January 23, 2000 - by
Seminoles Host Duke On ACC TV

Jan. 23, 2000

the series

Duke holds a 12-5 series advantage over Florida State. The series dates back to the 1991-92 season, when FSU joined the ACC. The Seminoles won five out of the first six contests, but have not beaten the Blue Devils since the 1993-94 season.

FSU Probable starters

11 G Angela Sutton    8.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
12 G April Traylor   13.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff  11.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman 17.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg
13 C Levys Torres     3.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Monday, Jan. 24, 2000 – Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

7:36 p.m. – Regional Sports Network (Sunshine Network in Florida)

for the record


1999-2000 Record   8-8, 1-5
1998-99   Record  7-20



School Record  24-46/3rd
Career Record       same


1999-2000 Record  16-2, 5-1
1998-99 Record    29-7



School Record  164-70/8th
Career Record        same


Tonight’s game is the first of four straight home games for the Seminoles. The Tribe will finish its first round of ACC action with Clemson on Jan. 27th, followed by a nonconference contest with Auburn on Jan. 30th. A rematch with Wake Forest will start things off in February on the 6th.


“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.


Despite 20 points from Latavia Coleman, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 77-67 to the North Carolina Tar Heels at Carmichael Auditorium Thursday night. UNC improves to 10-7 overall and 2-5 in ACC play while FSU falls to 8-8 overall and 1-5.

It was all North Carolina to start the first half as the Tar Heels’ scored the game’s first seven points. Latavia Coleman started the scoring for the Seminoles at the 17:04 mark with two of her 16 first half points. Florida State would score eight straight and take an 8-7 lead, but UNC scored the next five to go up four at 12-8. The score was 14-12 in the Tar Heels’ favor and the Seminoles hit a slump. FSU failed to score for nearly four minutes, during which time North Carolina built an eight point lead at 20-12. The Tar Heels would go up by nine points twice before the Seminoles came storming back. Trailing 23-14, the Tribe went on a 14-3 run and regained the lead at 28-26 at the 3:00 mark and maintained a lead for the remainder of the half, going into the locker room with a 33-30 lead at halftime. Coleman was the only player to score in double figures. Katelyn Vujas led the team with four rebounds and added four points while Brooke Wyckoff also had four points. UNC edged FSU in shooting .458 to .455 and in rebounding 17-14.

The second half started out good for Florida State as the Tribe led by six points twice in the first five minutes. Leading 41-37 at the 13:11 mark, FSU’s Angela Sutton was called for her fourth foul and was given a technical foul for slapping the floor. As a result, UNC hit three straight free throws, starting a 10-0 run which gave the Tar Heels a 47-41 advantage. Despite the momentum shift, the Seminoles did not back down and fought back to tie the game at 56-56 with 5:19 remaining and again at 61-61 at the 3:14 mark. UNC’s Juana Brown hit two of her four treys helping the Tar Heels to a 10-2 run and a 71-63 lead. FSU’s Molly Beal hit a three with 1:23 remaining, pulling the Tribe within five at 71-66, but UNC made its free throws down the stretch for the 10-point win.

“I want to give credit to North Carolina,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “They came out and played extremely aggressive and showed a tremendous amount of poise down the stretch. I thought Latavia (Coleman) had an outstanding first half. I was disappointed that we didn’t get her the ball more in the second half. We win ball games when we get Tay the ball and we are learning that the hard way.

“Losing Angela (Sutton) was definitely a turning point in the game. I have never seen a player get a technical for slapping the floor. She didn’t say anything. But that’s basketball.”

Wyckoff finished the night with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while April Traylor added 13 points. For the Tar Heels, who shot 51 percent for the game thanks to 56 percent in the second half, LaQuanda Barksdale led the way with 19 points while Jackie Higgins had nine boards.


GAME ONE: Despite four FSU players in double figures, No. 16 Duke defeated the Tribe 91-72 in the ACC opener for both schools. The Blue Devils jumped to a 6-0 lead, but FSU came back to tie it and was right into the game for the first six minutes. Trailing by a point at 13-12, the Seminoles scored just one basket over the next eight minutes and allowed Duke to build a 31-14 advantage, but then FSU went on a streak of its own, scoring the game’s next 13 straight to pull within four. The Blue Devils responded, outscoring FSU 15-4 in the remaining minutes of the half to take a 46-32 halftime lead.

FSU scored just six points in the first six minutes of the second half, but committed eight fouls placing Duke in the bonus early. The Blue Devils took advantage of the situation and built a lead of over 20 points with 16 minutes to play. With five minutes to go, Duke increased its lead to 31. FSU’s Jen Robinson got hot from beyond the arc and hit four treys in the remaining minutes to help the Tribe close out the game on a 19-4 run. Duke shot 53 percent from the game, including 8-for-14 from three-point land. Fifty-two fouls were called in the game as three FSU starters fouled out of the contest. Latavia Coleman led the team with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

GAME TWO: Despite three players in double figures, Florida State fell 75-92 to #9 Duke at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center on January 25.

The story was from beyond the arc for the Blue Devils. Duke went 11-for-19 from three-point land. In the first half, FSU fell behind early by seven, but theSeminoles hustled their way back and led 28-25 with 6:12 to play in the half. Duke then hit four straight three-pointers to go from three behind to nine ahead. FSU scored just six points for the remainder of the half and tralied 34-46 at the break.

In the second half, FSU pulled to within 10 points with 13 minutes to go, but the Dukies went on a 16-6 run to take a l 20 point lead at 75-55. Duke’s largest advantage was 21 points at 90-69, but the Seminoles closed out the game on a 6-2 run and fell by 17.

Brooke Wyckoff led FSU with 18 points while Angela Sutton tied her high with 17 and Aprl Traylor added 14.


Monday night’s game will feature two of the top three scorers in the ACC in Latavia Coleman and Georgia Schweitzer. Coleman leads the league at 17.6 points while Schweitzer is third at 16.9 ppg.


With 51 total fouls called in the UNC game, the Tribe made it to the free throw line 32 times! Seems like a great amount, but not really for the Seminoles. FSU has made 30 or more free throw attempts seven times this season, including a season-high 36 attempts in the season-opener vs. Tulsa. FSU averages 25.1 free throw attempts per game but is shooting just 65 percent.


The Seminoles are leading the conference with a 12.7 steals per game average and in blocked shots average at 3.8 swats per game.


Latavia Coleman, who leads the team and the ACC in scoring at 17.6 points per game, is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage. Coleman is shooting 52 percent from the field (3rd in ACC) overall and leads the ACC with a 55 percent shooting percentage in ACC games. However, Coleman is only averaging 9.2 field goal attempts per game in ACC action, compared to 12..2 overall.

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.


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..


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!


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 46 on the year with at least 12 games remaining.


Sophomore April Traylor is playing point guard this season — a new position for the young Seminole. But she’s catching on. Her 4.9 assists per game ranks second 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 seven games total, including four games of 22 points or more!


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.


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.


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.


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


Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.9 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.


Latavia Coleman came back to the court this season on a mission! She not only leads the team in scoring, but is leading the ACC as well. She has scored in double figures in 14 of 16 games, including a season-high 32 in the season-opener vs. Tulsa.


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 16 games, including five of six ACC games, this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:

GAME                 MARGIN FSU LEADER
Tulsa          48-36   +12  Col/Brad        9
USF            33-36    -3  Bradley/Torres  7
UT-Chattanooga 45-34    +9  Coleman         9
Oakland        39-30    +9  Vujas           8
Mercer         35-29    +6  Bradley         9
Florida        33-48   -15  Coleman
Loyola         52-28   +24  Col/Brad/Vuj    8
Chicago State  48-33   +15  Torres          9
St. John's     45-47    -2  Coleman        11
FIU            38-44    -6  Torres          8
Wake Forest    47-36    +9  Wyckoff        11
NC State       33-30    +3  Wyckoff        10
Virginia       34-28    +6  Wyckoff        10
Maryland       39-37    +2  Wyc/Col/Torr    7
Ga. Tech       41-32    +9  Wyckoff         8
UNC            28-38   -10  Wyckoff         7


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. They shot a season-low 55 percent (11-20) from the free throw line in the Chicago State game.


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.


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.


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

Latavia Coleman

1st, 17.6 ppg

3rd, .523 FG%

8th, 2.4 steals pg

April Traylor

8th, 13.4 ppg

2nd, 4.9 assists pg

3rd, 2.9 steals pg

Angela Sutton

6th, 2.5 steals pg


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 seven games.


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.


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 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.


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.


Florida State has had eight different starting lineups so far this season, but the same five have started the past four games.

Tulsa       Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
USF         Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
UT-Chatt.   Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
Oakland     Springle-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
Mercer      Traylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
Florida     Traylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Bradley-Coleman
Loyola      Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Chicago St. Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Vujas-Coleman
St. John's  Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff- Bradley-Coleman
FIU         Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Wake Forest Traylor-Fuchs-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
NC State    Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Virginia    Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Maryland    Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Ga. Tech    Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
UNC         Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:

 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.


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. 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.


1. North Carolina  320
2. NC State        302
3. Virginia        260
4. Duke            208
5. Georgia Tech    192
6. Clemson         166
8. Maryland         88
9. Wake Forest      64

The Seminoles Record When…

At home:                        3-4
On the road:                    4-4
Neutral sites:                  1-0
vs. ACC:                        1-5
Non-Conference:                 7-3
Home ACC:                       1-2
Road ACC:                       0-3
Shooting 50% or better:         3-0
Shooting below 50%:             5-8
Opponent shoots 50% or better:  1-3
Opponent shoots below 50%:      7-5
Outrebound opponent:            6-5
Outrebounded:                   2-3
Rebounds are tied:              0-0
vs. Top 25 opponents:           0-0
vs. Top 10 opponents:           0-1
Leading at halftime:            6-2
Trailing at halftime:           1-5
Tied at halftime:               1-1 
In overtime:                    0-0 
Playing during the day:         2-1
Playing at night:               6-7
November:                       3-2
December:                       2-1
January:                        1-5
February:                       0-0
Monday:                         0-2
Tuesday:                        2-1
Wednesday:                      1-1
Thursday:                       2-1
Friday:                         1-1
Saturday:                       1-0
Sunday:                         2-1
On Television:                  1-2
On Radio:                       4-7
Longest winning streak:           4 
Longest losing streak:            4
Largest margin of victory:       32  
Largest margin of defeat:        10



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

22 vs. Georgia Tech

Latavia Coleman

21 vs. South Florida

26 vs. Florida

20 vs. Loyola

28 vs. Maryland

20 vs. North Carolina

Shinikki Whiting

21 vs. Oakland

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