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December 15, 1998


Thurs., December 17 vs. Pepperdine (10 pm EST)

Sat., December 19 vs. CS Fullerton (5 pm EST)



LEADING LADIES

24 G Jen Robinson 13.3 ppg, 4.7 apg
11 G Angela Sutton 6.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg
41 F Tamara Gracey 7.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff 14.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman 20.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg


SUPPORTING CAST


12 G April Traylor 8.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
23 F Arleshia Davidson 5.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
10 G Val Linley 0.5 ppg, 1.0 apg
33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg
00 G Lakesha Springle 2.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg
15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
25 G/F Lako Brown 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
51 C Lea Bennett 0.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg



ON RADIO

Six remaining FSU regular-season women’s basketball games will be aired on WNLS Radio. Dave Kriger returns to do play-for-play while former Seminole Liberty Taylor joins the team as the color anaylst. All FSU radio games can be heard on the internet by logging on to the women’s basketball page on FSU’s website … seminoles.com. Click on the broadcast.com icon and follow the directions! Note that the times listed on the broadcast.com schedule are Central Standard Time.

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.


LAST TIME OUT

It may have been Florida State’s first action in nine days, but you sure couldn’t tell as the Seminoles took a quick 8-1 lead vs. the South Florida Bulls and never looked back, winning the contest 83-74 on Monday at the Leon County Civic Center.

It was all Florida State in the first half as the Tribe shot 53 percent and led by as many as 20 points while maintaining a double-digit lead for the last eight minutes of the half. FSU led by 13 at 44-31 at the break. Twelve Seminoles saw playing time in the first 20 minutes and Robinson led the way with eight points and five assists.

Mixed FSU lineups and improved shooting allowed South Florida to climb back into the game late in the second half. The Bulls pulled to within single digits for the first time since the 11:52 mark of the first half at 68-59 with 5:59 to play in the game and got as close as five points at 75-70 with 2:32 remaining. FSU rallied for five straight points and came away with the victory.

Brooke Wyckoff and Jen Robinson paced Florida State with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Latavia Coleman added 13 points in just 21 minutes of play, but it was the play of freshman guard Angela Sutton that had the Seminole fans on their feet. Sutton, who started the second half in place of April Traylor who suffered a hip injury in the first half, recorded her first double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and added two assists and six steals in 28 minutes of play. She shared rebounding honors with Wyckoff, who recorded her second double-double of the season. Traylor was undercut going to the basket and played just seven minutes due to severe right hip spasms.


APRIL’S OKAY

Freshman guard April Traylor, who suffered a hip pointer in the USF game, seemed a bit better on Tuesday. Trainers will continue to ice the injury as she will be making the trip to California. Her availability will be determined day-to-day.


S

AME FIVE

Florida State has started the same lineup for its first seven games of the season in Coleman, Wyckoff, Robinson, Gracey and Traylor. Traylor’s injury could alter the lineup. If Traylor isn’t available, look for Sutton to start in her place.


SUTTON HAS BEEN SOMETHIN’

Angela Sutton had the Seminole fans on their feet in FSU’s 83-74 win over South Florida last Monday. 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 and Angela Sutton have each recorded double-doubles this season. Coleman scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech. Wyckoff has done it twice with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Florida International and 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. South Florida. Sutton earned the honor off of the bench with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the South Florida game.

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 4.7 assists per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through seven games, Robinson had tallied double figures in six contests, including a season-high 18 points vs. No. 8 North Carolina. In that game Robinson was unstoppable, shooting 70 percent from the field while also recording six assists and five steals.


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 11 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.


THE CENTURY MARK

Florida State’s 101 points vs. North Carolina marks the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Tribe has 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.


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 seven starts Gracey has scored in double figures in three games and has had seven or more rebounds in three games.


GIVE ME THE BALL

Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more steals than its opponents in four of seven games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 19 steals in the season-opener vs. Tulsa. The Tribe and Duke tied with six steals apiece.

CHARITY-STRIPE WOES

The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season. FSU’s best outing percentage-wise was .800 on 24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech, but FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in four games.

HAND CHECK

A total of 54 fouls were called in the FSU-Long Beach game while 52 fouls were called during the FSU-Duke game. Against the Blue Devils, three Seminole starters fouled out of the contest.


TOUGH SLATE

According to this week’s rankings, Florida State will face or have faced seven teams who are currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Four ACC teams are ranked, led by No. 7 North Carolina, who FSU took into overtime. Also on FSU’s schedule this season are No. 4 La. Tech, No. 5 Georgia and No. 13 Florida.


ON THE BOARDS

Paced by Brooke Wyckoff, who has led FSU in rebounding in six games, the Tribe has outrebounded its opponents in four of seven games this season, including a 46-41 advantage over No. 3 Louisiana Tech.


EMERGING LEADERS

Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in six contests, while Latavia Coleman has taken team-scoring honors in four games, including two games of 30 or more points.


WYCKOFF IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Brooke Wyckoff has already set new highs this season. Against La. Tech, she tied her career-high with 15 rebounds (also vs. FAMU 11/16/97) and against Long Beach State, she established new highs in scoring with 20 points and in steals with seven. Her previous marks were 18 points vs. Clemson (12/16/97) and six steals vs. Virginia (1/2/98).

SUTTON EARNS ACC ROOKIE HONORS

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.


TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT CLASSIC HONORS

For the second straight season, Latavia Coleman has earned Tallahassee Democrat All-Tournament Team honors. This season, sophomore Brooke Wyckoff joins her with honors.


LA TECH HEAD COACH LEON BARMORE SAID

About the FSU/La. Tech game: This game was exactly what I thought it would be. I wasn’t at all surprised by Florida State’s play. Sue Semrau has them going in the right direction.


TRAYLOR PEGGED ACC ROOKIE OF WEEK

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 lost time however, picking up 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 27 minutes of play.


#00 Lakesha Springle

Has played in all seven games… tallied a season-high eight points vs. USF… had season-high five assists vs. USF.


#10 Val Linley

Has played in six games… recorded a season-high five assists in opener vs. Tulsa… has scored in two games.


#11 Angela Sutton

Has played in all seven games… recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. USF… also had six steals in USF game… scored a season-high 17 points vs. Long Beach State in 16 minutes off of the bench… was named the ACC co-Rookie of the Week on Nov. 23rd… has averaged double-digit minutes the past five games and scored in all five.


#12 April Traylor

Is averaging 8.4 points per game… has started all seven games… was forced to leave USF game with a hip injury… led the team with 23 points in season-opener vs. Tulsa and recorded a season-high seven rebounds… also tallied double figures vs. Long Beach State with 14… was named this season’s first ACC Rookie of the Week


#21 Brooke Wyckoff

Has started all seven games… is averaging 14.1 points and a team-leading 8.9 rpg… has scored in double figures in six games, including a team-leading and career-high 20 points vs. Long Beach State… has led the team in rebounding in six games… tied her career high with 15 boards vs. Tulsa… also had a career-high seven steals vs. La. Tech… had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. FIU and again with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. USF… was named to the Seminole Classic All-Tourney Team.

#23 Arleshia Davidson

Has played in all seven games… is averaging 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game… had steel rods placed in both legs this summer… has scored in all seven games… had a season-high eight points in season-opener vs. Tulsa.


#24 Jen Robinson

Has started all seven games… had recorded double figures in six games including a season-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting… also had 16 vs. Long Beach State on 58 percent shooting… recorded a season-high eight assists in Long Beach game… is averaging 13 .3 points and 4.7 assists per game… hit four three-pointers in final five minutes of Duke game.


#30 Latavia Coleman

Has started all seven games… is averaging a team-leading 20.6 ppg… is second on squad with at 7.1 rpg… has tallied double figures in all seven games and has led the team in scoring four times… had a career-high 38 points vs. No. 8 North Carolina, tying the FSU mark for most points in a single-game… also tallied 30 points vs. No. 3 La. Tech and added 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the year… was named to the Seminole Classic All-Tourney Team.


#33 Vanessa Fuchs

Has played in six games… scored a career-high five points vs. Long Beach State… has scored in four games.


#41 Tamara Gracey

Has started all seven games… scored a season-high 14 points vs. #3 La. Tech… also had 11 points vs. #16 Duke and #8 UNC… is averaging 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game… has had a season-high eight rebounds in two games.


FOUR BIG SIGNINGS

FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 9 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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