Jan. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – North Carolina holds a 15-5 series advantage over Florida State, including six straight victories. Last year, FSU began to close the gap. The Seminoles took UNC into overtime in the first meeting, but fell 112-101. Later in the season in Chapel Hill, FSU fell by 11 once again, this time 87-76.
|1999-2000 Record||8-7, 1-4|
|1999-2000 Record||9-7, 1-5|
Florida State will close out the month of January with three straight home games. On January 24th, the Seminoles will host Duke in the ACC’s Monday night game of the week.
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 Seminoles had no trouble ending their four-game losing streak with a convincing 93-64 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday. April Traylor led the scoring with 22 points and eight assists.
Georgia Tech opened the scoring on a Jaime Kruppa three-pointer 1:44 into the game, but the Seminoles responded with a Traylor lay-up and a Katelyn Vujas free throw to tie the game at 3-3 with 16:52 remaining. Brooke Wyckoff’s trey gave the Noles the lead for the remainder of not only the half, but the game. The Yellow Jackets closed their deficit to one at 6-5 on Kruppa’s two free throws with 15:51 remaining, but that would be the closest they came to the Tribe. Molly Beal’s three-pointer at 10:34 put the Noles ahead by nine at 23-14 and began a 7-1 run for the Noles to put them ahead with their largest lead of the half at 30-15 with 5:11 remaining. FSU led in all categories, including a shooting percentage of 52 percent. Traylor led with 10 points and six assists while Levys Torres grabbed five rebounds for the Tribe.
Second half action looked a lot like the first, with FSU large and in charge and the Yellow Jackets playing a game of catch up. The Noles finished the game with their largest lead of the game, 29 points, on a Lakesha Springle lay-up. The Yellow Jackets were able to close the lead to 10 points once at 45-35 on a Tate lay-up with 17:53 remaining, but the Noles ensured that the score would never be closer, scoring 48 points to the Yellow Jacket’s 29 during the remainder of the game. The Noles finished the game with a 55.2 shooting percentage on 37 of 67 from the floor.
GAME ONE: Led by junior forward Latavia Coleman’s career-high 38 points, the Florida State women’s basketball team shot 58 percent from the field as the Seminoles took No. 8 North Carolina into overtime, before falling 112-101.
Florida State led the entire first half behind the hot shooting of Coleman and sophomore Brooke Wyckoff who had 16 and 13 points, respectively, in the first half. The Seminoles scored the game’s first five points and built a lead of as many as 11 points at 35-24 with just under six minutes to play in the first half. The Tar Heels, however, went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes of the game and tied the score at 38-38. The Tribe responded, scoring six straight points, but went into the lockerroom up by just a point, 44-43.
In the second half, there were three more ties before UNC took its first lead of the game at 53-52 with 17:49 to play. FSU would fall behind by as many as seven, but would not quit. The Tribe fought back as the game in regulation saw five more ties and five more lead changes. Leading 94-88 with 28 seconds to play, it appeared Florida State would earn the victory, but North Carolina hit two straight three-pointers to tie the game at 94-94 with 12 seconds to play. FSU could not get a shot off and turned the ball over with 0.03 to play. In the overtime, it was all North Carolina. The Tar Heels scored the first seven points and came away with the victory. Wyckoff contributed 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds while senior guard Jen Robinson added 18 and senior forward Tamara Gracey had 11 points.
GAME TWO: Senior Tamara Gracey had a career night with 24 points and 13 rebounds, but FSU fell 76-87 to #10 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on January 28.
The Seminoles got things going quickly, taking an 8-2 lead in the opening minutes of the contest, but it didn’t take long for the Tar Heels to respond. Over the next seven minutes, North Carolina outscored Florida State 20-4, including two three-point baskets, to take a 22-12 lead at the 9:58 mark. A three-point play by Arleshia Davidson got the Seminoles back on track as the Tribe pulled to within two at 22-20 with just over seven to play in the half, but the Tar Heels again went on a run, scoring 10 straight to match its largest lead of 12 points. The Seminoles cut the lead to eight twice in the remaining minutes of the half, but a UNC trey with two seconds in the half gave the Tar Heels a 43-32 advantage at the break. UNC connected on five treys for the half.
In the second half, FSU didn’t score until the 15:55 mark, but one they started, they didn’t stop. Trailing 46-32, the Tribe went on a 10-2 run to pull within six at 48-42 with 12:41 remaining. UNC quickly doubled the lead at 56-44, but FSU again responded, scoring seven straight to cut the Tar Heel lead to five with under 10 to play. Another Tar Heel spurt gave UNC it largest lead of 16 points at 73-57, but that didn’t stop FSU from making yet another run. The Tribe scored 13 of the game’s next 18 points to pull towithin six again with 48 seconds left, but the Seminoles were forced to foul and fell by 11.
Also scoringin double figures for FSU were April Traylor and Arleshia Davidson with 14 apiece and Brooke Wyckoff with 10 points. Starters Traylor, Wyckoff and Angela Sutton all fouled out of the game.
5-4-3-1 … BLAST OFF!
FSU’s first ACC win was a BIG one! The Tribe lost its first four league games by a total of 13 points. With each game, the margin got closer … Wake Forest by 5, NC State by 4, Virginia by 3 and Maryland by 1. Against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles exploded for a 29-point win, marking its first ACC win since February 18, 1999 — a 69-63 win vs. Maryland.
SECOND BIGGEST ACC WIN
The Tribe’s 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 Semrau’s first season, 1997-98..
A TEAM WIN INDEED!
It took everyone to beat the Yellow Jackets. Five Seminoles hit double figures in FSU’s 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 …
FSU’s win over Georgia Tech was the team’s eighth of the season — already one more than all of last season when the Tribe finished 7-20. FSU went 9-18 in Semrau’s first season — which was the most wins the program has had since 1992-93 when the Seminoles finished 13-14. FSU’s last winning season was in 1991-92 at 17-11.
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 three’s in the UVA game. Last year, FSU hit 63 three-pointers for the year. The Tribe already has 44 on the year with at least 13 games remaining.
APRIL’S GETTING ACCUSTOMED
Sophomore April Traylor is playing point guard this season — a new position for the young Seminole. But she’s catching on. Her 5.0 assists per game ranks third in the ACC. But she’s still a scoring threat. Traylor has led the team in scoring four times, including a game-high 22 points in the Tribe’s first ACC win of the season. She has scored in double figures in six 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 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 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. FSU’s first ACC win last year came in the sixth league game — an 80-57 win over Wake Forest. This season’s was in the fifth league game — a 29 point win over Georgia Tech.
TAY CAN PLAY
Latavia Coleman had another outstanding outing in the Tribe’s 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 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 Traylor’s 5.0 assists per game leads the team and is among the leaders in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.4 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 13 of 15 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 15 games, including all five ACC games, this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:
|Chicago State||48-33||+15||Torres 9|
|St. John’s||45-47||-2||Coleman 11|
|Wake Forest||47-36||+9||Wyckoff 11|
|NC State||33-30||+3||Wyckoff 10|
|Ga. Tech||41-32||+9||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. At Maryland, it was 77 percent (13-17). They shot a season-low 55 percent (11-20) from the free throw line in the Chicago State game.
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 15 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 Coleman||2nd, 17.4 ppg|
|3rd, .522 FG%|
|9th, 2.4 steals pg|
|April Traylor||9th, 13.4 ppg|
|3rd, 5.0 assists pg|
|3rd, 2.9 steals pg|
|Angela Sutton||4th, 2.5 steals pg|
|Katelyn Vujas||10th, 0.5 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 BETTER THAN EVER
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 six games.
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.
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.
|St. John’s||Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff- Bradley-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.
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. 20||at North Carolina||7:00 p.m.|
|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.
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. 24||DUKE (RSN)||7:30 p.m.|
|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|
|5. Georgia Tech||192|
|7. FLORIDA STATE||110|
|9. Wake Forest||64|