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FSU Women Hit The Road To Take On Mercer Tuesday

Nov. 29, 1999



Seminoles vs. the Mercer Bears

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999

7 p.m.

Sportsradio WNLS AM 1270

Porter Gym — Macon, Ga.


The Series

Mercer has a 6-1 advantage in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. These two clubs have not met since the 1983-84 season. That year, FSU defeated Mercer, 66-57, in Tallahassee.

THE SCORES:

1973-74, L, 45-64 1976-77, L, 53-96 1978-79, L, 73-83 1979-80, L, 86-100 and L, 75-84 1983-84, W, 66-57

FSU Probable starters

11 G Angela Sutton 9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg
12 G April Traylor 17.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg
10 G Lakesha Springle 6.3 ppg, 1.8 apg
OR 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman 21.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg
20 C Katelyn Vujas 7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg


COMING OFF THE BENCH

23 G Shinikki Whiting 8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
44 C Lauren Bradley 6.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg
13 C Levys Torres 2.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
32 G Molly Beal 2.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg
25 G/F Lako Brown 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
51 C Lea Bennett 1.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg*

*injured – 98-99 averages

For The Record

FLORIDA STATE

1999-2000 Record 2-2
1998-99 Record 7-20


HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
School Record 18-40/3rd
Career Record same
Mercer
1999-2000 4-1
1998-99 Record 9-18


HEAD COACH BILLY HOLMES
School Record 60-82/6th
Career Record same


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
Led by freshman Shinikki Whiting’s career-high 21 points and sophomores Angela Sutton (career-high 19) and Lakesha Springle (career-high 16), the Florida State women’s basketball team overcame an early 17-point deficit to top Oakland 99-90 in the consolation game of the Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic. The win puts FSU at an even 2-2 while Oakland falls to 2-3.

Florida State was forced to play without two starters in the contest. Junior Brooke Wyckoff, who has been sidelined all season with a broken pinky, dressed but was not cleared to play by the officials due to her casted right hand, while sophomore April Traylor suffered a severe migraine during the day which required hospitalization. She was released from the hospital a couple of hours prior to tipoff. With that and the recent losses, FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau decided to shake up the lineup a bit and started Vanessa Fuchs, Levys Torres and Lakesha Springle in place of Shinikki Whiting, Lauren Bradley and the absent Traylor. Florida State was out of sync in the opening minutes and Oakland took advantage of it. After scoring the game’s first six points, the Golden Grizzlies built an early 17-point lead at 22-5 at the 14:16 mark. Due much to the fine play of Whiting, the Seminoles fought their way back into the game. A Whiting three-pointer at the 5:05 mark cut the Oakland lead to single digits at 36-29 and FSU trailed by just five at 46-41 at the half. Whiting led all players with 12 first half points.

The Tribe fell behind by eight early in the second half before Sutton, who practically took over the game with 14 points in the second half, tied the game at 56-56 with a layup at the 14:14 mark. A Sutton jumpshot with 10:33 to play gave FSU its first lead at 66-65 and the Tribe went on to build a five-point advantage. Oakland forced two more lead changes before the Seminoles took the lead for good at 84-83 on a driving layup by Sutton with 4:31 left in the game. FSU made its free throws down the stretch and came away with the nine-point win.

FSU committed a season-low 13 turnovers and outrebounded Oakland 39-30. The Tribe shot an amazing 62 percent in the second half and finished at 52 percent for the game. Senior Latavia Coleman rebounded from a disappointing first half to finish with 16 points and seven rebounds for the game. Freshman Katelyn Vujas had 10 points and a team-high eight boards off of the bench.


1999 CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Angela Sutton Florida State
April Traylor Florida State
Damita Bullock UT-Chattanooga
Taru Tuukkanen Xaxier
Sarah Judd Oakland

MVP: Nicole Levandusky, Xavier


THE OAKLAND BOX

Oakland 46 44 90
Florida State 41 58 99

11-27-99
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GAME 4

OAKLAND

Min. FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB A PF TP
Ruffing 24 6-10 1-3 4-6 2-1-3 0 3 17
Martin 26 0-0 0-0 3-4 1-5-6 4 4 3
Ahlgren 25 7-13 2-8 3-4 1-2-3 3 5 19
Wolfe 36 3-12 3-6 4-4 0-2-2 0 1 13
Judd 29 9-12 2-3 2-2 2-5-7 2 4 22
Barok 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-1-1 1 1 1
Skut 13 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1-1 1 1 0
Clint 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-1-2 0 2 2
Zeone 25 4-8 0-1 1-2 1-1-2 1 2 9
Herman. 11 1-4 0-0 2-2 0-0-0 0 2 4
Wooldrik 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0-0 0 0 0
TOTALS 200 31-61 8-22 20-26 10-20-30 12 25 90
(Pct.) (.508) (.364) (.769)

FLORIDA STATE

Min. FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB A PF TP
Springle 36 4-7 0-0 8-10 0-3-3 3 0 16
Sutton 33 8-12 1-1 2-3 3-2-5 3 3 19
Torres 9 0-0 0-0 0-2 1-1-2 0 2 0
Coleman 28 6-17 0-0 4-4 2-5-7 3 2 16
Whiting 28 8-13 1-3 4-7 3-2-5 3 4 21
Beal 6 2-4 1-3 0-0 0-0-0 0 4 5
Vujas 22 4-6 0-0 2-2 2-6-8 1 1 10
Bradley 18 2-6 0-0 1-4 3-2-5 2 2 5
Bennett 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0-0 0 0 3
Brown 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0-0 1 0 0
TOTALS 200 37-71 4-10 21-32 16-23-39 16 21 99
(Pct.) (.521) (.400) (.656)


GOING HOME
Senior Latavia Coleman is heading home. The Macon, Ga., native will be playing in front of her hometown crown when the Seminoles meet Mercer. Coleman attended Southwest High School.


REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL
Florida State has outrebounded its opponent in three of four games this season. In the season-opener, FSU outrebounded Tulsa by 12, 48-36. Against both UT-Chattanooga and Oakland, it was by nine boards.


VUJAS TO VISIT STARTING LINE-UP
After scoring 10 points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds in the Oakland game, Katelyn Vujas is slated to start against Mercer. The freshman is averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game off the bench


FUCHS EARNS FIRST CAREER START
Junior Vanessa Fuchs earned her first career start against Oakland and scored the team’s first five points. Fuchs is averaging 10.8 minutes of action a game– nearly double of what she averaged last season.


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 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 and 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.


SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT & TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Thanks to 62 percent shooting in the second half, Florida State shot a season-high 52 percent for the game vs. Ookland. The Tribe also committed just 13 turnovers in the high-scoring game.


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, a senior from Macon, Georgia, scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in FSU’s 77-70 win over visiting Tulsa on Friday. 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 of play. The 32 points marks the third time in her career that Coleman has scored 30 or more points in a game. She did it twice last year with 30 vs. No. 3 La. Tech and 38 vs. No. 8 North Carolina.


WYCKOFF STILL OUT
Junior starter Brooke Wyckoff broke the pinky finger on her right hand practice on Nov. 4th and had pins surgically placed to repair the injury. Wyckoff, from West Chester, Ohio, has been sidelined thus far this season. She had her cast taken off on Monday and should be cleared to play for the December 7th game vs. Florida.

Wyckoff is a two-year starter for Florida State and was second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game and first on the squad in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game last season. The 6-1 junior was a starter on the USA Basketball World University Games Team this past summer and led the squad in rebounding at 7.0 rpg.


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.


IN EXHIBITION ACTION

FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOPS MISSISSIPPI ALL STARS
In her first game since December 21, 1998, Florida State senior forward Latavia Coleman led all scorers with 23 points and added eight rebounds in the Seminoles’ 78-73 win over the Mississippi All Stars in front of 523 fans at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.


Florida State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held the All Stars scoreless until the 13:05 mark of the first half. The Seminoles built a 13-point advantage at 25-12 off of a layup by sophomore guard April Traylor, who had 10 first half points and 18 for the game. Three-point shooting and strong rebounding allowed the All Stars to pull within four points at 31-27 with 2:32 left in the first half, but FSU rallied for six straight unanswered points and went into the locker room with a 37-27 halftime lead.

The All Stars got to within three points, its closest margin of the game, when they scored the first seven points of the second half. The FSU lead remained single digits until the 6:07 mark, when a layup by Coleman started a 10-0 run for the Tribe, giving the Seminoles a 72-54 advantage. The All Stars, however, went on a run of their own in the final two minutes of the contest. Trailing by 17 at 78-61, the All Stars closed out the game with 12 straight points.

Freshman Lauren Bradley recorded a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Angela Sutton came off the bench to contribute 11 points. Freshman Katelyn Vujas added eight rebounds, sparking FSU with seven boards in seven minutes of play in the first half.


FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM DOWNS SLOVAN BRATISLAVA, 79-55
Led by freshman Lauren Bradley’s team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds, the Florida State women’s basketball team cruised to a 79-55 victory over Slovan Bratislava in exhibition action.

It took Florida State a few minutes to get things going in the game as the Seminoles found themselves down by five points twice in the game’s first six minutes. Trailing 4-9, the Tribe ran off eight straight points, by four different players, to take a three-point lead. On their next possession, Slovan hit a three to tie the game and a steal and a layup put them ahead by two at the 8:27 mark of the first half, but it would be their final advantage of the game. FSU outscored Slovan 18-8 the rest of the half and went into halftime leading 30-22. The Tribe was paced by sophomore guard Angela Sutton’s eight points and six steals in the first 20 minutes.

The Seminoles came out on fire in the second half, going on a 10-1 run to take a 17 point advantage at 40-23 with 17:05 remaining. Slovan pulled to within 13 points around the eight minute mark, but Florida State did not let up. A three-point basket by freshman Molly Beal put the Seminoles up by 20 at 65-45 with just over five minutes to play and FSU led by as least that many until its final 24-point margin. Bradley, who had seven points in 11 minutes of play in the first half, was unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. The Lake Mary, Fla., native scored 12 points and grabbed all eight of her rebounds in the second half. Senior Latavia Coleman contributed 13 points while Sutton finished the game with 12. Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle added 10 strong points off of the bench while sophomore guard April Traylor had 10 assists.

Florida State shot 51 percent for the game and outrebounded Slovan 47-31 after being outrebounded by two boards at halftime.


WHO DID WHAT IN THE PRESEASON

Lauren Bradley 14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
April Traylor 13.0 ppg, 7.0 apg
Latavia Coleman 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Angela Sutton 11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Lakesha Springle 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg
Shinikki Whiting 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Levys Torres 4.0 ppg, 4 rpg ( one game)
Katelyn Vujas 3.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Molly Beal 3.5 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Lea Bennett 0.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg


COLEMAN COMES BACK STRONG
Latavia Coleman looked as if she’d never been injured when she stepped onto the court vs. the Mississippi All Stars. Coleman scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Only April Traylor played more minutes with 32.


SUTTON STEALS ‘EM
Sophomore guard Angela Sutton, who got the start against Slovan Bratislava, recorded a career-high eight steals in the game. Sutton’s actual career high in steals is seven in last season’s finale vs. Duke.


FRESHMAN FEAR — NOT!
Rookie Lauren Bradley seemed to have no fear in exhibition action. The Lake Mary, Fla., native who earned Class 6A Player of the Year honors recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Mississippi All Stars and then led all FSU players with 19 points in the Slovan win. She earned starts in both contests.


RADIO SCHEDULE FEATURES 11 GAMES
Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM
WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 11 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.

Van Dyke is a native of Rochelle, Ill., but has lived in Tallahassee for the past five years. He is a marketing assistant in the Florida State Athletics Promotions Office.

Taylor, who hails from New Orleans, La., lettered for Florida State from 1991-95. This summer, she earned a master’s degree from FSU in Communications and is currently working at the Center for Professional Development on campus.

Aside from the Tallahassee area, the broadcasts can be heard via broadcast.com. Internet users can link to the site from the women’s basketball page at seminoles.com, the official website of Florida State Athletics.


The radio schedule is as follows:

Nov. 19 Tulsa 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 26 UT Chattanooga 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 27 Seminole Classic Game 2 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 30 at Mercer 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7 Florida 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 6 NC State 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 9 Virginia 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 20 at North Carolina 7:00 p.m.
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 schedule:

Dec. 7 FLORIDA (SUN) 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 12 at Maryland (SUN) 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 16 GEORGIA TECH (RSN) 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 DUKE (RSN) 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 CLEMSON (SUN) 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 13 MARYLAND (RSN) 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 NORTH CAROLINA (SUN) 7:00 p.m.


ACC PRESEASON POLL

1. North Carolina 320
2. NC State 302
3. Virginia 260
4. Duke 208
5. Georgia Tech 192
6. Clemson 166
7. FLORIDA STATE 110
8. Maryland 88
9. Wake Forest 64


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