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Seminoles Ring in the New Year with Georgia and Georgia Tech

December 22, 1998

Latavia Coleman is averaging 21 points a game for ‘Noles.

vs. Georgia * Wed., Dec. 30th * 7:30 pm * WNLS Radio

vs. Georgia Tech * Sat., Jan. 2nd * 2:00 pm * Sunshine


LAST TIME OUT

The Florida State women’s basketball team gave Seminoles fans an
early Christmas present with an 83-39 victory over Western Carolina on
December 21st. FSU started the game on a 16-0 run and kept on running
as the Seminoles took the decisive 44-point win to improve to 5-5. The
Catamounts fell to 4-5 with the loss.

Everyone played for Florida State, with the exception of injured April
Traylor, as the squad shot 55 percent from the field for the game.
Sophomore Brooke Wyckoff and senior Jen Robinson led the way with 16
points apiece while junior Latavia Coleman added 15 points and freshman
Angela Sutton added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds. It was a
defensive effort from the get-go as the Tribe doubled Western Carolina’s
steals 22-11 and outrebounded the Catamounts 43-27. Sutton and reserve
guard Lakesha Springle led the surge with six steals each.

All but three Seminoles scored in the effort. Wyckoff led all scorers
in the first half with 12 points — matching Western Carolina’s team
total. FSU led by 30 at the break, 42-12.

For Western Carolina, April Fleck led the way with 12 points while
Kristy Kent recorded a team-high five rebounds off of the bench. The
Catamounts shot just 25 percent from the field and had 29 turnovers.

LEADING LADIES

                    
24  G   Jen Robinson        13.1 ppg, 4.4 apg
11  G   Angela Sutton        6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
41  F   Tamara Gracey        8.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
21  F   Brooke Wyckoff      13.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg
30  F   Latavia Coleman     20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg

SUPPORTING CAST

12 G April Traylor 7.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg 23 F Arleshia Davidson 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg 10 G Val Linley 0.8 ppg, 1.3 apg 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg 00 G Lakesha Springle 2.6 ppg, 1.4 apg 15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg 25 G/F Lako Brown 1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg 51 C Lea Bennett 1.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg


FLORIDA STATE

1998-99 Record 5-5

1997-98 Record 9-18

Starters Returning/Lost 3/2

Head Coach Sue Semrau

School Record 14-23/2nd

Career Record 14-23/2nd

#5 GEORGIA

1998-99 Record 10-0

1997-98 Record 17-11

Starters Returning/Lost 5/0

Head Coach Andy Landers

School Record 469-141/20th

Career Record 551-162/24th


GEORGIA TECH

1998-99 Record 6-3

1997-98 Record 11-17

Starters Returning/Lost 2/3

Head Coach Agnus Berenato

School Record 150-144/11th

Career Record 210-199/15th


ON RADIO

Six 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.

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.


WITH THE WESTERN CAROLINA WIN

With the WCU win, Florida State …

  • is 5-5 (.500) at the Christmas break.
  • is more than half way to last season’s win total of 9
  • has two straight wins for the first time this season
  • is 5-3 vs. Non-ACC teams this season
  • is 3-3 at home this season


    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.


    LET’S FIESTA

    FSU’s January 4th home game vs. NC State is now a 5:00 pm start,
    allowing Seminole fans to be able to get home on time to watch the big
    Fiesta Bowl game.


    FSU VS. GEORGIA

    FSU trails 0-4 in the series with Georgia. The two clubs first met
    in the 1987-88 season and faced each other four straight seasons but
    haven’t met since 1990-91. UGA dominated three of those four games,
    winning by 19 points once and 20 points on two other occasions. In
    1989-90 in Tallahassee, FSU kept it close, falling by just four points.
    Last season, Georgia travelled to Tallahassee to participate in the
    first annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic but did not face FSU.

    The series looks like this:

        1987-88 L   72-91 (H)
        1988-89 L   70-90 (A)
        1989-90 L   76-80 (H)
        1990-91 L   71-91 (A)
    

    FSU VS. GEORGIA TECH

    Florida State holds a slim 9-8 advantage in the series with Georgia
    Tech, including two big wins last season. The series dates back to
    1974-75. FSU has won four of the last six meetings, including last
    year’s 88-53 win in Atlanta — its largest margin of victory over an ACC
    opponent. FSU’s 77-56 win in Tallahassee was the last-ever Florida
    State women’s basketball game played at Tully Gym.


    OUCH!

    It was last year’s game vs. Georgia Tech in the home finale that
    cost the Seminoles forward Latavia Coleman. Coleman suffered an ankle
    fracture with 2:21 remaining and was casted for the next two months.
    She had 12 points and eight rebounds in the game.


    BACK ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE BOARD

    FSU outrebounded Cal State Fullerton by seven boards – itslargest
    margin of the season – until dominating Western Carolina in the
    rebounding department, 43-27. FSU has now outrebounded its opponent
    in two straight games and in five games overall.


    CAN’T STOP COLEMAN

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


    IS IT BROOKE OR “BLOCK” WYCKOFF?

    Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 22
    swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.2 per game.

    APRIL’S HURTIN’

    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. She sat out the
    Western Carolina game but should be ready for action vs. Georgia.


    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.


    SUTTON HAS BEEN SOMETHIN’

    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.


    IN THE LEAGUE

    The Seminoles individually are making some noise in the ACC.
    Latavia Coleman’s 20.8 points per game ranks second in the league as
    does Brooke Wyckoff’s 2.2 blocks per game. Senior Tamara Gracey’s 84
    percent shooting from the free throw line ranks tied for first in the
    conference. As a team, FSU is second in steals per game, third in
    blocked shots and fourth among the nine ACC schools in field goal
    percentage.


    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff and Angela Sutton have all recorded
    double-doubles this season. Coleman scored a career-high 30 points and
    grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech and tallied 21 points and 10
    boards vs. Pepperdine. Wyckoff has done it twice with 14 points and 10
    rebounds vs. Florida International and 16 points and 11 rebounds vs.
    South Florida. Sutton earned the honor off of the bench with 13 points
    and 11 rebounds in the South Florida game.

    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 4.4 assists
    per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through 10
    games, Robinson had tallied double figures in nine 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.


    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.


    THE CENTURY MARK

    Florida State’s 101 points vs. North Carolina marks the first time
    since the 1991-92 season that the Tribe has 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.


    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 nine
    starts Gracey has scored in double figures in five games and has had
    seven or more rebounds in four games, including a team-high nine vs. Cal
    State Fullerton.


    GIVE ME THE BALL

    Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more
    steals than its opponents in seven games. The Seminoles recorded a
    season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina. The Tribe and Duke tied
    with six steals apiece.

    CHARITY-STRIPE WOES

    The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw
    line this season. FSU’s best outing percentage-wise was .800 on
    24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech, but FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in
    four games.

    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. Against the Blue Devils,
    three Seminole starters fouled out of the contest.


    TOUGH SLATE

    According to this week’s rankings, Florida State will face or have
    faced seven teams who are currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
    Four ACC teams are ranked, led by No. 7 North Carolina, who FSU took
    into overtime. Also on FSU’s schedule this season are No. 4 Georgia,
    No. 5 La. Tech and No. 20 Florida.


    EMERGING LEADERS

    Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in six
    contests, while Latavia Coleman has taken team-scoring honors in six
    games, including two games of 30 or more points.


    WYCKOFF IS REACHING 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 against Long Beach State on Nov.
    22, she established new highs in scoring with 20 points and in steals
    with seven. Her previous marks were 18 points vs. Clemson (12/16/97)
    and six steals vs. Virginia (1/2/98).


    SUTTON EARNS ACC ROOKIE HONORS

    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.


    TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT 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 OF WEEK

    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.


    MEDIA PRESEASON PREDICTED ACC TEAM FINISHES

    SCHOOL              PTS
    1. Duke             207
    2. Virginia         182
    3. North Carolina   175
    4. NC State         140
    5. Clemson          136
    6. Florida State     79
    7. Maryland          76
    8. Georgia Tech      53
    9. Wake Forest       32
        

    AYE, AYE CAPTAIN

    The Florida State captains, as chosen by their
    teammates, are senior guards Jen Robinson and Val Linley.


    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:

    12/14 South Florida (SUN) 7:30 p.m.
    1/2 at Georgia Tech (SUN) 2 p.m.
    1/25 Duke (RSN) 7 p.m.
    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)
    12/2 at Duke 7 p.m.
    12/30 at Georgia 7:30 p.m.
    1/7 at Clemson 7 p.m.
    1/14 Wake Forest 7 p.m.
    1/22 Virginia 7 p.m.
    1/28 at North Carolina 7 p.m.
    2/18 Maryland 7 p.m


    BY MARGIN:

            3   9   11  13  16  19  30  44
    WIN:    2   1    1   1
    LOSS:   1   1    1   1   1
    


    The Seminoles Record When…

    At home:                        3-3
    On the road:                    2-2
    Neutral sites:                  0-0
    vs. ACC:                        0-2
    Home ACC:                       0-1
    Road ACC:                       0-1
    Non-Conference:                 5-3
    Shooting 50% or better:         3-1
    Shooting below 50%:             2-4
    Opponent shoots 50% or better:  1-2
    Opponent shoots below 50%:      3-4
    Outrebound opponent:            3-2
    Outrebounded:                   1-3
    Rebounds are tied:              1-0
    vs. Top 25 opponents:           0-3
    vs. Top 10 opponents:           0-2
    Leading at halftime:            4-1
    Trailing at halftime:           1-4
    Tied at halftime:               0-0 
    In overtime:                    0-1 
    Playing during the day:         2-0
    Playing at night:               3-5
    November:                       2-2
    December:                       3-3
    Monday:                         2-1
    Tuesday:                        0-0
    Wednesday:                      0-1
    Thursday:                       0-2
    Friday:                         0-0
    Saturday:                       2-1
    Sunday:                         1-0
    On Television:                  1-2

    Longest winning streak: 2 games Longest losing streak: 3 games Largest margin of victory: 44 Largest margin of defeat: 19


    FOUR BIG SIGNINGS

    FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 9 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.

    GAME RECAPS


    THE TULSA GAME

    Freshman guard April Traylor scored a game-high 23 points as she led the
    Seminoles to a 76-67 victory over Tulsa at the Expo Squar Pavilion in
    Tulsa, Oklahoma. Traylor also added seven rebounds, six steals and two
    assists to her debut.

    Early foul trouble forced returning leading scorere Latavia Coleman to
    the bench as the junior forward recorded one rebound in just eight
    minutes of action in the first half. The Tribe trailed by as many as
    seven points in the first 20 minutes, in a half that saw nine ties, and
    went into the lockerroom down by one at 35-34.

    Traylor hit a jumper to open the second half and followed with a
    three-pointer to give Florida State a four-point lead and FSU never
    trailed again. Tulsa tied the game at 52-52 with 8:58 to play, but the
    Seminoles scored 13 of the game’s next 15 points and took a comfortable
    11 point lead. The Golden Hurricane got no closer than six points the
    rest of the way.

    Coleman rallied for 12 second-half points while senior Jen Robinson and
    sophomore Brooke Wyckoff contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.
    Coleman and Wyckoff led the team with nine rebounds apiece while senior
    Tamara Gracey, a transfer from Tulsa, scored four points and grabbed
    eight boards. Senior guard Val Linley led the team with five assists.

    FSU VS. #3 LOUISIANA TECH

    Florida State junior Latavia Coleman
    scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but the Florida
    State Seminoles fell to No.3 Louisiana Tech, 88-72, in front of 1,097
    fans at the Leon County Civic Center on Thursday.

    Ten Lady Techsters scored in the first half, led by Christie Sides’ 10
    points, as Louisiana Tech took a 43-33 lead at halftime. The Seminoles
    trailed by 15 at 30-15 with eight minutes to play in the first half, but
    did not quit. A motivated FSU ran off nine straight to pull within six
    with 5:49 to play and kept the La. Tech advantage to under 10 points
    until the final 40 seconds of the half and although down by 10 points,
    were very much still in the game. Coleman led all scorers with 12
    points at the break.

    Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 16 point advantage at 51-35 to open the
    second half, but the Tribe again rallied and pulled to within six points
    twice with just under 10 minutes to play. Trailing 70-62 at 7:56, FSU
    allowed the Techsters to score seven of the game’s next eight points as
    Louisiana Tech once again built a double-digit lead at 15 points. The
    Seminoles got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

    The Seminoles outrebounded the Techsters 46-41 but Louisiana Tech shot
    49 percent for the game. FSU’s Jen Robinson scored 10 points while
    sophomore Brooke Wyckoff grabbed 15 rebounds to lead all players. For
    La. Tech, Shaka Massey scored 20 points and Tamicha Jackson added 11
    while Monica Maxwell led in rebounding with eight.

    THE LONG BEACH GAME

    Five Seminoles scored in double figures, led
    by Brooke Wyckoff’s game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, as the
    Florida State women’s basketball team improved to 2-1 overall with a
    94-64 win over Long Beach State in first round action of the Tallahassee
    Democrat Seminole Classic. With the loss, LBSU is now 2-1 on the year.

    Solid starts at the beginning of both halves allowed the Seminoles to
    take an early lead as Florida State never trailed in the contest. The
    Tribe scored the game’s first 11 points and didn’t allow the 49ers to
    get on the scoreboard until the 15:58 mark of the first half. Long
    Beach State pulled to within four points twice in the first 20 minutes
    of the game. With 5:49 to play in the first, the 49ers cut the lead to
    24-20, but the Seminoles responded with seven straight points to go
    ahead once again by double figures. After falling behind by 12, Long
    Beach State rallied for a late run and headed into the lockerroom
    trailing by just seven at 38-31.

    It was all Florida State in the opening minutes of the second half. The
    Seminoles went on a 25-3 run over the first 7:03 to take a commanding 29
    point advantage and led by at least 20 points the remainder of the game.

    Freshman guard Angela Sutton scored 17 strong points in just 16 minutes
    of play as all 13 Seminoles saw action, contributing to FSU’s 59 percent
    shooting effort. Also scoring in double figures for the Tribe were Jen
    Robinson with 16, April Traylor with 14 and Latavia Coleman, who played
    just 20 minutes, with 12 points. Robinson also led all players with
    eight assists.

    FSU VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
    Despite 21 strong points from
    junior Latavia Coleman, the Florida State Seminoles fell 75-62 to
    Florida International in the 1998 Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic
    championship game. The Golden Panthers have now won two straight
    Seminole Classics.

    The Tribe got things started by scoring the game’s first four points and
    led for the first 10 minutes of the contest, but the FIU’s uptempo play
    allowed the Golden Panthers to take the lead at 17-16 with 9:28 to play
    in the first half and they never trailed again. FIU went up by nine
    points with four minutes remaining, but FSU closed out the half with a
    6-1 rally and despite shooting 54 percent from the field, went into the
    lockerroom trailing by four at 34-30.

    FIU took a quick double-figure lead in the second half, outscoring FSU
    11-5 to take a 45-35 advantage. The Golden Panthers continued to run
    and took their largest lead of the game at 18 with just over 10 minutes
    to play. FSU cut that lead in half twice, but could get no closer than
    nine points before falling by 13.

    Behind Brooke Wyckoff’s team-high 10 rebounds, the Seminoles
    outrebounded FIU 36-30, but the squad was plagued by 21 turnovers while
    FIU recorded 14 steals on the night. Wyckoff added 14 points to her
    10-rebound effort and joined Coleman on the All-Tournament team.

    THE DUKE GAME
    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.

    FSU VS. #8 NORTH CAROLINA
    Led by junior forward Latavia Coleman’s
    career-high 38 points, the Florida State women’s basketball team shot 58
    percent from the field as the Seminoles took the No. 8 North Carolina
    Tar Heels into overtime, before falling 112-101.

    Florida State led the entire first half behind the hot shooting of
    Coleman and sophomore Brooke Wyckoff who had 16 and 13 points,
    respectively, in the first half. The Seminoles scored the game’s first
    five points and built a lead of as many as 11 points at 35-24 with just
    under six minutes to play in the first half. The Tar Heels, however,
    went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes of the game and tied the
    score at 38-38. The Tribe responded, scoring six straight points, but
    went into the lockerroom up by just a point, 44-43.

    In the second half, there were three more ties before North Carolina
    took its first lead of the game at 53-52 with 17:49 to play. FSU would
    fall behind by as many as seven, but would not quit. The Tribe fought
    back as the

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