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Louisiana Tech Up Next for Lady Seminoles

November 17, 1998


Florida State vs. #3 Louisiana Tech

LIVE on Sunshine Network – 1998-99 Home-Opener

Thursday, November 19, 1998

Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center * 7 p.m.


LEADING LADIES

                    
24  G   Jen Robinson        13.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
12  G   April Traylor       23.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
41  F   Tamara Gracey        4.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
21  F   Brooke Wyckoff      11.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg
30  F   Latavia Coleman     12.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg

SUPPORTING CAST

23 F Arleshia Davidson 8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg 10 G Val Linley 2.0 ppg, 5.0 apg 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 3.0 ppg, 0.0 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

SNEAK PREVIEW

THE SERIES La Tech leads 1-0

FLORIDA STATE

1998-99 Record: 1-0

1997-98 Record: 9-18

Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2

Director: Head Coach Sue Semrau

School Record: 10-18/in 2nd year

Career Record: 10-18/in 2nd year



LOUISIANA TECH

1998-99 Record: 0-0

1997-98 Record: 31-4

Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1

Director: Head Coach Leon Barmore

School Record: 459-71/in 17th year

Career Record: 459-71/in 17th year

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
Tonight’s contest will be aired LIVE on Sunshine Network, Cable 23. It will be the first of nine games that the Seminoles will have televised this season. Tom Block will provide the play-by-play while Lisa Warman will be the color analyst.


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.

FLORIDA STATE IN HOME-OPENERS
Dating back to the 1980-81 season when FSU game sites were recorded, Florida State has a 15-3 record in home-openers. Two of FSU’s three losses have come in the 90s, but the Tribe has now won two straight home openers.


HIGHEST RANKED OPPONENT AT HOME SINCE 1992
The No. 3 Lady Techsters will be the highest ranked women’s basketball team to play Florida State in Tallahassee since the 1991-92 season … FSU’s first year in the ACC. The No. 1-ranked Virginia Cavaliers invaded Tully Gymnasium on January 3, 1992 and defeated the Tribe 87-60. That year, Virginia finished ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. FSU finished 17-11 on the year.


THE SERIES
Tonight’s game will be just the second meeting between Florida State and Lousiana Tech. Last season, in Ruston, La., the then No.4-ranked Lady Techsters defeated the Seminoles 86-60 to take a 1-0 advantage in the series between the two schools.

LAST TIME VS. LA TECH
The Seminoles played the Lady Techsters close for much of the first half. After falling behind by nine points, Florida State fought back to pull within three points with just over a minute to play in the first 20 minutes, but La. Tech’s Tamicha Jackson drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Techsters a 39-29 lead at halftime. FSU outrebounded Louisiana Tech, 19-13, but was outshot .516 to .419 in the first half. In the second half, FSU fell behind by 17 but continued to chip away at the lead and pulled to within eight points at 55-47 with 11:19 to go. The Lady Techsters rallied for seven straight points and led by double-digits the rest of the game. FSU was led by Lysa Moorefield’s 13 points while Arleshia Davidson and Latavia Coleman contributed 11 points apiece. La Tech was led by Amanda Wilson’s 30 points while LaQuan Stallworth and Tamicha Jackson added 20 and 17 points, respectively. The Techsters shot 52 percent for the game.


FSU PLAYERS VS. LA TECH LAST YEAR

Coleman     11 pts, 8 rbs, 2 stls in 30 minutes
Davidson    11 pts, 4 rbs in 17 minutes
Wyckoff      7 pts, 2 rbs, 3 ats, 2 stls in 27 minutes
Robinson     5 pts, 3 rbs in 32 minutes
Linley       2 pts, 1 ast in 8 minutes

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.

NEXT UP
The 2nd-Annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic will take place November 22nd and 23rd at the Leon County Civic Center. Kent State will play Florida International at 2 p.m. on Sunday followed by FSU-Long Beack State at 4 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played at 6 and 8 p.m. on Monday.

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 STARTERS’ AVERAGES IN EXHIBITION GAMES
Coleman 25.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg
Wyckoff 18.5 ppg, 16.0 rpg
Robinson 14.0 ppg, 2.5 apg
Gracey 12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Traylor 11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg

DYNAMIC DUO
Florida State’s Dynamic Duo of Latavia Coleman and Brooke Wyckoff will mean “double trouble” for FSU opponents this season. Both players recorded “double-doubles” in the exhibition vs. Mexico. Coleman led all scorers with 32 points and 15 rebounds while Wyckoff tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds. Wyckoff again recorded a “double-double” with 19 points and 18 boards vs. Athletes in Action.

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.

1998-99 NUMERICAL ROSTER

No. Name              Pos.     Ht.  Yr. Hometown (high school)
00  Lakesha Springle   G      5-3   Fr. Thomasville, Ga. (Thomasville)
10  Val Linley         G      5-5   Sr. Emerson, Ga. (Hiwassee JC)
11  Angela Sutton      G     5-10   Fr. Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central)
12  April Traylor      G     5-10   Fr. Martinsville, Ind. (Martinsville)
15  Sandra Ulysse      G      5-7   Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  (Hallandle)
21  Brooke Wyckoff     F      6-1   So. West Chester, Ohio (Lakota)
23  Arleshia Davidson  F      6-2   Sr. Marietta, Ga. (Marietta)
24  Jen Robinson       G      5-8   Sr. Albany, Ga. (Dougherty)
25  Lako Brown         G/F   5-11   So. Eastman, Ga. (Dodge County)
30  Latavia Coleman    F     5-10   Jr. Macon, Ga. (Southwest)  
33  Vanessa Fuchs      G/F   5-10   So. Pompano Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons) 
41  Tamara Gracey       F     6-0   Sr. Guthrie, Okla. (Guthrie/Kansas/Tulsa)
51  Lea Bennett         C     6-3   Fr. Windham, Me. (Windham)

HEAD COACH: Sue Semrau (California-San Diego, ’85)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Theresa Gernatt (Georgia Tech, ’91), Angie Johnson (Louisville, ’91),
Leslie Davies (Northern Illinois, ’95)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Kari Langley

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