February 10, 1999
Thursday, February 11, 1999 * 7 p.m.
Stephen C. O’Connell Center * Gainesville, FL
THE GAME IS LIVE ON SUNSHINE NETWORK
THE SERIES WITH FLORIDA
In a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season, Thursday’s game will be the 58th meeting between
FSU and UF. Florida leads the series 33-24 and have won 10 straight over the Seminoles. FSU won the
three prior to that streak. FSU’s last win over UF was 90-78 in overtime in Tallahassee in the 1991-92 season.
1998-99 Record 6-16, 1-12
1997-98 Record 9-18
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Head Coach Sue Semrau
School Record 15-34/2nd
Career Record 15-34/2nd
1998-99 Record 17-9, 6-5
1997-98 Record 23-9
Starters Returning/Lost 2/3
Head Coach Carol Ross
School Record 182-88/9th
Career Record 182-88/9th
24 G Jen Robinson 13.0 ppg, 4.2 apg
12 G April Traylor 11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
41 F Tamara Gracey 10.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg
21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg
11 G Angela Sutton 6.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg
23 F Arleshia Davidson 7.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg
10 G Val Linley 0.7 ppg, 1.8 apg
33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 1.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg
00 G Lakesha Springle 1.8 ppg, 1.1 apg
15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
25 G/F Lako Brown 1.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg
51 C Lea Bennett 0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg
30 F Latavia Coleman 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
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.
J-ROB RACKS ‘EM UP
Jen Robinson was unstoppable in FSU’s game vs. Georgia Tech on January 31st. The Albany, Georgia, native scored a career-high 31 points in 34 minutes of play in the contest. She connected on a career-high six three-pointers and also led all players with five assists. Twenty four of her game-high 31 points came in the second half, including 19 in the game’s final 7:39. With the 31 points, Robinson places herself among an elite group … the Florida State 30-point Club. Only 12 other Florida State players have scored 30 points or more in a game. Teammate Latavia Coleman did it twice this season.
ON A ROLL
Jen Robinson has become quite the scoring threat. Over the past three games, she has averaged 21.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
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 12 games since her absence…
Here’s how FSU and UF match up:
FSU UF PPG 74.2 77.4 RPG 39.3 42.1 FG% .431 .448 FT% .674 .661 3FG% .248 .328 BLOCKS 83/3.8 70/2.7 STEALS 228/10.4 221/8.5 ASSISTS 293/13.3 433/16.7 TURNOVERS 474/21.5 438/16.8
LAST TIME VS. FLORIDA
In last meeting between these two teams, the Seminoles fell to the 10th-ranked Gators 57-69 in Tallahassee on January 21st. FSU came out strong in the first half, scoring the first seven points of the game and taking a 13-point lead. Former Nole Lysa Moorefield scored the first points for the Noles and didn’t stop there. She finished the first half with 10 points and five rebounds. Latavia Coleman was held to just five points in the first half as the Gators went on a 23-12 scoring run to tie the game at 31-31 at the half.
FSU scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to regain the lead, but the Gators responded. At the 17:07 mark, UF took the lead for good. Despite two more ties in the second half, the Seminoles fell.
Coleman led all FSU players with 24 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Moorefield’s 12 points and Jen Robinson scored seven.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Jen Robinson led all scorers with 24 points and freshman April Traylor added 15 points, but Florida State was edged by #17 Clemson 71-67 on Sunday at the Leon County Civic Center.
Florida State scored 10 of the game’s first 11 points and led much of the first half. Clemson took its first lead with 3:20 left in the first half at 19-18 and scored seven straight to take a 24-18 advantage. The Tribe scored four points in the final minute and went into the lockerroom trailing 24-22.
The Seminoles regained the lead in the first minutes of the second half. FSU led 27-26 at 18:13, but the Lady Tigers went on a 10-2 run and despite trailing by single digits much of the second half, the Seminoles never led again. Clemson’s largest lead was 13 points at the five minute mark, but the Tribe chipped away at the lead and thanks to two Robinson three-pointers in the final minute of the game, pulled to within five points at 70-65 with 23 seconds to play, but had to foul and fell by just four at 71-67.
Brooke Wyckoff also had double figures with 12 points and led the way with nine rebounds. Clemson dominated the boards (48-34) and was led by Nikki Blassingame’s 17 rebounds. Natasha Anderson had 21 points and 13 rebounds.
SO CLOSE AND YET …
FSU’S four-point loss to #17 Clemson was almost too close for comfort. FSU has been in nearly every game its played in this season. The Tribe has lost seven games by 13 points or less this season, including four games nine points or under!
APRIL HAS COME BACK STRONG
Freshman guard April Traylor, who suffered an injury to her lower right back vs. South Florida, missed to games and saw limited minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton. Since her return, she has had double figures in 10 of 12 games.
THE SECOND HALF
Is the Tribe a second half team? FSU has outscored its opponent in the second half in nine games this year and is 5-4 in those contests. FSU tied its opponent in three other games in the final 20 minutes but lost all three.
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 was 3-of-4 from three-point range — her first treys of the season.
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 22 games, a freshman or sophomore has led FSU in scoring in 12 contests. The Breakdown:
Jr., Coleman: 6 times (6 of first 10 games before injury) So., Wyckoff: 6 times (including one tie) Fr., Traylor: 5 times Fr., Sutton: 1 time Sr., Gracey: 2 times Sr., Robinson: 3 times
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 22 games, Robinson had tallied double figures in 16 contests, including a career-high 31 points vs. Georgia Tech. In the first North Carolina game, she scored she scored 18 points. 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 nine 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…
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 21 starts Gracey has scored in double figures in 12 games and has had seven or more rebounds in 12 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.
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 five games this season — four were 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 and against Georgia Tech, Wyckoff, Traylor and Sutton were eliminated.
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.
IS IT BROOKE OR “BLOCK” WYCKOFF?
Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 51 swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.3 per game.
SHAKIN’ UP THE LINEN’ UP
With all its injuries, Florida State has had six different lineups this season
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.
Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff , Angela Sutton, Arleshia Davidson and Tamara Gracey have all recorded double-doubles this season.
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.
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 11 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.
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.
The Seminoles Record When…
At home: 4-8 On the road: 2-8 Neutral sites: 0-0 vs. ACC: 1-12 Non-Conference: 5-4 Home ACC: 1-6 Road ACC: 0-6 Shooting 50% or better: 3-2 Shooting below 50%: 3-14 Opponent shoots 50% or better: 1-5 Opponent shoots below 50%: 5-11 Outrebound opponent: 3-6 Outrebounded: 2-10 Rebounds are tied: 1-0 vs. Top 25 opponents: 0-9 vs. Top 10 opponents: 0-5 Leading at halftime: 5-3 Trailing at halftime: 1-13 Tied at halftime: 0-0 In overtime: 0-1 Playing during the day: 2-3 Playing at night: 4-13 November: 2-2 December: 3-4 January: 1-8 February 0-2 Monday: 2-3 Tuesday: 0-0 Wednesday: 0-1 Thursday: 1-6 Friday: 0-1 Saturday: 2-2 Sunday: 1-3 On Television: 1-7
Longest winning streak: 2 Longest losing streak: 7 Largest margin of victory: 44 Largest margin of defeat: 25
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.