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Seminoles Host The Maryland Terrapins

Feb. 12, 2000



NEXT UP
The Seminoles will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a 7:00 p.m. tilt with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Thursday, Feb. 17th. The game can be heard live on WNLS Sportsradio AM 1270.Maryland holds a 15-4 series advantage over FSU. The two teams split last season with the Terps winning 94-76 in College Park and the Seminoles taking a 69-63 win in Tallahassee. Three of FSU’s four wins vs. Maryland have come at home. The Terrapins edged the Tribe 68-67 back on January 12th.


LAST TIME OUT
Florida State suffered its worst loss of the season with its 74-59 loss at Virginia on Thursday.

FSU started the game with a 5-2 lead at the 16:37 mark, but then had very little offensive production, scoring just six points over the next nine minutes of play. Virginia took advantage and built a double digit lead at 21-11 with just under eight minutes to go and controlled the remainder of the half, taking a 37-21 lead at the break. Point guard April Traylor got in early foul trouble, played just eight minutes and went scoreles in the first half while the Seminoles committed 13 turnovers. FSU’s leading scorer, Latavia Coleman did score until the 1:59 mark and had just four points in the half. One bright spot was the play of Angela Sutton who led the Tribe with seven points in the first 20 minutes.

Virginia opened the second half on the run and outscored FSU 12-4 in the first three minutes to take its largest lead of 24-points at 49-25. FSU responded with six straight points to pull within 18 and actually closed in to within 14 awt 56-42 with 7:43 to play. The Cavaliers did not back down and again led by as many as 22.

Traylor scored 19 second-half points to lead all players while Coleman also hit double figures with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Brooke Wyckoff was held scoreless for the first time this season. FSU did edge UVA in the rebounding department, 40-39. All five Virginia starters tallied double figures, led by Schuye LaRue’s 15 points and nine rebounds.


THE LAST TIME VS. THE TERPS
Despite 28 strong points from senior Latavia Coleman, the Florida State women’s basketball team missed a chance to win at the buzzer and fell 68-67 to Maryland at Cole Field House.

The Seminoles trailed by just three at 35-32 at halftime, but had to come-from-behind after a slow start. Maryland scored the game’s first six points and led by nine early at 14-5 at the 14:15 mark. Trailing 19-12, the Tribe scored eight straight points to take its first lead at 20-19 with 7:51 to go. The two clubs traded leads. FSU went up 26-22, but then went scoreless for more than three minutes and allowed Maryland to score six straight and take the lead back. Coleman led FSU with 10 and Levys Torres had five rebounds.

The second half started much like the first half – all Maryland. The Terps scored five straight to take an eight point advantage at 40-32. FSU again played comeback ball and took back the lead at 47-45 at 10:51 thanks to a 12-2 Seminole run. The remainder of the game went neck and neck. Maryland went up by four points once, only to have FSU again come back and take a one-point lead at 59-58 with just under five minutes to play. The Terps’ March? Strickland, who led the team with 24 points, hit one of her three treys on their next possession to give Maryland the lead for good. The fifth tie of the game came with 57 seconds to go, but FSU failed to go ahead on its next possession as Torres’ layup just missed and Maryland’s Rosita Melbourne hit the second of two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Terps the one-point advantage. FSU could not score the win as Angela Sutton’s off-balanced jumper missed with two seconds left.

Coleman was the only FSU player to hit double-digits, but three Seminoles, Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff and Torres, tallied seven rebounds apiece.


HEAD COACH





SUE SEMRAU
School Record25-51/3rd
Career Recordsamefor the record



MARYLAND




1999-2000 Record13-10, 4-8
1998-99 Record6-21



HEAD COACH CHRIS WELLER




School Record466-252/25th
Career Recordsamethe series

Probable Starters
















Angela Sutton7.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
12GApril Traylor13.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.6 apg
21FBrooke Wyckoff10.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg
30FLatavia Coleman16.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg
13CLevys Torres3.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
44CLauren Bradley8.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
10GLakesha Springle3.1 ppg, 1.4 apg
20CKatelyn Vujas7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
32GMolly Beal3.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg
33G/FVanessa Fuchs1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
25G/FLako Brown0.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg
51CLea Bennett1.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg
23GShinikki Whiting3.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg



TAY CAN PLAY
Latavia Coleman had another outstanding outing in the Tribe’s one-point loss at 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.


DOUBLE TROUBLE
Latavia Coleman recorded her second double-double of the season at Virginia with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Her first double-double of the season was 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 in the first game vs. Virginia.


STRANGE GAME
Against the Cavaliers, Latavia Coleman didn’t score until the 1:59 mark of the first half and had just four at haltime, April Traylor did not score in the first half and Brooke Wyckoff didn’t score at all.

Traylor was explosive in the second half with a game-high 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

Coleman responded with her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Wyckoff finished the game scoreless — for the first time in her career.


BRADLEY’S BACK … FINALLY!
Freshman Lauren Bradley returned to the court at Virginia on February 10th after missing more than a month of action. Bradley scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in 17 minutes in her first game back since Jan. 6th.


CRASHING THE BOARDS
The Seminoles got themselves back on the good side of the boards against Wake Forest and Virginia. After outrebounding its first five ACC oppponents, FSU was outrebounded it its next four games. Agains the Deacons, however, the Tribe recorded a season-high 55 rebounds and outrebounded them by a margin of 21. FSU edged the Cavs, 40-39.


WITH THIS WIN …
FSU’s win over Wake Forest was the team’s ninth of the season — matching Semrau’s most wins in a season at FSU. 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.


MAGIC #29??
Both of FSU’s ACC wins this season have been by 29 points. The wins mark the second biggest win, by margin, over an ACC opponent. FSU defeated Ga. Tech by 35 points, 88-53, in Coach Semrau’s first season, 1997-98.


WATCH YOUR BACK
The Seminoles ranks second in the ACC with a 11.6 steals per game average and in blocked shots average at 3.6 swats per game.


THE LAST TIME FSU BEAT A RANKED OPPONENT
The last time FSU beat a ranked opponent was Jan. 12, 1993 when the Seminoles defeated #3 Maryland, 68-61, in Tallahassee.


TORRES TAKES CONTROL
Levys Torres led all players with 10 rebounds vs. Wake Forest — a season-high for the junior.


SPRINGLE SETS MARK
Lakesha Springle recorded a career-high seven assists in just 15 minutes in the Wake win.


AT THE HALF
FSU is 7-3 when leading at halftime. The Seminoles were leading in the first round vs. Wake Forest, at North Carolina and vs. Clemson before falling in the second half.


FSU AND FREE THROWS
The Tribe had a season-high 80 percent (12-15) showing in the first game vs. UVA. They shot a season-low 55 percent (11-20) from the free throw line in the Chicago State game.


SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
FSU’s loss to Clemson was the first time this season that the Tribe has shot over 50 percent for a game and lost. Prior to that game, FSU was 3-0 in those games.


SWAT TEAM
As a team, FSU has recorded nearly double the blocks than its opponents. The Tribe has 79 swats to its opponents’ 46. Brooke Wyckoff leads the team with 28.


BRADLEY IS READY TO GO
Freshman Lauren Bradley, who suffered a fracture to her right foot during the NC State game on January 6th, was cleared to play vs. the Wolfpack on Sunday, but did not see action. She will be available for the UVA game and will likely see action.


COLEMAN HITS DOUBLE DIGITS
For the third time this season, Latavia Coleman hit the double-digit mark in rebounding. She grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds at Virginia, a team-high 11 boards to lead the team vs. Auburn and had 11 rebounds in the St. John’s game.


NEED TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THE BALL
The Seminoles committed 28 turnovers vs. Clemson — the most they have in all nine ACC games. FSU also committed 28 turnovers in the first game of the season vs. Tulsa.


GETTING TO THE LINE
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 22.6 free throw attempts per game.


SHOOTING ACCURACY
Latavia Coleman, who is second in the ACC in scoring at 16.4 points per game, is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage. Coleman is shooting 50 percent from the field (3rd in ACC) overall and in ACC games.


LET’S TAKE A LOOK
Let’s take a look at some notables through the first 11 ACC games …

29-point wins over Ga. Tech and Wake Forest were FSU’s second biggest by margin since joining the ACC.

five of nine losses have been by five points or less

FSU outrebounded its opponent in six of 11 league games.


WYCKOFF TAKES OVER ON THE BOARDS
Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in eight of 11 ACC games. Against Maryland, she was one of three players to lead the team with seven boards while at NC State, she shared team honors with April Traylor with eight. In the other six ACC games, she has led the team outright. She is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game in league action.


DOWN TO THE WIRE
In five of nine ACC losses, FSU had either been tied, down a point, or up a point around the one-minute mark of the second half.


ALL AROUND
Brooke Wyckoff is truly an all-around player. With the exception of one game, Wyckoff has recorded at least one assist, block, steal, rebound and point in 15 of 17 games she’s played in.


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!


THREE’S PLEASE
FSU is becoming a three-point shooting team. 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 first UVA game. The Seminoles have hit five or more three’s in a game five times this season. Last year, FSU hit 63 three-pointers for the year. The Tribe already has 67 on the year with at least six 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 4.6 assists per game ranks third in the ACC. But she’s still a scoring threat. Traylor has led the team in scoring six times, including a game-high 22 points in the Tribe’s first ACC win of the season. She has scored in double figures in 11 games total, including four games of 22 points or more!


DISHIN’ IT OUT
Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.6 assists per game leads the team and is third in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 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 second in the ACC. She has scored in double figures in 18 of 22 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 13 of 22 games, including seven of 11 ACC games, this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:


























GAMEMARGINFSU LEADER
Tulsa48-36+12Col/Brad 9
USF33-36-3Bradley/Torres 7
UT-Chattanooga45-34+9Coleman 9
Oakland39-30+9Vujas 8
Mercer35-29+6Bradley 9
Florida33-48-15Coleman 9
Loyola52-28+24Col/Brad/Vuj 8
Chicago State 48-33+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
Maryland39-37+2Wyc/Col/Torr 7
Ga. Tech41-32+9Wyckoff 8
UNC28-38-10Wyckoff 7
Duke35-38– 3Wyckoff 8
Clemson21-31-10Torres 6
Auburn39-43-4Coleman 11
Wake Forest55-34 +21Torres 10
NC State38-44 -6Traylor/Wyk. 8
Virginia40-39+1Coleman 10



IN THE LEAGUE

Here’s where FSU players rank in ACC stats in games overall…

















Latavia Coleman2nd, 16.4 ppg
3rd, .498 FG%
T6th, 2.2 steals pg
April Traylor10th, 13.0 ppg
3rd, 4.6 assists pg
3rd, 2.5 steals pg
Brooke Wyckoff8th, 7.3 rpg
1st, 1.6 blocks pg
10th, 3.1 assists pg
T6th, 2.2 steals pg
Angela SuttonT6th, 2.2 steals pg



WIN STREAK
FSU’s four-game win streak early in the season 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.


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.


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 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, but the same five have started the past 10 games.

























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
MarylandTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Ga. TechTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
UNCTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
DukeTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
ClemsonTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
AuburnTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Wake ForestTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
NC StateTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-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.


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

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