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Feb. 9, 2000


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The Seminoles will host Maryland in an ACC TV game of the week on Sunday, February 13th at 12:30. The FSU Women’s Basketball Alumni Game will follow.

HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU

“I had a passion and desire to build something,” Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau said upon her hiring in June of 1997.

Semrau’s philosophy in rebuilding the Florida State program has been a simple one. Semrau runs her program in such a way where players are treated as people first, students second and athletes third. She is a relationship coach who believes in initiating relationships rather than waiting for others to do so.

After two seasons at the helm of the FSU program, Semrau’s style has been embraced by all who have come in contact with her. She has won the hearts of the Florida State media, fans and most importantly, the student-athletes. Her friendliness and ease with the media have prompted the group to refer to her as the “female Bobby Bowden.” Semrau had such a large response to the first “Lunch with Sue,” last season — a Booster-sponsored biweekly luncheon on campus — that they had to move the event into a larger room for the remainder of the year. And she and her staff secured the nation’s 8th-best recruiting class according to several national publications.

From day one of her reign, Semrau emphasized a need to build consistency in every facet of the women’s basketball program from when and where the team practices, to where they hold meetings, to what time they eat dinner. With Semrau’s arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole women’s basketball program had had three different head coaches in three years. The 1999-2000 season will be Semrau and her staff’s third year at FSU and their second recruiting class will be entering the picture. FSU should soon begin to reap the benefits of this consistency.

FSU saw dramatic improvements in Semrau’s first season as she led FSU to its most victories since 1992-93 (9-18) and its best ACC record and finish in five years (5-11, 7th), including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent in the 1997-98 season. While hopes were high in 1998-99, a season-ending injury to team-leader Latavia Coleman just 10 games into the year, proved to be devasting for the team, and although very competitive, things didn’t quite fall into place for Semrau and her Seminoles. Coleman is set to return for her senior season along with junior Brooke Wyckoff, who again spent her summer with USA Basketball, this time as a member of the USA World University Games team. They will serve as leaders for a young, but talented group of Seminoles.

FSU Probable starters








11GAngela Sutton7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg
12GApril Traylor12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.6 apg
21FBrooke Wyckoff11.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg
30FLatavia Coleman16.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg
13CLevys Torres4.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg

COMING OFF THE BENCH










44CLauren Bradley8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
10GLakesha Springle3.2 ppg, 1.5 apg
20CKatelyn Vujas7.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
23GShinikki Whiting3.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg
33G/FVanessa Fuchs1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
32GMolly Beal3.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg
25G/FLako Brown0.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg
51CLea Bennett1.1 ppg, 1.3 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.

Semrau’s philosophy in rebuilding the Florida State program has been a simple one. Semrau runs her program in such a way where players are treated as people first, students second and athletes third. She is a relationship coach who believes in initiating relationships rather than waiting for others to do so.

After two seasons at the helm of the FSU program, Semrau’s style has been embraced by all who have come in contact with her. She has won the hearts of the Florida State media, fans and most importantly, the student-athletes. Her friendliness and ease with the media have prompted the group to refer to her as the “female Bobby Bowden.” Semrau had such a large response to the first “Lunch with Sue,” last season — a Booster-sponsored biweekly luncheon on campus — that they had to move the event into a larger room for the remainder of the year. And she and her staff secured the nation’s 8th-best recruiting class according to several national publications.

From day one of her reign, Semrau emphasized a need to build consistency in every facet of the women’s basketball program from when and where the team practices, to where they hold meetings, to what time they eat dinner. With Semrau’s arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole women’s basketball program had had three different head coaches in three years. The 1999-2000 season will be Semrau and her staff’s third year at FSU and their second recruiting class will be entering the picture. FSU should soon begin to reap the benefits of this consistency.

FSU saw dramatic improvements in Semrau’s first season as she led FSU to its most victories since 1992-93 (9-18) and its best ACC record and finish in five years (5-11, 7th), including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent in the 1997-98 season. While hopes were high in 1998-99, a season-ending injury to team-leader Latavia Coleman just 10 games into the year, proved to be devasting for the team, and although very competitive, things didn’t quite fall into place for Semrau and her Seminoles. Coleman is set to return for her senior season along with junior Brooke Wyckoff, who again spent her summer with USA Basketball, this time as a member of the USA World University Games team. They will serve as leaders for a young, but talented group of Seminoles.

The Seminoles Record When…










































At home:4-7
On the road:4-5
Neutral sites:1-0
vs. ACC:2-8
Non-Conference:7-4
Home ACC:2-4
Road ACC:0-4
Shooting 50% or better:3-1
Shooting below 50%:6-11
Opponent shoots 50% or better:1-3
Opponent shoots below 50%:8-9
Outrebound opponent:7-5
Outrebounded:2-7
Rebounds are tied:0-0
vs. Top 25 opponents:0-4
vs. Top 10 opponents:0-2
Leading at halftime:7-3
Trailing at halftime:1-8
Tied at halftime:1-1
In overtime:0-0
Playing during the day:2-3
Playing at night:7-9
November:3-2
December:4-1
January:1-8
February:1-1
Monday:0-3
Tuesday:2-1
Wednesday:1-1
Thursday:2-3
Friday:1-1
Saturday:1-0
Sunday:2-3
On Television:1-4
On Radio:4-9
Longest winning streak:4
Longest losing streak:4
Largest margin of victory:32
Largest margin of defeat:12

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