Nov. 12, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau announced Wednesday the signing of Christie Lautsch and Tiffiny Buckelew to National Letters of Intent. Lautsch is a 6-4 power forward from Campbell High School in Smyrna, Ga., while Buckelew is a 5-11 shooting guard from Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tenn.
“We’re really excited with the signing of both of these players,” Semrau said. “They fill an important need that we have. With the young talent that we have, these players are going to be great compliments at their positions. Christie is a very mobile post who can step out and shoot the three, yet at 6-4, she is big enough and strong enough to go down low and play on the inside as well. Tiffiny is a great shooter which is something we really need. With players like Shante (Williams), who can penetrate, and Alicia Gladden, who is going to be such a slasher for us, I think Tiffiny will ensure that our perimeter players are the ones out there being defended. The threat that she will provide from the outside will keep the defense honest. Both Christie and Tiffiny have a tremendous work ethic and are intelligent players. They are exactly what we need to compliment the group that we brought in last year. I think we got exactly what we needed.”
Lautsch averaged 20.0 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior and earned 5A all-state first team and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors in 2003. Lautsch was a second team all-state selection in 2002. As a freshman, she was an Adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star and also earned all-county and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors. Breakdown Magazine ranks Lautsch the 9th best post in the country and the No. 40th player overall. She is ranked No. 51 by Blue Star Index and No. 65 in All Star Girls Report.
Buckelew will come to Florida State via Bradley Central High School, a program that has produced such college standouts at FSU’s own Angela Sutton, Clemson’s Amy Geren and Vanderbilt’s Paige Redman. A shooting guard, Buckelew averaged 18.0 points per game along with 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a junior and recorded her 1000th point during the past season while earning all-district and all-region honors.