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Noles Prep for Final Regular Season Home Game

February 19, 1999


SEMINOLES vs. CAVALIERS

Sunday, February 21, 1999 – 2 p.m.
University Hall – Charlottesville, VA


THE SERIES WITH VIRGINIA

Florida State is winless in 17 tries vs. the Virginia Cavaliers, but recent games have been very competitive. Last season, FSU fell 62-75 in Charlottesville, but took the Cavs to overtime in Tallahassee before losing 76-83. In the first meeting this season, FSU trailed by 20 but pulled to within four points with just under five minutes to play but fell 71-80.


FLORIDA STATE

1998-99 Record 7-18, 2-13

1997-98 Record 9-18

Starters Returning/Lost 3/2


Head Coach Sue Semrau

School Record 16-36/2nd

Career Record 16-36/2nd


VIRGINIA

1998-99 Record 18-7, 11-4

1997-98 Record 19-10

Starters Returning/Lost 3/2


Head Coach Debbie Ryan

School Record 499-172/22nd

Career Record 499-172/22nd


LEADING LADIES


24 G Jen Robinson 12.8 ppg, 4.1 apg
12 G April Traylor 12.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
41 F Tamara Gracey 10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg
11 G Angela Sutton 6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg

SUPPORTING CAST

23 F Arleshia Davidson 7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
10 G Val Linley 0.9 ppg, 1.7 apg
33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg
00 G Lakesha Springle 1.7 ppg, 1.1 apg
15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
25 G/F Lako Brown 1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
51 C Lea Bennett 0.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman* 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
*out for the season

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.


COLEMAN OUT FOR THE SEASON

Seminole leading scorer Latavia Coleman, a junior forward, suffered a season-ending knee injury in an evening practice on Saturday, December 26th. An MRI revealed that Coleman has a complex tear of the cartilage and a significant ACL tear in her right knee, the same knee that she has surgery to repair torn cartilage on in October of 1997. She had surgery on January 15th.


COULDN’T STOP COLEMAN

Latavia Coleman had scored in double figures in all 10 games this season, but even more remarkable was her shooting accuracy of .547. The junior forward shot 50 percent or better in seven games. She was averaging a team-high 15.0 field goal attempts per game and was making 8.2 of them.


LAST TIME OUT

Four Seminoles scored in double figures as the Florida State Seminoles celebrated ‘Senior Night’ with a 69-63 victory over Maryland in their last home game of the season this evening at the Leon County Civic Center. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for FSU and improved the Seminoles record to 7-18 overall and 2-13 in the ACC. The loss put Maryland at 5-20 overall and 2-13 in the league.

Florida State trailed only one time in the contest as Maryland scored the game’s first point. The Seminoles went on a 11-0 run to take a 12-1 advantage and thanks to 50 percent shooting from the field in the first half, led by as many as 14 points in the first 20 minutes. The four FSU seniors, Tamara Gracey, Val Linley, Arleshia Davidson and Jen Robinson got the starting nod for the Tribe, along with sophomore Brooke Wyckoff. At the 16:10 mark, Robinson dished a pass to Davidson, who scored on a layup. That assist gave Robinson her 383rd assist of her career, making her Florida State’s all time leader in the category. Robinson had five assists for the night. Freshman April Traylor was the only player to score in double figures in the first half with 11 off of the bench as FSU took a 37-26 lead into the lockerroom.

Maryland made a run to start the second half as the Terrapins scored nine straight to pull within two at 37-35 with 16:41 to go in the game. Florida State was able to hold on to the lead despite 29 percent shooting in the second half. At the 9:36 mark, the Tribe had regained a double digit advantage at 53-43 on two of Tamara Gracey’s game-high seven free throws. She finished with 11 for the game. The Terrapins, however, did not go down without a fight. Florida State led 58-47 with 6:48 on the clock when Maryland scored seven straight to pull within four with under three minutes to play and would get as close as 66-63 with 51 seconds left but FSU hit its free throws down the stretch for the victory.

Traylor and Davidson led the way for FSU with 15 points apiece. Wyckoff added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

‘Tonight was truly a team victory,’ FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. ‘I was proud of the way we came out and the way we maintained our intensity for the entire 40 minutes. It was also great to see Jen (Robinson) earn the assists record at home and I was happy we were able to get the win for the seniors.’

For Maryland, freshman Deedee Warley had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds while Branka Bogunovic and Tiffany Brown added 11 and 10 points, respectively.


THE ALL-TIME LEADER

With 387 career assists in 106 games, point guard Jen Robinson has become Florida State’s all-time assists leader. The previous record holder was Allison Peercy who played for FSU from 1992-95 and had 382 assists in 111 games.


RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE

April Traylor’s game-high 29 points vs. Florida was not only a career-high for the rookie, but her 22 free throw attempts set a new FSU record. The previous record was 19 attempts set by Tia Paschal in 1993 and also by Carla Williams in 1995.


TRAYLOR HONORED BY LEAGUE

Traylor has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week, released by the league on Monday. It is the second such honor this season for the Martinsville, Indiana native.


Traylor was unstoppable as she led all scorers with a career-high 29 points last Thursday against the Lady Gators of Florida. Traylor also set a new FSU record in the effort with 22 free throw attempts. The previous record was 19 attempts set by Tia Paschal in 1993 and also by Carla Williams in 1995. Along with her outstanding scoring, Traylor added five steals in her 37 minutes of play.

Since returning from a lower back injury, Traylor has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games, including three games of 20 points or more.


BREAK DOWN:

Here’s how FSU and UVA match up:

             FSU       UVA
PPG          74.3      76.8
RPG          38.1      40.3
FG%           .430      .442
FT%           .673      .713
3FG%          .244      .273
BLOCKS       94/3.8    156/6.3
STEALS      264/10.6   266/10.6
ASSISTS     332/13.3   366/17.7
TURNOVERS   525/21.0   443/14.6    

LAST TIME VS. VIRGINIA

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.


J-ROB RACKS ‘EM UP

Jen Robinson was unstoppable in FSU’s game vs. Georgia Tech on January 31st. The Albany, Georgia, native scored a career-high 31 points in 34 minutes of play in the contest. She connected on a career-high six three-pointers and also led all players with five assists. Twenty four of her game-high 31 points came in the second half, including 19 in the game’s final 7:39. With the 31 points, Robinson places herself among an elite group … the Florida State 30-point Club. Only 12 other Florida State players have scored 30 points or more in a game. Teammate Latavia Coleman did it twice this season.


THE WIN VS. WAKE IN THEIR FIRST MEETING…

  • gave FSU its first and only ACC win of the season
  • snapped a four-game losing streak
  • gave FSU its only win since losing Coleman


    SO CLOSE AND YET …

    FSU’S four-point loss to #17 Clemson was almost too close for comfort. FSU has been in nearly every game its played in this season. The Tribe has lost eight games by 13 points or less this season, including four games nine points or under!


    HOW DO YOU REPLACE HER?

    As the Seminoles have discovered, there’s just not an easy way to replace a Latavia Coleman. But With Coleman out, someone has had to help make up for her 20.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In FSU’s case, it has been several players. In the 15 games since her absence…


    Brooke Wyckoff has recorded five double-doubles and scored in double figures in 11 games;
    Tamara Gracey has scored in double figures in nine games, including a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. UNC;
    Arleshia Davidson has had double figures in six games;
    April Traylor has had double digits in the 13 games.
    Jen Robinson has scored in double figures in eight games.


    APRIL HAS COME BACK STRONG

    Freshman guard April Traylor suffered an injury to her lower right back vs. South Florida and missed two games and saw limited minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton. Since her return, she has had double figures in 13 of 14 games, including a career-high 29 points vs. Florida.


    THE SECOND HALF

    Is the Tribe a second half team? FSU has outscored its opponent in the second half in nine games this year and is 5-4 in those contests. FSU tied its opponent in three other games in the final 20 minutes but lost all three.


    SUTTON SEES IT AND THEN DOES IT

    In just her second game back since injuring her foot on December 26th, freshman guard Angela Sutton, who missed six games, tied her career high with 17 points in 26 minutes off of the bench vs. #9 Duke. Sutton was 3-of-4 from three-point range — her first treys of the season.


    AMAZING GRACEY

    Senior Tamara Gracey was simply amazing in the North Carolina game in Chapel Hill. She went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field, 6-for-6 from the free throw line for a career-high 24 points and grabbed a career-high 13 boards. Her previous highs were 19 points vs. NC State and 11 rebounds vs. Clemson.


    NOT TOO SHABBY

    The Seminoles outrebounded UNC by 10 — 40-30 — its largest margin over an ACC opponent this season. FSU also had its best shooting percentage vs. an ACC opponent vs. North Carolina. In the first game, the Tribe shot .580 while in their second meeting, FSU went .563.


    WHO’S DOING THE SCORING?

    The future is indeed bright for these young Seminoles. Against Duke, a sophomore and two freshmen led FSU in scoring. Not an unusual occurrence for the Tribe. Through 25 games, a freshman or sophomore has led FSU in scoring in 15 contests. The Breakdown:

    Jr., Coleman:   6 times (6 of first 10 games before injury)
    So., Wyckoff:   6 times (including one tie)
    Fr., Traylor    8 times
    Fr., Sutton     1 time
    Sr., Gracey     2 times
    Sr., Robinson   3 times
    Sr., Davidson   1 time
    


    TURNING IT UP


    Senior guard Jen Robinson has turned it up a notch this season. Not only is she helping her teammates to score with a team-high 4.1 assists per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through 25 games, Robinson had tallied double figures in 17 contests, including a career-high 31 points vs. Georgia Tech. In the first North Carolina game, she scored she scored 18 points. In that game Robinson was unstoppable, shooting 70 percent from the field while also recording six assists and five steals.



    FROM THE LINE


    The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season, but against Duke on January 25th, FSU had its best showing of the season. The Tribe went 18-of-21 for a season-high .857. Prior to that game, FSU’s best outing percentage-wise was .800 on 24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech. However, FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in 11 games, including a season-high 14 at Maryland and Florida.


    WYCKOFF WAS FLYING HIGH

    Sophomore Brooke Wyckoff went wild at Maryland with a career-high 28 points, leading both teams. She was 9-for-17 from the field and 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Against Wake Forest, she had one of her best overall games of the season. She scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds — both game-highs. It was her sixth double-double of the season. All this plus three steals and two assists and blocks in 35 minutes of play.


    WITH SUCH GRACE

    Senior Tamara Gracey plays with such grace that you don’t know what she’s done in a game until you see the boxscore. Oh so quietly, in 23 starts Gracey has scored in double figures in 14 games and has had seven or more rebounds in 12 games, including a career-high 13 vs. UNC.


    LEADING AT THE BREAK

    Florida State has led at halftime in nine games this season, but has won just six of those games. In the losses, the Seminoles led 44-43 vs. UNC; 33-32 vs. Georgia Tech and 26-23 vs. #12 Clemson. The Tribe has come back to win just one game when they were trailing at the half. That was the season-opener at Tulsa when FSU trailed 34-35.


    TOUGH SLATE

    According to this week’s rankings, Florida State will face or have faced seven teams who are currently ranked in the AP poll.


    LET’S GET PHYSICAL

    FSU has had three starters foul out in five games this season — four were on the road. Against Duke in Durham, Traylor, Coleman and Wyckoff were disqualified. At Georgia, it was Traylor, Davidson and Gracey while at Georgia Tech, Gracey, Davidson and Wyckoff were all out of the game with more than five minutes to play. At UNC and against Georgia Tech, Wyckoff, Traylor and Sutton were eliminated.


    BIG WIN

    Florida State’s 44-point win over Western Carolina ranks ninth among FSU’s Top 10 wins all-time. FSU’s biggest win ever was by 84 points — a 100-16 win over West Florida in the 1975-76 season.


    IS IT BROOKE OR ‘BLOCK’ WYCKOFF?

    Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 58 swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.3 per game.


    SHAKIN’ UP THE LINEN’ UP

    With all its injuries, FSU has had eight different lineups this season


    First seven games:

    Robinson-Traylor-Coleman-Wyckoff-Gracey


    vs. Pepperdine:

    Robinson-Springle-Sutton-Coleman-Wyckoff


    vs. Cal State Fullerton, Western Carolina:

    Robinson-Sutton-Coleman-Wyckoff-Gracey


    seven games from Georgia to Virginia:

    Robinson-Traylor-Davidson-Wyckoff-Gracey


    vs. Duke (1/25):

    Robinson-Traylor-Linley-Wyckoff-Gracey


    last four games:

    Robinson-Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Gracey


    vs. Wake Forest (2/15)

    Robinson-Springle–Traylor-Wyckoff-Davidson


    vs. Maryland (2/18)

    Robinson-Linley-Wyckoff-Davidson-Gracey


    SUTTON WAS SOMETHIN’

    Before missing six games with an injury… Angela Sutton had the Seminole fans on their feet in FSU’s 83-74 win over South Florida. The 5-10 rookie guard played 28 minutes off of the bench and recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. But that wasn’t all! Sutton also tallied a game-high six steals in the game and had two assists. She shared rebounding honors with teammate Brooke Wyckoff.


    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff, Angela Sutton, Arleshia Davidson and Tamara Gracey have all recorded double-doubles this season.

    Wyckoff has done it seven times: 
    14 points, 10 rebounds vs. FIU
    16 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida
    19 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia
    12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech
    17 points, 11 rebounds vs. Clemson
    21 points, 13 rebounds vs. Wake Forest
    18 points, 10 rebounds vs. Florida
    Coleman did it twice:
    30 points, 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech 
    21 points, 10 boards vs. Pepperdine
    Sutton earned the honor off of the bench: 
    13 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida
    Gracey has a pair:
    11 points, 10 rebounds vs. Wake Forest
    24 points, 13 rebounds vs. UNC
    Davidson has one:
    15 points, 11 rebounds vs. Wake Forest
    

    HAND CHECK

    A season-high 55 fouls were called in the Florida game while there were 54 fouls were called in the FSU-Long Beach game while 52 fouls were called during the FSU-Duke game in Durham. Against the Blue Devils, three Seminole starters, Traylor, Wyckoff and Coleman, fouled out of the contest.


    THE CENTURY MARK

    Florida State’s 101 points vs. North Carolina in their first meeting marked the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Tribe had hit the century mark in points. In that year, FSU did it twice within five days with 100 points vs. FAMU on February 24, 1992 and 104 points vs. Oral Roberts on February 29, 1992. Last season, North Carolina scored 103 points in its win over FSU.


    OVERTIME GAMES

    The Carolina overtime contest was FSU’s first OT game of the season and first since last year’s game vs. Virginia on February 2nd, 1998. In that game, the Tribe fell 76-83 to the Cavaliers. Overall, FSU is 12-6 in overtime games since 1977-78.


    COLEMAN TIES ALL-TIME SINGLE GAME MARK

    Latavia Coleman’s career-high 30 points vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech and her 38 points. vs. No. 8 North Carolina places her among an elite group … the Florida State 30-point Club. Only 12 other Florida State players have scored 30 points or more in a game. Coleman tied the all-time mark for points in a single game with 38 vs. UNC. Tia Paschal set the mark with 38 points vs. North Carolina in 1993.


    GIVE ME THE BALL

    Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more steals than its opponents in 14 games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina.


    SUTTON EARNS ACC ROOKIE

    Angela Sutton, who hails from Cleveland, Tennessee, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Rookie of the Week on November 23rd.


    Sutton, a 5-10 guard, scored 17 points, grabbed three rebounds, had two assists and three steals in just 16 minutes of play off of the bench in FSU’s 30-point win over Long Beach State in the first round of the 1998 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic. The rookie went 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-8 from the charity stripe.

    Sutton became the second FSU freshman to earn the honor this season as fellow guard April Traylor was named this season’s first ACC Rookie of the Week.


    TRAYLOR PEGGED ACC ROOKIE

    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.



    The Seminoles Record When…

    At home: 5-8

    On the road: 2-10

    Neutral sites: 0-0

    vs. ACC: 2-13

    Non-Conference: 5-5

    Home ACC: 2-6

    Road ACC: 0-7

    Shooting 50% or better: 3-2

    Shooting below 50%: 4-16

    Opponent shoots 50% or better: 1-6

    Opponent shoots below 50%: 6-12

    Outrebound opponent: 3-6

    Outrebounded: 3-12

    Rebounds are tied: 1-0

    vs. Top 25 opponents: 0-9

    vs. Top 10 opponents: 0-5

    Leading at halftime: 6-3

    Trailing at halftime: 1-15

    Tied at halftime: 0-0

    In overtime: 0-1

    Playing during the day: 2-3

    Playing at night: 4-16

    November: 2-2

    December: 3-4

    January: 1-8

    February 1-4

    Monday: 2-4

    Tuesday: 0-0

    Wednesday: 0-1

    Thursday: 2-7

    Friday: 0-1

    Saturday: 2-2

    Sunday: 1-3

    On Television: 1-8

    Longest winning streak: 2

    Longest losing streak: 9

    Largest margin of victory: 44


    Largest margin of defeat: 25



    FOUR BIG SIGNINGS

    FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 8 by Basketball Times and No. 9 by Baskeball News Magazine.


    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.

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