Feb. 16, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The series between Florida State and Georgia Tech is tied at 10-10. The Yellow Jackets swept the Seminoles last season, 92-70 in Atlanta and 86-78 in Tallahassee, but the Tribe won the two games in 1997-98. FSU is 3-6 vs. Georgia Tech in Tallahassee and 5-4 in Atlanta.
Thursday, February 17, 2000 – 7:00 p.m.
Alexander Memorial Coliseum – WNLS Sportsradio AM 1270
|1999-2000 Record||10-13, 2-9|
|1999-2000 Record||12-11, 5-8|
The Seminoles will host red-hot North Carolina in FSU’s last home game of the 1999-2000 season on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. It will be senior night and the game will be shown on Sunshine Network.
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
Florida State senior Latavia Coleman scored a game-high 20 points to lead the women’s basketball team to a 66-52 win over Maryland Sunday afternoon at the Leon County Civic Center.
Both teams came out running to start the game. The aggressive play resulted in numerous turnovers for both teams as each club committed season-highs in the category (FSU 32, Maryland 30) for the game. Maryland scored first and led the Tribe 7-6 at the 14:18 mark, but the FSU took over. Coleman hit a layup at 13:34 to regain the advantage for the Seminoles and the Tribe would not trail again. A Brooke Wyckoff driving layup with 5:34 to go gave FSU its largest lead of the half at 31-15, but Maryland went on a 10-2 run to pull within eight at 33-25 at the break.
Maryland pulled to within five twice in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Seminoles adjusted. Leading 39-34, FSU ran off eight unanswered points to increase its lead to 47-34 with 7:23 left. Ahead 51-40 with under five minutes to play, Florida State outscored the Terrapins 11-2 for its largest lead of the game at 62-42 with 1:55 remaining. Maryland finished the contest strong, scoring 10 of the game’s final 14 points, but could not catch the Seminoles.
Marche Strickland led the Terrapins with 13 points and five rebounds while Vicki Brick added 12 points and five assists. Aside from Coleman, Wyckoff tallied double figures with 11. Guard Angela Sutton added nine points and a team-high five assists and shared rebounding honors with Coleman with seven.
“I’m excited that we got a big win like this today,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we were a little out of sync offensively, but we had a great game on the defensive end. Our defense was really the difference in the game.
“Maryland hasn’t won here since I’ve been at Florida State and I think the kids really took that to heart and tried to establish a home-court advantage.”
Florida State shot 51 percent for the game and held the Terrapins to just 33 percent from the field. The Tribe also got it done on the boards and outrebounded Maryland, 38-28.
THE LAST TIME VS. THE YELLOW JACKETS
The Seminoles had no trouble ending their four-game losing streak with a convincing 93-64 victory over Georgia Tech. 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.
WITH THIS WIN …
FSU’s win over Maryland was the team’s 10th of the season — the most at FSU since the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles finished 13-14. FSU went 9-18 in Semrau’s first season. FSU’s last winning season was in 1991-92 at 17-11. The victory also game FSU one more ACC win than all of last season.
SHE REALLY NEEDS TO SHOOT MORE
Latavia Coleman is averaging just 12.3 field goal attempts per game and has just 282 attempts for the season. She is second in scoring in the ACC only to UNC’s LaQuanda Barksdale, who has attempted 100 more shots (382) than Coleman and has played one more game for an average of 15.9 fga per game.
FSU’s win over Maryland was the fifth time the Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better in a game this season. The Tribe is 4-1 in those games. The Clemson game was the onlt time this season that the Tribe has shot over 50 percent for a game and lost.
NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED
Angela Sutton contributed in many ways to the victory over Maryland. The sophomore had nine points and a game-high seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. She also had nine points and four rebounds at UVA.
TURNING IT UP, BUT TURNING IT OVER
The Maryland game was indeed an up-tempo one and unfortunately, that was proven by the turnovers. Both teams committed season-highs in turnovers with FSU recording 32 and the Terps 30.
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!
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 69 on the year with at least five games remaining.
TAY CAN PLAY
Latavia Coleman had another outstanding outing game in FSU’s win over Maryland. She tallied a game-high 20 points and had seven rebounds. In the Tribe’s one-point loss at Maryland, she 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.
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.
The Virginia game was indeed strange. 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 have now outrebounded its opponent in three straight games. 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 and outdid the Terps 38-28.
Two 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 rank first in the ACC with a 11.8 steals per game average and is tied for first in blocked shots average at 3.7 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 8-3 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.
As a team, FSU has recorded nearly double the blocks than its opponents. The Tribe has 84 swats to its opponents’ 50. Brooke Wyckoff leads the team with 30.
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.
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 22.5 free throw attempts per game.
Latavia Coleman, who is second in the ACC in scoring at 16.6 points per game, is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage. Coleman is shooting 51 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 in ACC games …
WYCKOFF TAKES OVER ON THE BOARDS
Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in eight of 12 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 7.4 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.
Brooke Wyckoff is truly an all-around player. Wyckoff has recorded at least one assist, block, steal, rebound and point in 16 of 18 games she’s played in.
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 4.5 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 4.5 assists per game leads the team and is third in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 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 19 of 23 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 14 of 23 games, including eight of 12 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|
|Duke||35-38||– 3||Wyckoff 8|
|Wake Forest||55-34||+21||Torres 10|
|NC State||38-44||-6||Traylor/Wyk. 8|
IN THE LEAGUE
Here’s where FSU players rank in ACC stats in games overall…
|Latavia Coleman||2nd, 16.6 ppg|
|3rd, .507 FG%|
|T7th, 2.1 steals pg|
|April Traylor||10th, 12.8 ppg|
|3rd, 4.5 assists pg|
|3rd, 2.5 steals pg|
|Brooke Wyckoff||9th, 7.1 rpg|
|1st, 1.7 blocks pg|
|T7th, 2.1 steals pg|
|Angela Sutton||5th, 2.3 steals pg|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Newcomer Todd Van Dyke will provide the play-by-play while former Seminole Liberty Taylor will serve as color analyst for the second straight season.
The remaining radio schedule is as follows:
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
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|
The Seminoles Record When…
|On the road:||4-6|
|Shooting 50% or better:||4-1|
|Shooting below 50%:||6-12|
|Opponent shoots 50% or better:||1-3|
|Opponent shoots below 50%:||9-10|
|Rebounds are tied:||0-0|
|vs. Top 25 opponents:||0-5|
|vs. Top 10 opponents:||0-2|
|Leading at halftime:||8-3|
|Trailing at halftime:||1-9|
|Tied at halftime:||1-1|
|Playing during the day:||3-3|
|Playing at night:||7-10|
|Longest winning streak:||4|
|Longest losing streak:||4|
|Largest margin of victory:||32|
|Largest margin of defeat:||15|