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FSU Women Waiting To Battle Virginia Sunday

Jan. 8, 2000

Seminoles host the Virginia Cavaliers

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000

Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center

2 p.m.

WNLS SportsRadio AM 1270

The Series

Florida State is winless in 18 tries vs. the Cavaliers, but recent games have been very competitive. Since Head Coach Sue Semrau’s arrival, FSU has fallen to Virginia by an average of just 11.8 points.

1999-2000 Record: 7-5, 0-2
1998-99 Record: 7-20

School Record: 23-43/3rd
Career Record: samefor the record

1999-2000 Record: 10-4, 1-1
1998-99 Record: 20-9

School Record: 511-178/22nd
Career Record: same

The Seminoles will continue Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road with a 7:30 p.m. meeting at Maryland on Wednesday, January 12th. The game will be aired on Sunshine Network.Florida State is winless in 18 tries vs. the Cavaliers, but recent games have been very competitive. Since Head Coach Sue Semrau’s arrival, FSU has fallen to Virginia by an average of just 11.8 points.


“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 came from 12 down and trailed by just two points with 23.1 seconds to play, but the Seminoles fell 62-58 to No. 3 NC State in Atlantic Coast Conference action Thursday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Florida State’s April Traylor led all players with 23 points.

The Seminoles played patient ball in the first half. NC State got on the board first, but Florida State stayed right with the country’s third-ranked team for the first 10 minutes of the game and took a 15-14 lead with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half. The Wolfpack responded with a 6-0 run to take their largest lead at that point at 20-15 with 6:40 remaining. The Tribe did not get rattled and fought back to tie the game at 20-20. The remaining 4:28 of the half saw both teams go on streaks. It was NC State’s turn first as the Wolfpack built a 27-20 advantage on seven straight points. The Tribe closed out the half with their own 7-0 run and tied the game at 27-27 at the break. FSU had the advantage in nearly every statistical category, including 19-13 in rebounding. The Seminoles had the edge in shooting, 37 to 31 percent. April Traylor led FSU with nine points while Brooke Wyckoff had seven boards. NC State’s Tynesha Lewis led the way with seven points and Summer Erb had three rebounds.

The first three minutes of the second half saw two ties and two leads changes and then the Wolfpack made a run. With the score tied at 31-31, NC State rallied for seven straight points to go up 39-31 at the 15:51 mark. FSU pulled to within 40-38 three minutes later, but allowed the Wolfpack to score the game’s next 10 and fell behind by 12 — NC State’s largest advantage. The Wolfpack would find out that no lead is big enough as Traylor practically took over for the Seminoles and scored nine of her game-high 23 to help cut the NC State lead to just two at 54-52 with 4:39 remaining. The Tribe would tie the game at 56-56 with 2:15 to play and 58-58 a minute later. With 47 seconds to go and trailing 60-58, FSU’s Angela Sutton missed two free throws to tie the game. The Seminoles had another opportunity to tie with 20 seconds to play, but the Wolfpack forced a turnover. FSU had to foul and NC State hit two free throws for the four-point win.

NC State had three players score in double figures with both Kaayla Chones and Tynesa Lewis scoring 17 points. Chones also led the Wolfpack with eight rebounds.

Aside from Traylor, Wyckoff was the only other FSU player to score in double figures. She had 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. FSU outrebounded NC State, 33-30.

FSU Probable starters

11 G Angela Sutton 9.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
12 G April Traylor 13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.3 apg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff 10.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman 17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg
13 C Levys Torres 3.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg


10 G Lakesha Springle 3.8 ppg, 1.5 apg
20 C Katelyn Vujas 6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg
23 G Shinikki Whiting 5.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 1.6 ppg, 0.7 rpg
32 G Molly Beal 2.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
25 G/F Lako Brown 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
51 C Lea Bennett 0.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg
44 C Lauren Bradley 8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg * out 4-6 wks


GAME ONE: After trailing by as many as 20 points, Florida State cut the Virginia lead to four points with just under five minutes to play but fell 80-71 to the #19 Cavaliers in ACC action at the Leon County Civic Center on Friday, Jan. 22.

The first half belonged to Virginia as the Cavaliers jumped to an early lead and were up 22-6 lead at the 8:09 mark. The Seminoles could not get their rhythm offensively, shooting 25 percent for the half and trailed UVA 36-21 at the break. The Cavaliers shot 48 percent in the first 20 minutes and were led by DeMya Walker’s 11 points.

The Seminoles found themselves down 47-27 with 16:15 to play in the second half and then went to work. FSU outscored Virginia 14-5 and pulled to within 11 points at 52-41 at the 12:09 mark. The Tribe pulled to within single digits for the first time at 56-47 off of an April Traylor three-pointer. Traylor was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. It was Traylor’s free throws with 4:42 to play that made the score 64-60, but an 11-3 UVA run put the Cavaliers up by double digits once again and FSU got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Traylor led the way for FSU with 19 points while Tamara Gracey added 18 and a team-high seven rebounds. Jen Robinson also tallied double figures with 12 points. For UVA, Walker led the way with 19 points while Erin Stovall had 13 and both Lesley Brown and Monick Foote had 10 points.

GAME TWO: Despite a strong showing, the Florida State Seminoles fell 55-73 to No. 17 Virginia in Charlottesville on February 21st.

Florida State scored first but then went down 2-8 to the Cavaliers. After trading baskets to make the score 4-10 at the 17:12 mark, the Tribe held UVA scoreless for 6:12 as FSU ran off 11 straight points to take a 15-10 lead. The Seminoles biggest lead was nine at 25-16 with 3:40 left in the first half. The Tribe didn’t score for the remainder of the half and the Cavs scored five to pull within 25-21 at the break.

FSU maintained a lead until the 12:18 mark of the second half when UVA’s Lisa Hosac nailed a three pointer to give the Cavaliers a 40-39 advantage. UVA hit two more straight threes, amidst a 15-0 run, giving the Cavs a 57-40 lead at the 7:55 mark. The Tribe was held to just 15 points the rest of the game. FSU again struggled from the free throw line, going 5 for 17 in the second half and 7-for-20 for the game.

Tamara Gracey led the way for FSU with 15 points while Brooke Wyckoff added 13 points and seven boards and April Traylor had 11 points.


Freshman Lauren Bradley suffered a fracture to her right foot during the NC State game and will be out 4-to-6 weeks. Bradley is averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.


The Seminoles continue to struggle from the free throw line. The Tribe went 18-for-30 in its four-point loss to No. 3 NC State. They shot a season-low 55 percent from the free throw line in the Chicago State game and a season-high 77 percent vs. FIU. FSU is shooting just 64 percent on the season from the charity stripe.


Of FSU’s 14 losses to NC State since 1991-92, Thursday’s four-point game was the closest margin. FSU’s closest game vs. Virginia was the second game of the 1997-98 season when the Tribe took the Cavaliers into overtime, but fell by seven, 83-76.


Leading scorer Latavia Coleman has been held to single digits for two straight games, but the Tribe has had players emerge. In its 12 games, four different players have led the team in scoring, while five different players have held the rebounding honors.


FSU had big runs to open the second halves of the St. John’s and FIU games. Against the Red Storm, the Tribe had a 10-0 start while against FIU, the Seminoles ran off 11 unanswered points.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Junior starter Brooke Wyckoff, who broke the pinky finger on her right hand in practice on Nov. 4th and had pins surgically placed to repair the injury, made her season-debut against the Gators. She scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes of play off of the bench. She also had two assists, a block and a steal.

Wyckoff seems to be getting back to form. She re-entered the starting lineup vs. Loyola and has scored in double figures in four of the last six games.


Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.3 assists per game leads the team and is among the leaders in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.5 ppg, recorded a career-high nine assists in the Chicago State game.


Latavia Coleman came back to the court this season on a mission! She not only leads the team in scoring, but is among the leaders in the ACC as well. She has scored in double figures in 10 of 12 games, including a season-high 32 in the season-opener vs. Tulsa.


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 eight of 12 games this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:

Tulsa 48-36 +12 Cole./Brad. 9
USF 33-36 -3 Bradley/Torres 7
UT-Chattanooga 45-34 +9 Coleman 9
Oakland 39-30 +9 Vujas 8
Mercer 35-29 +6 Bradley 9
Florida 33-48 -15 Coleman
Loyola 52-28 +24 Col/Brad/Vuj 8
Chicago State 48-33 +15 Torres 9
St. John’s 45-47 -2 Coleman 11
FIU 38-44 -6 Torres 8
Wake Forest 47-36 +9 Wyckoff 11
NC State 33-30 +3 Wyckoff 10


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.


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 Tribe was within two points with under two minutes to play against Florida, but had to foul down the stretch which created the final eight-point deficit. Eight points is the closest FSU has played UF since the 81-78 loss back in 1992-93.


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.


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.


Florida State has had seven different starting lineups so far this season.

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USF Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
UT-Chatt. Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
Oakland Springle-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
Mercer Traylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
Florida Traylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Bradley-Coleman
Loyola Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Chicago St. Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Vujas-Coleman
St. John’s Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff- Bradley-Coleman
FIU Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Wake Forest Traylor-Fuchs-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
NC State Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman


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.


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.


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.


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. 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.


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.


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:

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.

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:

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.


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

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