMER

Returning leading scorer Latavia Coleman didn’t score her first point against Tulsa until the 10:34 mark in the second half. The junior made up for last time however, picking up 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 27 minutes of play.


THE TULSA GAME

Freshman guard April Traylor scored a game-high 23 points as she led the Seminoles to a 76-67 victory over Tulsa at the Expo Squar Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Traylor also added seven rebounds, six steals and two assists to her debut.


Early foul trouble forced returning leading scorere Latavia Coleman to the bench as the junior forward recorded one rebound in just eight minutes of action in the first half. The Tribe trailed by as many as seven points in the first 20 minutes, in a half that saw nine ties, and went into the lockerroom down by one at 35-34.


Traylor hit a jumper to open the second half and followed with a three-pointer to give Florida State a four-point lead and FSU never trailed again. Tulsa tied the game at 52-52 with 8:58 to play, but the Seminoles scored 13 of the game’s next 15 points and took a comfortable 11 point lead. The Golden Hurricane got no closer than six points the rest of the way.


Coleman rallied for 12 second-half points while senior Jen Robinson and sophomore Brooke Wyckoff contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively. Coleman and Wyckoff led the team with nine rebounds apiece while senior Tamara Gracey, a transfer from Tulsa, scored four points and grabbed eight boards. Senior guard Val Linley led the team with five assists.


FSU IN EXHIBITION ACTION

Florida State went 1-1 in exhibition play this preseason. The Tribe downed the Mexican National Team 101-73 on November 3rd and fell 89-75 to Athletes in Action on November 8th. See attached box scores.


FSU NO. 50 IN BASKETBALL NEWS PRESEASON POLL

Florida State was selected the No. 50 team in the nation in the Basketball News preseason Top 64 poll in the publication’s first-ever preview magazine.


AYE, AYE CAPTAIN

The Florida State captains, as chosen by their teammates, are senior guards Jen Robinson and Val Linley.


DAVIDSON IS BACK

After having steel rods placed in both legs and undergoing a knee scope during preseason, senior Arleshia Davidson is back on the playing floor. In the season-opener, she scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in 10 minutes of play.


1998-99 MEDIA PRESEASON PREDICTED ACC TEAM FINISHES

SCHOOL              PTS
1. Duke             207
2. Virginia         182
3. North Carolina   175
4. NC State         140
5. Clemson          136
6. Florida State     79
7. Maryland          76
8. Georgia Tech      53
9. Wake Forest       32

COLEMAN’S A SECOND TEAM PICK

Junior Latavia Coleman, the ACC’s returning leading scorer at 17.7 ppg, was selected a Media Preseason All-Conference second team pick. Coleman has earned ACC honors in each of her first two seasons. She was a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team in 1997 and a All-ACC Second Team selection in 1998.


LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

The Tribe will have 16 games either televised on Sunshine Network or aired on WNLS-AM 1270 Radio this season. Here’s the schedule:

11/19   Louisiana Tech (SUN)       7 p.m.
12/5    North Carolina (SUN)       6 p.m.
12/14   South Florida (SUN)     7:30 p.m.
1/2     at Georgia Tech (SUN)      2 p.m.
1/25    Duke (RSN)                 7 p.m.
1/31    Georgia Tech (RSN)     12:30 p.m.
2/4     at NC State (SUN)          7 p.m.
2/7     Clemson (SUN)              5 p.m.
2/11    at Florida (SUN)           7 p.m.

WNLS Radio (1270 AM)

12/2 at Duke 7 p.m. 12/30 at Georgia 7:30 p.m. 1/7 at Clemson 7 p.m. 1/14 Wake Forest 7 p.m. 1/22 Virginia 7 p.m. 1/28 at North Carolina 7 p.m. 2/18 Maryland 7 p.m

FOUR BIG SIGNINGS

Florida State women’s basketball Head Coach Sue Semrau has announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles next season. Shinikki Whiting of Clearwater, FL (Clearwater), Lauren Bradley of Lake Mary, FL (Lake Mary), Katelyn Vujas of Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth) and Molly Beal of Mission Hills, KS (Pembroke) will wear the garnet and gold in 1999-2000.


Whiting, a Street and Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American, is a 5-9 guard from Clearwater High School. A two-time All-State and All-County Player of the Year, Whiting also earned Florida Class 5A Player of the Year honors last season. Whiting, who has already established the scoring record at Clearwater with 1,788 points, holds career averages of 19.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game through her three-year career. The record-holder in 11 individual school records, Whiting was invited to the USA Basketball World Youth Games Trial last year. Whiting, whose father Mike was a running back at Florida State from 1979-81, plays for Tom Shaneyfelt at Clearwater High School and was coached by Craig Keeler on the Tampa Bay Shooters AAU Team.


Bradley, a 1998 All-USA Today Team selection, is a 6-3 center from Lake Mary High School. The two-time first team All-State honoree holds career averages of 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. A 1998 member of the All-Southeast Team, Bradley is a three-time All-Conference selection and was named the 1997 and 1998 Orlando Sentinel Seminole County Player of the Year. Bradley is coached by Carl Brown at Lake Mary and intends to major in Criminal Justice at Florida State.


Vujas, a 6-3 center from Wadsworth High School, earned first team All-State honors in 1997 and 1998 and helped lead her team to the 1997 Division I state championship. The Northeast Ohio Inland District Player of the Year, Vujas has scored 1,127 career points, which makes her a member of Wadsworth High School’s 1,000 point club and ranks 11th on Medina County all-time career scoring list. A member of the 1998 AAU 17 and Under Junior Olympics National Championship team, Vujas was also a 1998 USA Basketball World Youth Games Trial invitee. Vujas, who would like to major in the area of Communications, is coached by Todd Osborn at Wadworth High School and Dan Lewis on her AAU team, the Columbus Lions.


Beal, a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American, will come to Florida State from Pembroke High School in Mission Hills, Kansas. A two-time, first team All-State selection, Beal averaged 20.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game as she led her team to a 25-4 record in 1998. The 5-11 guard is coached by Mark Spigarelli at Pembroke and Bob Benson of the Kansas Belles AAU Team.

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