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Seminoles Looking For a Super Sunday vs. Georgia Tech

January 29, 1999



Sunday, January 31st, 1999 – 12:30 pm

Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center

THE GAME IS LIVE ON ACC TV
*Sunshine Network in Florida


LEADING LADIES

24 G Jen Robinson 11.6 ppg, 4.3 apg
12 G April Traylor 11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg
41 F Tamara Gracey 10.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff 14.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg
23 F Arleshia Davidson 7.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg

SUPPORTING CAST

11  G    Angela Sutton       6.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg
10  G    Val Linley          0.7 ppg, 1.9 apg
33  G/F  Vanessa Fuchs       2.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg
00  G    Lakesha Springle    1.8 ppg, 1.2 apg
15  G    Sandra Ulysse       0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
25  G/F  Lako Brown          1.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg
51  C    Lea Bennett         1.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg
30  F    Latavia Coleman    20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg

out for the season


FLORIDA STATE

1998-99 Record: 6-13, 1-9

1997-98 Record: 9-18


Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2


Head Coach Sue Semrau

School Record   15-31/2nd
Career Record   15-31/2nd 


GEORGIA TECH

1998-99 Record: 11-9, 4-6

1997-98 Record: 11-17

Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3


Head Coach Agnus Berenato

School Record   155-150/11
Career Record   215-205/15  


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.


It’s a passion that quickly became contagious.


“But that Seminole spirit, that sense that victory is in that next shot, that next pass, that next steal…” one sportswriter wrote about the Seminoles.

Semrau believed in the team and soon the team began to believe in itself and then the results became evident. In just one season at the helm, Semrau led Florida State to its most victories since 1992-93 and its best ACC record and finish since 1992-93, including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent.

Prior to coming to Florida State, Semrau served three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin under Badger Head Coach Jane Albright-Dieterle. Semrau joined Albright-Dieterle at Northern Illinois in 1991 where she assisted in leading NIU to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.



COLEMAN OUT FOR THE SEASON

Seminole leading scorer Latavia Coleman, a junior forward, suffered a season-ending knee injury in an evening practice on Saturday, December 26th. An MRI revealed that Coleman has a complex tear of the cartilage and a significant ACL tear in her right knee, the same knee that she has surgery to repair torn cartilage on in October of 1997. She will undergo surgery on January 15th.


COULDN’T STOP COLEMAN

Latavia Coleman had scored in double figures in all 10 games this season, but even more remarkable was her shooting accuracy of .547. The junior forward shot 50 percent or better in seven games. She was averaging a team-high 15.0 field goal attempts per game and was making 8.2 of them.


SUTTON SEES IT AND THEN DOES IT

In just her second game back since injuring her foot on December 26th, freshman guard Angela Sutton, who missed six games, tied her career high with 17 points in 26 minutes off of the bench vs. #9 Duke. Sutton, who saw 24 minutes of play vs. Virgnia in her first game back, was 3-of-4 from three-point range — her first treys of the season.


WHO’S PICKING UP THE SLACK?

With Coleman out, someone has had to help make up for her 20.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In FSU’s case, it has been several players. In the nine games since her absence…


Brooke Wyckoff has recorded four double-doubles and scored in double figures in seven games;


Tamara Gracey has scored in double figures in seven games, including a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. UNC;


Arleshia Davidson, Coleman’s replacement in the lineup, has had double figures in four games;


April Traylor has had double digits in the seven games.


APRIL HAS COME BACK STRONG

Freshman guard April Traylor, who suffered an injury to her lower right back vs. South Florida, played just nine minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton and did not play at all vs. Pepperdine or Western Carolina. She returned to the lineup vs. Georgia and has scored more points with about each game. Since her return, she had had double figures in seven of nine games and is averaging 14.3 points per game over this span.


LAST TIME VS. GEORGIA TECH

For the second straight game, three Seminoles fouled out as Florida State, playing without the services of starters Latavia Coleman and Angela Sutton, fell 92-70 to Georgia Tech on January 2nd at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

A city power surge delayed the start of the game as the lights at the Coliseum went out during pre-game warmups. The problem reoccurred at the 13:55 mark of the second half, again delaying action for approximately 23 minutes. When play resumed, the Seminoles, who trailed by just seven at 49-42, struggled. Georgia Tech had the momentum and scored 14 of the game’s next 18 points and gained control of the game. The Seminoles couldn’t hit from anywhere as the fouls started piling up. FSU committed its 10th foul at the 10:56 mark, placing the Lady Jackets into the double-bonus situation. Tamara Gracey was the first to foul out of the game with nine minutes to play. Starters Brooke Wyckoff and Arleshia Davidson were both eliminated with just over five minutes to play. After going 7-or-9 from the free throw line in the first half, Florida State ended the game shooting 21-31 from the line.

In the first half, an April Traylor three-pointer gave the Seminoles a 10-point advantage at 16-6 at the 13:17 mark, but then the scoring stopped for Florida State. The Tribe failed to score again until 7:57 left in the first half during which time Georgia Tech went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-16 lead. After tying the game at 7:57, the Tribe went on to build a six-point lead at 27-21 on another trey by Traylor, but scored just three baskets in the remaining time and went into the lockerroom with a slim one-point lead at 33-32.


Wyckoff recorded her second-straight double-double and fourth of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Gracey also scored in double digits with 12 points.


LAST TIME OUT

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.


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.



AMAZING GRACEY


Senior Tamara Gracey was simply amazing in the North Carolina game in Chapel Hill. She went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field, 6-for-6 from the free throw line for a career-high 24 points and grabbed a career-high 13 boards. Her previous highs were 19 points vs. NC State and 11 rebounds vs. Clemson.


DUKE COACH GAIL GOESTENKORS SAID AFTER FSU GAME…

“I’m happy to come away with a win. It was a hard-fought game. Florida State played very well and were very prepared. I felt that we never got into the flow and that was because of Florida State’s defense.”


NOT TOO SHABBY

The Seminoles outrebounded UNC by 10 — 40-30 — its largest margin over an ACC opponent this season. FSU also had its best shooting percentage vs. an ACC opponent vs. North Carolina. In the first game, the Tribe shot .580 while in their second meeting, FSU went .563.



WHO’S DOING THE SCORING?

The future is indeed bright for these young Seminoles. Against Duke, a sophomore and two freshmen led FSU in scoring. Not an unusual occurrence for the Tribe. Through 19 games, a freshman or sophomore has led FSU in scoring in 11 contests.

The Breakdown:

Jr., Coleman:   6 times (6 of first 10 games before injury)
So., Wyckoff:   6 times (including one tie)
Fr., Traylor:   4 times
Fr., Sutton:    1 time
Sr., Gracey:    2 times
Sr., Robinson:  1 time (including one tie)

TURNING IT UP

Senior guard Jen Robinson has turned it up a notch this season. Not only is she helping her teammates to score with a team-high 4.2 assists per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through 19 games, Robinson had tallied double figures in 13 contests, including a season-high 18 points vs. No. 8 North Carolina. In that game Robinson was unstoppable, shooting 70 percent from the field while also recording six assists and five steals.


FROM THE LINE

The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season, but against Duke on January 25th, FSU had its best showing of the season. The Tribe went 18-of-21 for a season-high .857. Prior to that game, FSU’s best outing percentage-wise was .800 on 24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech. However, FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in eight games, including a season-high 14 in the Maryland game.

WYCKOFF WAS FLYING HIGH

Sophomore Brooke Wyckoff went wild vs. Maryland with a career-high 28 points, leading both teams. She was 9-for-17 from the field and 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Against Wake Forest, she had one of her best overall games of the season. She scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds — both game-highs. It was her sixth double-double of the season. All this plus three steals and two assists and blocks in 35 minutes of play.


THE WIN VS. WAKE…

gave FSU its first ACC win of the season

snapped a four-game losing streak

gave FSU its first win since losing Coleman
and Sutton to injuries.

DAVIDSON TAKES ‘EM DOWN

Arleshia Davidson grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Wake Forest and recorded her first career double-double with 15 points in the game.


WITH SUCH GRACE

Senior Tamara Gracey plays with such grace that you don’t know what she’s done in a game until you see the boxscore. Oh so quietly, in 18 starts Gracey has scored in double figures in 12 games and has had seven or more rebounds in 11 games, including a career-high 13 vs. UNC.



LEADING AT THE BREAK

Florida State has led at halftime in eight games this season, but has won just five of those games. In the losses, the Seminoles led 44-43 vs. UNC; 33-32 vs. Georgia Tech and 26-23 vs. #12 Clemson. The Tribe has come back to win just one game when they were trailing at the half. That was the season-opener at Tulsa when FSU trailed 34-35.



TOUGH SLATE

According to this week’s rankings, Florida State will face or have faced seven teams who are currently ranked in the AP poll.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL

FSU has had three starters foul out in four games this season — all on the road. Against Duke in Durham, Traylor, Coleman and Wyckoff were disqualified. At Georgia, it was Traylor, Davidson and Gracey while at Georgia Tech, Gracey, Davidson and Wyckoff were all out of the game with more than five minutes to play. At UNC, Wyckoff, Traylor and Sutton were eliminated. Wyckoff leads the team with 68 fouls.


ON RADIO

One remaining FSU regular-season women’s basketball games will be aired on WNLS Radio. Dave Kriger returns to do play-for-play while former Seminole Liberty Taylor joins the team as the color anaylst. All FSU radio games can be heard on the internet by logging on to the women’s basketball page on FSU’s website … seminoles.com. Click on the broadcast.com icon and follow the directions! Note that the times listed on the broadcast.com schedule are Central Standard Time.


BIG WIN

Florida State’s 44-point win over Western Carolina ranks ninth among FSU’s Top 10 wins all-time. FSU’s biggest win ever was by 84 points — a 100-16 win over West Florida in the 1975-76 season.


BACK ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE BOARD

FSU has outrebounded its opponent in 8 of 19 of its games this season. The Seminoles largest margin has been 16 vs. Western Carolina, following by 11 rebounds vs. No. 4 Georgia. The most the Tribe has been outrebounded by has been by 9 boards vs. Clemson.



IS IT BROOKE OR “BLOCK” WYCKOFF?

Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 42 swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.2 per game.


SHAKIN’ UP THE LINEN’ UP

Florida State started the same five players for its first seven games of the season in Coleman, Wyckoff, Robinson, Gracey and Traylor. Traylor’s injury shook things up a bit. FSU started Sutton and Springle in place of Traylor and Gracey vs. Pepperdine. Against Cal State Fullerton and Western Carolina, Gracey returned to the lineup and Sutton got both starts. With the injuries to Coleman and Sutton, the FSU lineup had been Robinson, Traylor, Wyckoff, Davidson and Gracey for seven games, but against Duke, Linley started for Davidson and against Carolina, Sutton started for Davidson.


THE LINEUPS QUICKLY:


First seven games:

Robinson-Traylor-Coleman-Wyckoff-Gracey


vs. Pepperdine:

Robinson-Springle-Sutton-Coleman-Wyckoff


vs. Cal State Fullerton, Western Carolina:

Robinson-Sutton-Coleman-Wyckoff-Gracey


seven games from Georgia to Virginia:

Robinson-Traylor-Davidson-Wyckoff-Gracey


vs. Duke (1/25)

Robinson-Traylor-Linley-Wyckoff-Gracey


UNC (1/28)

Robinson-Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Gracey



SUTTON WAS SOMETHIN’


Before missing six games with an injury… Angela Sutton had the Seminole fans on their feet in FSU’s 83-74 win over South Florida. The 5-10 rookie guard played 28 minutes off of the bench and recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. But that wasn’t all! Sutton also tallied a game-high six steals in the game and had two assists. She shared rebounding honors with teammate Brooke Wyckoff.



DOUBLE TROUBLE

Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff , Angela Sutton, Arleshia Davidson and Tamara Gracey have all recorded double-doubles this season.


Wyckoff has done it six times:

14 points, 10 rebounds vs. Florida International 
16 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida
19 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia
12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech
17 points, 11 rebounds vs. Clemson
21 points, 13 rebounds vs. Wake Forest

Coleman did it twice:

30 points, 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech 
21 points, 10 boards vs. Pepperdine

Sutton earned the honor off of the bench:

13 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida

Gracey:

11 points, 10 rebounds vs. Wake Forest
24 points, 13 rebounds vs. UNC

Davidson:

15 points, 11 rebounds vs. Wake Forest

HAND CHECK

A total of 54 fouls were called in the FSU-Long Beach game while 52 fouls were called during the FSU-Duke game in Durham. Against the Blue Devils, three Seminole starters, Traylor, Wyckoff and Coleman, fouled out of the contest.


THE CENTURY MARK

Florida State’s 101 points vs. North Carolina in their first meeting marked the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Tribe had hit the century mark in points. In that year, FSU did it twice within five days with 100 points vs. FAMU on February 24, 1992 and 104 points vs. Oral Roberts on February 29, 1992. Last season, North Carolina scored 103 points in its win over FSU.


OVERTIME GAMES

The Carolina overtime contest was FSU’s first OT game of the season and first since last year’s game vs. Virginia on February 2nd, 1998. In that game, the Tribe fell 76-83 to the Cavaliers. Overall, FSU is 12-6 in overtime games since 1977-78.


COLEMAN TIES ALL-TIME SINGLE GAME MARK

Latavia Coleman’s career-high 30 points vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech and her 38 points. vs. No. 8 North Carolina places her among an elite group … the Florida State 30-point Club. Only 11 other Florida State players have scored 30 points or more in a game. Coleman tied the all-time mark for points in a single game with 38 vs. UNC. Tia Paschal set the mark with 38 points vs. North Carolina in 1993.


GIVE ME THE BALL

Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more steals than its opponents in 10 games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina.

WYCKOFF REACHED NEW HEIGHTS

Brooke Wyckoff set new highs early this season. Against La. Tech on Nov. 19th, she tied her career-high with 15 rebounds (also vs. FAMU 11/16/97) and in steals with seven. She has since scored 21 points vs. Wake Forest for a new high. Her previous mark was six steals vs. Virginia (1/2/98).


SUTTON EARNS ACC ROOKIE

Angela Sutton, who hails from Cleveland, Tennessee, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Rookie of the Week on November 23rd.


Sutton, a 5-10 guard, scored 17 points, grabbed three rebounds, had two assists and three steals in just 16 minutes of play off of the bench in FSU’s 30-point win over Long Beach State in the first round of the 1998 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic. The rookie went 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-8 from the charity stripe.


Sutton became the second FSU freshman to earn the honor this season as fellow guard April Traylor was named this season’s first ACC Rookie of the Week.


CLASSIC HONORS

For the second straight season, Latavia Coleman has earned Tallahassee Democrat All-Tournament Team honors. This season, sophomore Brooke Wyckoff joins her with honors.


LA TECH HEAD COACH LEON BARMORE SAID

About the FSU/La. Tech game: “This game was exactly what I thought it would be. I wasn’t at all surprised by Florida State’s play. Sue Semrau has them going in the right direction.”



TRAYLOR PEGGED ACC ROOKIE

Freshman April Traylor, of Martinsville, Indiana, was named this season’s first Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week after leading the Seminoles to a 76-67 victory over Tulsa in the squad’s season-opener on Saturday.
Traylor, a 5-10 guard, scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three-point range. She grabbed seven rebounds and posted a team-high six steals while also contributing two assists in 36 minutes of play.


FSU NO. 50 IN BASKETBALL NEWS PRESEASON POLL

Florida State was selected the No. 50 team in the nation in the Basketball News preseason Top 64 poll in the publication’s first-ever preview magazine.


WYCKOFF ON THE USA TEAM

Brooke Wyckoff represented herself and Florida State this summer as a member of the 1998 USA Select Team. The squad traveled abroad for 15 days making stops in Puerto Rico, Poland and Spain, and compiled a 7-1 record against the respective national teams.

COLEMAN’S A SECOND TEAM PICK

Junior Latavia Coleman, the ACC’s returning leading scorer at 17.7 ppg, was selected a Media Preseason All-Conference second team pick. Coleman has earned ACC honors in each of her first two seasons. She was a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team in 1997 and a All-ACC Second Team selection in 1998.


LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

The Tribe will have 16 games either televised on Sunshine Network or aired on WNLS-AM 1270 Radio this season. Here’s the remaining schedule:

1/31 Georgia Tech (RSN) 12:30 p.m. 2/4 at NC State (SUN) 7 p.m. 2/7 Clemson (SUN) 5 p.m. 2/11 at Florida (SUN) 7 p.m. WNLS Radio (1270 AM) 2/18 Maryland 7 p.m


The Seminoles Record When…

At home: 4-6

On the road: 2-7

Neutral sites: 0-0

vs. ACC: 1-9

Non-Conference: 5-4

Home ACC: 1-4

Road ACC: 0-5

Shooting 50% or better: 3-2

Shooting below 50%: 3-11

Opponent shoots 50% or better: 1-4

Opponent shoots below 50%: 5-9

Outrebound opponent: 3-5

Outrebounded: 2-8

Rebounds are tied: 1-0

vs. Top 25 opponents: 0-8

vs. Top 10 opponents: 0-5

Leading at halftime: 5-3

Trailing at halftime: 1-10

Tied at halftime: 0-0

In overtime: 0-1

Playing during the day: 2-2

Playing at night: 4-11

November: 2-2

December: 3-4

January: 1-7

Monday: 2-3

Tuesday: 0-0

Wednesday: 0-1

Thursday: 1-5

Friday: 0-1

Saturday: 2-2

Sunday: 1-1


On Television: 1-4


Longest winning streak: 2

Longest losing streak: 4 (twice)

Largest margin of victory: 44

Largest margin of defeat: 23




FOUR BIG SIGNINGS


FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 8 by Basketball Times and No. 9 by Baskeball News Magazine.


Florida State women’s basketball Head Coach Sue Semrau has announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles next season. Shinikki Whiting of Clearwater, FL (Clearwater), Lauren Bradley of Lake Mary, FL (Lake Mary), Katelyn Vujas of Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth) and Molly Beal of Mission Hills, KS (Pembroke) will wear the garnet and gold in 1999-2000.

Whiting, a Street and Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American, is a 5-9 guard from Clearwater High School. A two-time All-State and All-County Player of the Year, Whiting also earned Florida Class 5A Player of the Year honors last season. Whiting, who has already established the scoring record at Clearwater with 1,788 points, holds career averages of 19.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game through her three-year career. The record-holder in 11 individual school records, Whiting was invited to the USA Basketball World Youth Games Trial last year. Whiting, whose father Mike was a running back at Florida State from 1979-81, plays for Tom Shaneyfelt at Clearwater High School and was coached by Craig Keeler on the Tampa Bay Shooters AAU Team.


Bradley, a 1998 All-USA Today Team selection, is a 6-3 center from Lake Mary High School. The two-time first team All-State honoree holds career averages of 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. A 1998 member of the All-Southeast Team, Bradley is a three-time All-Conference selection and was named the 1997 and 1998 Orlando Sentinel Seminole County Player of the Year. Bradley is coached by Carl Brown at Lake Mary and intends to major in Criminal Justice at Florida State.

Vujas, a 6-3 center from Wadsworth High School, earned first team All-State honors in 1997 and 1998 and helped lead her team to the 1997 Division I state championship. The Northeast Ohio Inland District Player of the Year, Vujas has scored 1,127 career points, which makes her a member of Wadsworth High School’s 1,000 point club and ranks 11th on Medina County all-time career scoring list. A member of the 1998 AAU 17 and Under Junior Olympics National Championship team, Vujas was also a 1998 USA Basketball World Youth Games Trial invitee. Vujas, who would like to major in the area of Communications, is coached by Todd Osborn at Wadworth High School and Dan Lewis on her AAU team, the Columbus Lions.

Beal, a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American, will come to Florida State from Pembroke High School in Mission Hills, Kansas. A two-time, first team All-State selection, Beal averaged 20.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game as she led her team to a 25-4 record in 1998. The 5-11 guard is coached by Mark Spigarelli at Pembroke and Bob Benson of the Kansas Belles AAU Team.

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