December 21, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team gave
Seminoles fans an early Christmas present this evening at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center with an 83-39 victory over Western
Carolina. FSU started the game on a 16-0 run and kept on running as the
Seminoles took the decisive 44-point to improve to 5-5. The Catamounts
fell to 4-5 with the loss.
Although the Seminoles played at home just a week ago, the Tribe
was coming off two games in California.
“Being at home after playing on the road for five days was an
advantage,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We had had the opportunity to
focus on coming home and playing as a team which is what we learned in
Everyone played for Florida State, with the exception of injured
April Traylor, as the squad shot 55 percent from the field for the game.
Sophomore Brooke Wyckoff and senior Jen Robinson led the way with 16 points
apiece while junior Latavia Coleman added 15 points and freshman Angela
Sutton added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds. It was a defensive
effort from the get-go as the Tribe doubled Western Carolina’s steals 22-11
and outrebounded the Catamounts 43-27. Sutton and reserve guard Lakesha
Springle led the surge with six steals each.
“Our defense was phenomenal tonight,” Semrau said. “The team put
out a great effort for the entire 40 minutes. We capitalized on the other
team’s mistakes and were really focused.”
All but three Seminoles scored in the effort. Wyckoff led all
scorers in the first half with 12 points — matching Western Carolina’s
team total. FSU led by 30 at the break, 42-12.
“It was easy to come into this game focused, even though it was
right before Christmas,” senior guard Jen Robinson said. “We knew we
needed to win this one, especially after losing one before Christmas last
For Western Carolina, April Fleck led the way with 12 points while
Kristy Kent recorded a team-high five rebounds off of the bench. The
Catamounts shot just 25 percent from the field and had 29 turnovers.
Florida State will return to action on Wednesday, December 30th at
No. 5 Georgia. The Tribe will play three games in six days beginning with
“With our first game back after Christmas being against the No. 5
team in the country (Georgia), I know the girls will work hard over the
break with that as their incentive,” Semrau said.
Following the Georgia game, FSU will play at Georgia Tech on
January 2nd at 2 p.m. and then host NC State at 5 p.m. on January 4th.