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FSU’s Wyckoff And Torres Go International

Aug. 9, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the Florida State women’s basketball team prepares for its trip
to Europe, seniors Brooke Wyckoff and Levys Torres can give their teammates
a few pointers on international basketball, because both have gotten
international experience this summer.

According to Torres, the team needs to “play hard and be ready for
anything,” while Wyckoff’s advice was more specific.

“The biggest thing is that the game is really fast-paced,” Wyckoff
said. “They pass extremely well, are really good outside shooters and it
is a very physical game.”

Wyckoff spent her third straight summer with USA Basketball where
she was a co-captain and starter on the gold medal-winning Jones Cup Team
that competed in Taipei, Taiwan. Torres spent a week playing for a
Colombian club team at the Pan American Games in German, Puerto Rico.

The 2000 USA Basketball Women’s R. Williams Jones Cup Team,
comprised of 12 of the nation’s top college players, trained at the U.S.
Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., from July 2-11, before
departing for Taipei to compete in the five-day, six-team tournament. The
United States went a perfect 4-0 with victories over the Republic of China
(85-53), Korea (73-49), Japan (83-80) and Malaysia (79-24). Wyckoff
averaged 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Her best outings were
12-point performances against the Republic of China and Japan.

“They (USA Basketball) look at me as a versatile player,” Wyckoff
said. “So I tried to go with my strengths. What they look for is
basically players who will work really hard. I think being a big guard and
being able to post up on the smaller players who were guarding me, adding
height to the lineup and helping with rebounding was how I contributed most.

“In terms of leadership, I think I was helpful with the little
things along the way like helping the players who hadn’t been overseas
before adjust to the style of play and show them the way USA Basketball
wants to be represented.”

For Torres, it was the second time she represented her native
country. In the summer of 1997, the 6-4 center helped lead the Colombian
National Team to the South American championship title. This time around,
Torres arrived in German on July 28th and practiced two days with the team
before competition began on July 31st and concluded on August 5th. The
squad was comprised mostly of college players from South America. There
was just one other collegiate player who plays in the United States on the
10-member team. Torres started for the team that played against teams from
Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic and
placed third with a 3-2 record.

“Even though I practiced with them for only two days, it wasn’t
that hard to adjust,” Torres said. “Once I learned the plays, it was
pretty easy. I best helped the team in rebounding, because there wasn’t
much size on the team.”

While both Wyckoff and Torres saw significant playing time with
their respective teams, the experience gained both on and off the court was
immeasurable.

“What I learned most was how to take different types of people and
learn to play as a team,” Torres said. “It was a great week. We had a lot
of fun.”

Wyckoff and the USA team will reassemble on August 29th in
Honolulu, Hawaii, to begin training for a September 3rd exhibition game
against the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team. The contest, held
at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center, will be nationally
televised on ESPN2 and will be the final domestic exhibition game for the
USA Senior National Team before it leaves for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney,
Australia.

“Making it for the third year in a row really increased my
confidence and it motivated me to work as hard as I have ever worked,”
Wyckoff said. “This momentum has continued into being back home and
working hard for this upcoming season. I am using the confidence and work
ethic I’ve gained and learned through this experience.”

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