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Seminoles Look To Keep Ball Rolling Against Virginia

Feb. 5, 2000


NEXT UP

The Seminoles keep the show on the road with a 7:30 p.m. tilt at Virginia on Thursday, February 10th. Five of FSU’s eight games in February are on the road. Florida State and NC State have met 17 times since the 1991-92 season and the Wolfpack holds a 14-3 series advantage. FSU’s last win over NC State was in the 1993-94 season — a 59-58 victory in Raleigh.

LAST TIME OUT

The Florida State Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, 76-47, Thursday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, avenging its 64-59 loss to the Demon Deacons a month ago. The Noles improved to 9-11 overall, 2-7 in the ACC with the win while the Deacons’ record falls to 6-15 overall and 2-8 in the ACC. Latavia Coleman and April Traylor led the Tribe with 17 points apiece in the 29 point victory while Levys Torres led all players in rebounding with a season-high 10 boards for the Noles. Kristen Shaffer led the Demon Deacons with 14 points.

Traylor, a sophomore, opened the scoring for the Noles just 0:29 into the game and there was no turning back. With 15:54 remaining in the first half, the Tribe jumped ahead 9-2. The Seminoles continued to build on their lead, but Wake responded three times to close the gap to seven. The home team rallied. From the 11:04 mark to the 5:49 mark, the Tribe went on a 10-1 run to earn its largest lead of the half at 27-11. Freshman Katelyn Vujas grabbed five rebounds and put in two points to preserve the lead as the Noles never let the Deacons get closer than 11 points and headed to the locker room with a 33-22 advantage. Coleman led the scoring in the first half with 12 points, while Wake’s Shaffer put in eight points. The Seminoles shot 52 percent (16-31) from the floor, while the Deacs shot just 28 percent on 9-of-32.

The second half was more of the same for the dominating Tribe. The Deacs opened the half by closing the Seminole lead to nine at 33-24, but that was the closest they would come. FSU outscored Wake Forest 43-25 during the half and led by as many as 30 at 74-44 with 1:52 remaining. Along with Coleman and Traylor, Brooke Wyckoff also hit double figures with 10 points while Torres added nine points and Vujas contributed a season-high nine boards and six points. Sophomore Lakesha Springle had a career-high seven assists. The Noles scored 23 on second chances while the Deacons’ scored only four in the same manner. FSU also dominated with 32 points off turnovers to Wake’s 14. The bench was strong as every Seminole saw action and the team shot 45.2 percent on 33 of 73 from the floor. The Deacons shot only 29.8 percent on 17 of 57. The Tribe outrebounded Wake by 21 with a season-high 55 rebounds.

“We showed up at the wrong time,” Wake Forest Head Coach Charlene Curtis said. “FSU played a determined game. They beat us up and down the floor. They beat us on the boards. Hats off to them. They played a great game tonight.”

“I’m very proud of our team,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We played like we’re capable of playing. Defensively, we did a good job, but I expect our team to play like this. It’s a good win to start the second half.”


FSU Probable starters

11 G Angela Sutton    8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
12 G April Traylor   12.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.6 apg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff  11.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman 16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
13 C Levys Torres     3.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg

10 G Lakesha Springle 3.2 ppg, 1.5 apg 20 C Katelyn Vujas 6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg 23 G Shinikki Whiting 4.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg 32 G Molly Beal 3.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg 25 G/F Lako Brown 0.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg 51 C Lea Bennett 1.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg 44 C Lauren Bradley 8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg * out 4-6 wks


COMING OFF THE BENCH

Seminoles travel to Raleigh to face Wolfpack
Sunday, February 6, 2000 – 2 p.m.
Reynolds Coliseum – Raleigh, N.C.

FLORIDA STATE

1999-2000 Record 9-11, 2-7
1998-99 Record   7-20

HEAD COACH

SUE SEMRAU

School Record 25-48/3rd

Career Record same for the record

#11 NC STATE

1999-2000 Record  17-4, 8-2
1998-99 Record   17-12

HEAD COACH

KAY YOW

School Record 529-218/25th

Career Record 586-237/29

CRASHING THE BOARDS

The Seminoles got themselves back on the good side of the boards against Wake Forest. 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.

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.

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 went 18-for-30 in its four-point loss to No. 3 NC State a month ago, but improved with a season-high 80 percent (12-15) showing vs. UVA in the next game. 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.

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. The 12-point loss to Clemson was also FSU’s largest defeat, by margin, of the year.

SWAT TEAM

As a team, FSU has recorded more than double the blocks than its opponents. The Tribe has 76 swats to its opponents’ 36. Brooke Wyckoff leads the team with 27.

BRADLEY MAY BE BACK FOR WOLFPACK

Freshman Lauren Bradley who suffered a fracture to her right foot during the NC State game on January 6th, may return to action against the Wolfpack. Bradley is averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

WATCH YOUR BACK

The Seminoles entered the week leading the conference with a 11.8 steals per game average and in blocked shots average at 3.8 swats per game.

COLEMAN HITS DOUBLE DIGITS

For the second time this season, Latavia Coleman hit the double-digit mark in rebounding. She grabbed a team-high 11 boards to lead the team vs. Auburn. She also 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 of their 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 23.0 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 is second in ACC games.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK

Let’s take a look at some notables through the first eight ACC games …

  • 29-point wins over Ga. Tech and Wake Forest were FSU’s second biggest by margin since joining the ACC.
  • five of seven losses have been by five points or less
  • FSU outrebounded its opponent in six of nine league games.

    WYCKOFF TAKES OVER ON THE BOARDS

    Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in seven of nine ACC games. Against Maryland, she was one of three players to lead the team with seven boards. In the other six ACC games, she has led the team outright. She is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game in league action, which ranks her fifth.

    DOWN TO THE WIRE

    In five of seven 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 all 15 games she’s played in. The Chicago State game was the only game that Wyckoff didn’t record a block.

    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 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 61 on the year with at least eight 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 second in the ACC. But she’s still a scoring threat. Traylor has led the team in scoring five times, including a game-high 22 points in the Tribe’s first ACC win of the season. She has scored in double figures in 10 games total, including four games of 22 points or more!

    GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY!

    Freshman Molly Beal is starting to be a factor from beyond the arc. In ACC games only, she ranks sixth in the league at 1.8 three’s per game. She is shooting 50 percent (16-32) from three-point range in ACC games. She hit 4-of-5 treys vs. Clemson and had a career day vs. Virginia when 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.

    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.

    DISHIN’ IT OUT

    Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.6 assists per game leads the team and is second in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.9 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 16 of 20 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 12 of 20 games, including six of nine 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
    Duke            35-38    -3  Wyckoff         8
    Clemson         21-31   -10  Torres          6
    Auburn          39-43    -4  Coleman        11
    Wake Forest     55-34   +21  Torres         10
    

    IN THE LEAGUE

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

    Latavia Coleman  2nd, 16.4 ppg
                     3rd, .500 FG%
                    T6th, 2.3 steals pg
    

    April Traylor 10th, 12.9 ppg 2nd, 4.6 assists pg 3rd, 2.5 steals pg

    Brooke Wyckoff 6th, 7.4 rpg 1st, 1.8 blocks pg

    Angela Sutton T6th, 2.3 steals pg

    Katelyn Vujas T7th, 0.6 blocks 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.

    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    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.

    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 eight 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
    Duke        Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
    Clemson     Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
    Auburn      Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
    Wake Forest Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Colema
    

    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.

    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.
    

    ON THE TUBE

    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:

     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
     3. Virginia        260
     4. Duke            208
     5. Georgia Tech    192
     6. Clemson         166
     7. FLORIDA STATE   110
     8. Maryland         88
     9. Wake Forest      64
    
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