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Seminoles Battle ACC Foe Maryland

Jan. 11, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Maryland holds a 14-4 series advantage over FSU. The two teams split last season with the Terps winning 94-76 in College Park and FSU winning 69-63 in Tallahassee — FSU’s last ACC victory. Three of FSU’s four wins have come at home. FSU’s only win at Maryland was a 66-59 win in 1994-95.


Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000 – Cole Field House – College Park, Md.
7:30 p.m. – Sunshine Network


FSU Probable starters

11GAngela Sutton9.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
12GApril Traylor13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.6 apg
21FBrooke Wyckoff11.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg
30FLatavia Coleman16.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg
13CLevys Torres3.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

for the record

FLORIDA STATE

1999-2000 Record7-6, 0-3
1998-99 Record7-20


HEAD COACH
SUE SEMRAU

School Record23-44/3rd
Career Recordsame



NEXT UP
The Seminoles will host Georgia Tech at 12:45 on Sunday, January 16 at the Leon County Civic Center. The game will be televised regionally on ACC TV, which is Sunshine Network in Florida.



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 Semrau’s arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole women’s 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.


LAST TIME OUT
The Florida State Seminoles fought back from an early second half 14-point deficit but were unable to close in on the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center and fell 76- 73. FSU’s Brooke Wyckoff registered her second double-double of the season, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Lisa Hosac paced the Cavaliers with 19 points and seven rebounds. Virginia improved to 11-4 overall, 3-1 in the ACC with the win while FSU falls to 7-6 overall and 0-3 in the league.

The Seminoles began the game on a strong note, leading 6-2 after two minutes, but the score remained close in the physically played first half. The Tribe continued to apply pressure on the Cavs and led by as many as five points when Molly Beal hit a three to put the Noles up 22-17 with 7:57 remaining in the half. But UVA went on a run following a Schuye Larue lay-up and a Renee Robinson three-pointer which tied the game at 22 with 6:34 remaining. The Cavaliers run totalled 26-4 and they built a lead of as many as 17 points with 1:08 left in the half. Senior Latavia Coleman, who led the Noles with nine points in the half, put in two to cut the Virginia lead to 13 at 43-30 going into the locker room. UVA’s Lisa Hosac led the scoring with 10 first-half points and five rebounds. Wyckoff led the Noles with five rebounds. Despite the physical play, the Cavs were called for just three team fouls to FSU’s eight. The Seminoles were 43 percent from the floor while UVA shot 47.1 percent.

Beal helped the Tribe close the deficit early in the second half with three early three-pointers, but the Noles trailed the Cavaliers for most of the second half. After trailing by 14, FSU fought back to pull within two at 55-53 with 12:05 to play. FSU again fell behind by seven, but Coleman’s two free throws with 3:30 remaining tied the score at 66. The Noles continued to penetrate, but could not regain the lead as the Cavs continued to hold on. With the Cavs leading 76-73 with just 17.6 seconds remaining, the Tribe worked to get the ball to Beal for a three-point shot, but it fell short and the Noles called a timeout with 2.7 seconds left in the game. They could not foul the Cavaliers soon enough and the game ended with a 76-73 final score. Beal finished with a season-high 15 points on 5-for-7 from three-point land.

LAST YEAR VS. THE TERRAPINS

GAME ONE: Despite a career-high 28 points from sophomore Brooke Wyckoff, the Florida State Seminoles fell 76-94 at Maryland on January 17th.

FSU never led in the entire game as the Terrapins jumped to an early lead, outscoring the Seminoles 16-5 in the opening minutes of the contest. FSU pulled to within eight points at 10-18, but Maryland hit a three on its next possession and led by double-digits the rest of the way. The Tribe committed 20, first half turnovers and trailed by 25 at 25-50 at the break.

The Seminoles outscored Maryland 51-44 in the second half and ended up rebounding the Terps 36-30 for the game, but Maryland shot 63 percent for the game and had five players in double figures. The Terrapins went up by as many as 30 points at 73-43 when FSU went on an eight-point run to pull within 22 points. The Seminoles’ closest margin was 15 points at 73-88 with just over two minutes to play.

Aside from Wyckoff, Tamara Gracey, Jen Robinson and Arleshia Davidson all scored in double figures with 13 points apiece. April Traylor led all FSU players with a career-high eight rebounds.

GAME TWO: Four Seminoles scored in double figures as Florida State celebrated “Senior Night” with a 69-63 victory over Maryland in their last home game of the season on February 18th.

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. April Traylor was the only player to score in double figures in the first half with 11 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. FSU 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 Terps, did not go down without a fight. FSU 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.


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 FSU’s 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 THREE ACC GAMES LAST YEAR…
FSU was 0-3 after its first three league games last season, but the Tribe lost those games by an average of 17.3 points. This year, FSU has lost by an average of 4.0 points. FSU’s first ACC win last year came in the sixth league game — an 80-57 win over Wake Forest.


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


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 nine of 13 games, including all three ACC game, this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:

GAMEMARGINFSU LEADER
Tulsa48-36+12Cole./Brad. 9
USF33-36-3Bradley/Torres 7
UT-Chattanooga45-34+9Coleman 9
Oakland39-30+9Vujas 8
Mercer35-29+6Bradley 9
Florida33-48-15Coleman
Loyola52-28+24Col/Brad/Vuj 8
Chicago State48-33+15Torres 9
St. John’s45-47-2Coleman 11
FIU38-44-6Torres 8
Wake Forest47-36+9Wyckoff 11
NC State33-30+3Wyckoff 10
Virginia34-28+6Wyckoff 10


WYCKOFF SEEING DOUBLE IN ACC ACTION
In ACC action, Wyckoff is averaging a double-double with team highs of 13.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in the three games.


NO LEAD IS TOO BIG
FSU has fallen behind by double digits in the last two contest before coming back to make a game ot it. In the NC State game, the Wolfpack had the Tribe down by 12 before FSU pulled to within two points. Against Virginia, FSU fell behind by 17 in the first half and trailed by 13 at the break. In the second half, the Seminoles rallied from 14 down to tie the game with 3:33 to play.


FREE THROW WOES
The Seminoles continue to struggle from the free throw line. The Tribe went 18-for-30 in its four-point loss to No. 3 NC State. The Noles improved with a 63 percent showing (7-11) vs. UVA. They shot a season-low 55 percent from the free throw line in the Chicago State game and a season-high 77 percent vs. FIU. FSU is shooting just 64 percent on the season from the charity stripe.


CLOSING THE GAP
Of FSU’s 14 losses to NC State since 1991-92, the January 6 four-point game was the closest margin. FSU’s 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.


WHO’S THE LEADER
Leading scorer Latavia Coleman was held to single digits for two straight games, but the Tribe has had players emerge. In its 13 games, four different players have led the team in scoring, while five different players have held the rebounding honors.


IN THE LEAGUE
Entering the week, here’s where FSU players rank in ACC stats…

Latavia Coleman3rd, 16.8 ppg
3rd, .500 FG%
10th, .682 FT%
9th, 2.4 steals pg
April Traylor9th, 13.2 ppg
3rd, 4.6 assists pg
2nd, 3.0 steals pg
Angela Sutton4th, 2.8 steals pg
Lauren Bradley2nd, 1.2 blocks pg


ON THE RUN
FSU had big runs to open the second halves of the St. John’s 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 Coleman’s 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 State’s 102 points vs. Loyola was the first time the Tribe has reached the century mark this season and 21st time in the program’s 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.


BROOKE’S BACK!
Junior starter Brooke Wyckoff, who broke the pinky finger on her right hand in practice on Nov. 4th and had pins surgically placed to repair the injury, made her season-debut against the Gators. She scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes of play off of the bench. She also had two assists, a block and a steal.

Wyckoff seems to be getting back to form. She re-entered the starting lineup vs. Loyola and has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games.


DISHIN’ IT OUT
Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.6 assists per game leads the team and is among the leaders in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg, recorded a career-high nine assists in the Chicago State game.


CAN’T STOP COLEMAN
Latavia Coleman came back to the court this season on a mission! She not only leads the team in scoring, but is among the leaders in the ACC as well. She has scored in double figures in 11 of 13 games, including a season-high 32 in the season-opener vs. Tulsa.


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. John’s, 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. John’s game, FSU went 12-of-20 for 60 percent. The Tribe also committed a season-low 13 turnovers against Oakland.


CLOSE GAME
The Tribe was within two points with under two minutes to play against Florida, but had to foul down the stretch which created the final eight-point deficit. Eight points is the closest FSU has played UF since the 81-78 loss back in 1992-93.


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 FSU’s 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.

TulsaTraylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
USFTraylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
UT-Chatt.Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
OaklandSpringle-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
MercerTraylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
FloridaTraylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Bradley-Coleman
LoyolaTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Chicago St.Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Vujas-Coleman
St. John’sTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff- Bradley-Coleman
FIUTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Wake ForestTraylor-Fuchs-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
NC StateTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
VirginiaTraylor-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 SEASON’S FIRST ACC HONOR
Latavia Coleman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s 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 FSU’s 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 women’s 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:

Jan. 20at North Carolina7:00 p.m.
Feb. 3Wake Forest7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17at Georgia Tech7:00 p.m.
Feb. 24at Duke7:00 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. 12at Maryland (SUN)7:00 p.m.
Jan. 16GEORGIA TECH (RSN)12:30 p.m.
Jan. 24DUKE (RSN)7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27CLEMSON (SUN)7:00 p.m.
Feb. 13MARYLAND (RSN)12:30 p.m.
Feb. 22NORTH CAROLINA (SUN)7:00 p.m.


ACC PRESEASON POLL

1. North Carolina320
2. NC State302
3. Virginia260
4. Duke208
5. Georgia Tech192
6. Clemson166
7. FLORIDA STATE110
8. Maryland88
9. Wake Forest64



The Seminoles Record When…

At home 2-4
On the road 4-2
Neutral sites 1-0
vs. ACC 0-3
Non-Conference 5-3
Home ACC 0-2
Road ACC 0-1
Shooting 50% or better 2-0
Shooting below 50% 5-6
Opponent shoots 50% or better 1-2
Opponent shoots below 50% 6-4
Outrebound opponent 5-4
Outrebounded 2-2
Rebounds are tied 0-0
vs. Top 25 opponents 0-0
vs. Top 10 opponents 0-1
Leading at halftime 5-1
Trailing at halftime 1-4
Tied at halftime 1-1
In overtime 0-0
Playing during the day 1-1
Playing at night 6-5
November 3-2
December 2-1
January 0-3
February 0-0
Monday 0-2
Tuesday 2-1
Wednesday 1-0
Thursday 2-0
Friday 1-1
Saturday 1-0
Sunday 1-1
On Television 0-1
On Radio 3-5
Longest winning streak 4
Longest losing streak 3
Largest margin of victory 32
Largest margin of defeat 10

SUPERLATIVES

Double-Double


Latavia Coleman
13 pts, 11 rbs vs. St. John’s


Brooke Wyckoff
12 pts, 10 rbs vs. NC State
18 pts, 10 rbs vs. Virginia


30 or more points


Latavia Coleman
32 vs. Tulsa


20 or more points


April Traylor
28 vs. UT Chattanooga
22 vs. Florida
23 vs. NC State


Latavia Coleman
21 vs. South Florida
26 vs. Florida
20 vs. Loyola


Shinikki Whiting
21 vs. Oakland

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