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‘Noles Conclude First Round ACC Action With Clemson

Jan. 26, 2000




the series

Tonight’s game will be the 19th meeting between FSU and Clemson. The Tigers hold a 17-1 series advantage. FSUs lone win vs. Clemson came in the 1991-92 season — FSUs first year in the ACC. The Tribe won 79-66 at home.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000

Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

7:07 p.m.

Sunshine Network

NEXT UP

Florida State will take a break from ACC action when the Seminoles host Auburn in a non-conference battle on Sunday, January 30th.

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 Semraus arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole womens 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.



FSU Probable starters

11 G Angela Sutton    8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
12 G April Traylor   12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.8 apg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff  11.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman 17.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
13 C Levys Torres     3.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg

COMING OFF THE BENCH

10 G   Lakesha Springle  3.3 ppg, 1.2 apg
20 C   Katelyn Vujas     6.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
23 G   Shinikki Whiting  4.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg
33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs     1.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg
32 G   Molly Beal        3.6 ppg, 0.6 rpg
25 G/F Lako Brown        0.8 ppg, 0.6 rpg
51 C   Lea Bennett       0.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg
44 C   Lauren Bradley    8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg * out 4-6 wks


for the record

FLORIDA STATE

1999-2000 Record  8-9, 1-6
1998-99   Record  7-20

HEAD COACH

SUE SEMRAU

School Record  24-47/3rd
Career Record  same
CLEMSON
1999-2000 Record  12-7, 3-4
1998-99   Record  29-7

HEAD COACH

JIM DAVIS

School Record  271-123/13th
Career Record  417-166/20th

LAST TIME OUT

It went down to the wire, but No. 9 Duke escaped Tallahassee and Florida State with a 59-54 victory in ACC women’s basketball action Monday night. Latavia Coleman led the Seminoles with 13 points while Peppi Browne led the charge for Duke with 18 points.

The Seminoles had a slow start against the Duke Blue Devils. Duke began the scoring with the first nine points of the ball game. Latavia Coleman started things off for the Noles, with a bucket at the 17:51 mark. Trailing 11-2, the Seminoles scored six straight points, to pull within three at 13:25. Duke, however, responded with an 8-0 run of its own to go ahead by 11. The Tribe cut the Duke lead to 23-15 with 4:44 to play, but the Blue Devils went up by 13 twice in the half’s final three minutes and took a 30-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Coleman led the team with seven points while Levys Torres led the Seminoles with five rebounds and two blocks. Duke, who was led by Lauren Rice’s seven points, outshot FSU .429 to .321 and outrebounded the Tribe 20-15.

The second half started out slow again for the Seminoles, but that would quickly change. Brooke Wyckoff was held scoreless in the first half, but scored nine second half points and was instrumental in FSU’s comeback. Down by 12 points at 35-23, the Tribe scored 15 of the game’s next 17 points and took its first lead of the contest. Wyckoff began the FSU scoring run with a three point shot at 17:19 bringing the Seminoles within nine points. It was another Wyckoff three pointer that gave the Seminoles a one-point lead at 38-37 with 14:26 to play. The Noles held on to their lead while gaining a five-point advantage on the Blue Devils at 44-39. Duke did not back down and was able to regain the lead with a 10-0 run, giving the Blue Devils a 49-44 lead at the 8:04 mark. This was not a game that FSU would give up easily. Despite falling behind by six, the Seminoles fought back to tie the game at 54-54 on a layup by Coleman with 1:35 left. An FSU turnover and foul allowed Duke to score the last five points of the game.

Wyckoff led the Tribe in rebounding with eight boards while Katelyn Vujas added 10 points. Duke outrebounded FSU 38-35 and was led by Rice’s 12 rebounds. FSU shot 40 percent from the field to the Blue Devils’ 38 percent.

LAST YEAR VS. CLEMSON

GAME ONE: FSU VS. #12 CLEMSON

Despite leading at halftime and getting 20 strong points from April Traylor, FSU fell 77-55 to the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers on January 7th at Littlejohn Coliseum.

It was the April Traylor Show in the first half as the freshman guard paced the Tribe with 16 points to lead all players at the half. Traylor hit a season-high three, three-pointers in the first 20 minutes and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. FSU trailed 8-5 early, but scored four straight points to take its first lead at 9-8 while holding Clemson scoreless for nearly six minutes. The Lady Tigers Amy Geren sunk a trey to give Clemson an 11-9 lead with just under 11 minutes to go, but FSU tied it up and then Traylor nailed two straight threes to give FSU the lead once again. Florida State led by as many as seven at 24-17 with 3:06 left to go in the first half, but scored just one more time before time expired and went into the lockerroom with a slim three-point advantage at 26-23.

Clemson went on a 22-2 run over the first seven minutes of the second half to go from trailing by three to leading by 17 and the Tigers led by double digits the rest of the game. Traylor was held to just four points in the second half while Brooke Wyckoff scored 11 in the final 20 minutes to record her sixth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the game. Tamara Gracey also grabbed 11 boards. Florida State cut the lead to 13 at 54-41 with 8:09 to play but could get no closer.

GAME TWO: FSU VS. #17 CLEMSON

Senior Jen Robinson led all scorers with 24 points and freshman April Traylor added 15 points, but Florida State was edged by #17 Clemson 71-67 on February 7th at the Leon County Civic Center.

Florida State scored 10 of the games first 11 points and led much of the first half. Clemson took its first lead with 3:20 left in the first half at 19-18 and scored seven straight to take a 24-18 advantage. The Tribe scored four points in the final minute and went into the lockerroom trailing 24-22.

The Seminoles regained the lead in the first minutes of the second half. FSU led 27-26 at 18:13, but the Lady Tigers went on a 10-2 run and despite trailing by single digits much of the second half, the Seminoles never led again. Clemsons largest lead was 13 points at the five minute mark, but the Tribe chipped away at the lead and thanks to two Robinson three-pointers in the final minute of the game, pulled to within five points at 70-65 with 23 seconds to play, but had to foul and fell by just four at 71-67.

Brooke Wyckoff also had double figures with 12 points and led the way with nine rebounds.

GETTING TO THE LINE

With 51 total fouls called in the UNC game, the Tribe made it to the free throw line 32 times! Seems like a great amount, but not really for the Seminoles. FSU has made 30 or more free throw attempts seven times this season, including a season-high 36 attempts in the season-opener vs. Tulsa. FSU averages 24.3 free throw attempts per game.

WATCH YOUR BACK

The Seminoles entered the week leading the conference with a 12.5 steals per game average and in blocked shots average at 3.9 swats per game.

SHOOTING ACCURACY

Latavia Coleman, who is among the leaders in the ACC in scoring at 17.3 points per game, is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage. Coleman is shooting 51 percent from the field (3rd in ACC) overall and in ACC games.

LETS TAKE A LOOK

With the Clemson game concluding first-round ACC action, lets take a look at some notables through the first seven ACC games …
29-point win over Ga. Tech was FSUs second biggest by margin since joining the ACC … five of seven losses have been by five points or less
… FSU has outrebounded its opponent in five of seven league games.

WYCKOFF TAKES OVER ON THE BOARDS

Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in all seven ACC games. Against Maryland, she was one of three players to lead the team with seven boards. In the other six ACC games, she has led the team outright. She is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game in league action.

DOWN TO THE WIRE

In five of six ACC losses, FSU had either been tied, down a point, or up a point around the one-minute mark of the second half.

COMBINED POINTS

FSU has lost six ACC games by a combined total of 28 points. Its only ACC win was by 29 points.

SEEING MORE TIME

Freshman Shinikki Whiting is starting to see more playing time. Over the past two games, she has averaged 16 minutes of play and has scored 13 points total in those two contests.

SCORING SOME POINTS

Katelyn Vujas has scored in double figures in two of the last three games for the Seminoles. Overall, the rookie has hit the double digit plateau in five games.

ALL AROUND

Brooke Wyckoff is truly an all-around player. With the exception of one game, Wyckoff has recorded at least one assist, block, steal, rebound and point in all 12 games shes played in. The Chicago State game was the only game that Wyckoff didnt record a block.

SECOND BIGGEST ACC WIN

The Tribes 29-point win over the Yellow Jackets was its second biggest win, by margin, over an ACC opponent. FSU defeated Georgia Tech by 35 points, 88-53, in Coach Semraus first season, 1997-98.

A TEAM WIN INDEED!

It took everyone to beat the Yellow Jackets. Five Seminoles hit double figures in FSUs win over Georgia Tech. The only other time this season that this has happened was in the Oakland game. Everyone who could, played against the Yellow Jackets and 10 of 12 Seminoles scored!

WITH THIS WIN …

FSUs win over Georgia Tech was the teams eighth of the season — already one more than all of last season when the Tribe finished 7-20. FSU went 9-18 in Semraus first season — which was the most wins the program has had since 1992-93 when the Seminoles finished 13-14. FSUs last winning season was in 1991-92 at 17-11.

THREE’S PLEASE

FSU is becoming a three-point shooting team. After going 0-4 from beyond the arc in the Maryland game, the Seminoles were 5-for-9 from three-point land in the Georgia Tech win. Four different players hit treys in the game … including junior Lako Brown. It was her first career three pointer! FSU hit a season-high seven threes in the UVA game. Last year, FSU hit 63 three-pointers for the year. The Tribe already has 49 on the year with at least 11 games remaining.

APRILS GETTING ACCUSTOMED

Sophomore April Traylor is playing point guard this season — a new position for the young Seminole. But shes catching on. Her 4.8 assists per game ranks second in the ACC. But shes still a scoring threat. Traylor has led the team in scoring four times, including a game-high 22 points in the Tribes first ACC win of the season. She has scored in double figures in seven games total, including four games of 22 points or more!

GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY!

Freshman Molly Beal had a career day vs. Virginia. as she went 5-for-7 from three-point land for a season-high 15 points. Beal was instrumental in FSUs comeback vs. the Cavaliers. Beal and April Traylor combined for five straight three pointers during a three-minute stretch which helped FSU to pull to within two points.

AFTER THE FIRST FOUR ACC GAMES LAST YEAR…

FSU was 0-4 after its first four league games last season, but the Tribe lost those games by an average of 15.9 points. This year, FSU lost its first four league games by an average of 3.3 points. FSUs first ACC win last year came in the sixth league game — an 80-57 win over Wake Forest. This seasons was in the fifth league game — a 29 point win over Georgia Tech.

TAY CAN PLAY

Latavia Coleman had another outstanding outing in the Tribes one-point loss to Maryland. The senior forward scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. For the game, she shot 83 percent (10-12) from the field and 89 percent (8-9) from the free throw line.

BRADLEY OUT 4-6 WEEKS

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

DISHIN IT OUT

Sophomore April Traylors 4.8 assists per game leads the team and is second in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.9 ppg, recorded a career-high nine assists in the Chicago State game.

CANT STOP COLEMAN

Latavia Coleman came back to the court this season on a mission! She not only leads the team in scoring, but is second in the ACC. She has scored in double figures in 15 of 17 games, including a season-high 32 in the season-opener vs. Tulsa.

REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL

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 11 of 17 games, including five of seven ACC games, this season and five different players have led the team. Heres a breakdown:

GAME                    MARGIN FSU LEADER
Tulsa            48-36     +12 Col/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. Johns        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
Virginia         34-28      +6 Wyckoff       10
Maryland         39-37      +2 Wyc/Col/Torr   7
Ga. Tech         41-32      +9 Wyckoff        8
UNC              28-38     -10 Wyckoff        7
Duke             35-38      +3 Wyckoff        8

FSU AND FREE THROWS

The Seminoles have struggled from the free throw line this season, but are beginning to show steady improvement. The Tribe went 18-for-30 in its four-point loss to No. 3 NC State but improved with a season-high 80 percent (12-15) showing vs. UVA. They shot a season-low 55 percent (11-20) from the free throw line in the Chicago State game.

CLOSING THE GAP

Of FSUs 14 losses to NC State since 1991-92, the January 6 four-point game was the closest margin. FSUs three-point loss to UVA was also the closest the Tribe has ever gotten to the Cavaliers, who hold a perfect 19-0 record over the Seminoles.

WHOS THE LEADER

Leading scorer Latavia Coleman was held to single digits for two straight games, but the Tribe has had players emerge. In its 17 games, four different players have led the team in scoring, while five different players have held the rebounding honors.

IN THE LEAGUE

Heres where FSU players rank in ACC stats…

Latavia Coleman

2nd, 17.3 ppg

3rd, .514 FG%

T6th, 2.4 steals pg

April Traylor

10th, 12.9 ppg

2nd, 4.8 assists pg

3rd, 2.7 steals pg

Angela Sutton

T7th, 2.4 steals pg

Katelyn Vujas

8th, 0.5 blocks pg

ON THE RUN

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

WIN STREAK

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.

REVENGE TIME

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.

CLASSIC HONORS

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.

COLEMAN EARNS SECOND ACC HONOR

Latavia Colemans 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.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

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 and had another with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Virginia.

OUR KIND OF TOWN — CHICAGO IS!

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.

VUJAS HAD RAMBLERS NUMBER

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.

CENTURY MARK

Florida States 102 points vs. Loyola was the first time the Tribe has reached the century mark this season and 21st time in the programs 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.

SEASON SUPERLATIVES ALL IN ONE GAME!

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.

TORRES TEARS IT UP

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.

FROM BEYOND THE ARC

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.

SECOND HALF TEAM?

Against Oakland, Mercer, Loyola and St. Johns, 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. Johns game, FSU went 12-of-20 for 60 percent. The Tribe also committed a season-low 13 turnovers against Oakland.

THE SUTTON-TRAYLOR SHOW

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 FSUs 49 second half points and went 10-16 from the field.

SEMINOLES FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA

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.

THE STARTING LINE-UP

Florida State has had eight different starting lineups so far this season, but the same five have started the past five games.

Tulsa        Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
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. Johns    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
Virginia     Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Maryland     Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Ga. Tech     Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
UNC          Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Duke         Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman

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 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 to 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.

COLEMAN EARNS SEASONS FIRST ACC HONOR

Latavia Coleman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Womens 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 FSUs 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.

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.

RADIO SCHEDULE FEATURES 10 GAMES

Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM.

WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 10 Florida State womens 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:

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 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. 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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