Women’s Basketball Readies for NC State
Lady Seminoles host the Wolfpack Monday.
January 3, 1999
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 sometime in January.
SUTTON ALSO OUT FOR A WHILE
Freshman guard Angela Sutton suffered a mid-foot sprain to her right foot in practice on December 26th. She will be out of action at least two weeks.
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.
WHO’S PICKING UP THE SLACK?
With Coleman out, someone is going to have to make up for her 20.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In the two games since her absence, Brooke Wyckoff has continued her fine play and has recorded two straight double-doubles. Tamara Gracey has scored in double figures in both contests while Davidson, Coleman’s replacement in the lineup, has averaged 11.0 points and 75 rebounds per game.
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 has averaged 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two games since returning to the lineup.
LAST YEAR VS. THE PACK
In the first meeting in Raleigh, Florida State fell 72-60 to then-#23 ranked NC State in its ACC opener. FSU fell behind by 29 points early in the second half, but a 12-point run brought FSU back into the game. FSU pulled to within eight points twice in the game’s final three minutes. Coleman led FSU with 18 points and 10 rebounds. In the second game in Tallahassee, #8 NC State took a 72-62 win over the Seminoles. FSU led much of the first half and the game was tied 34-34 at the break. The Wolfpack scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to gain control of the game. Coleman again led the Tribe with 19 points and eight rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT
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 this afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. With the loss, FSU falls to 5-7 overall and 0-3 in the ACC while Georgia Tech improves to 9-3 and 2-1 in league play.
A city power surge delayed the start of the game as the lights at Alexander Memorial 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, couldnt do anything right. Georgia Tech had the momentum and scored 14 of the games next 18 points and gained control of the game. The Seminoles couldnt seem to hit from anywhere as the fouls started piling up. FSU committed its 10th foul at the 10:56 marking, 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 started the half going 1-for-6 from the charity stripe and ended the game shooting 21-31 from the line. The Tribe shot just 28 percent from the field in the second half and ended up being outrebounded by six for the game.
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. FSU outrebounded the Yellow Jackets by four at the break and shot .343 for the half. Traylor led the team with 12 points while Wyckoff grabbed six boards.
Wyckoff recorded her second-straight double-double and fourth of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Tamara Gracey also scored in double figures with 12 points.
LAST YEAR AFTER 12 GAMES
Although the Seminoles may not be where they want to be at this point of the season, they have improved from last season at this point. Florida State was 4-8 after 12 games in 1997-98 and its January 4th game at North Carolina was its seven straight loss. FSU started the season 4-2 before hitting its seven-game losing streak.
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. 6 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.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL
FSU has had three starters foul out in three games this season. Against Duke, 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. Wyckoff leads the team with 44 fouls.
Five 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 womens basketball page on FSUs 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.
WITH THE WESTERN CAROLINA WIN
24 G Jen Robinson 12.9 ppg, 4.3 apg 12 G April Traylor 8.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg 41 F Tamara Gracey 8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg 21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg 23 F Arleshia Davidson 6.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg
11 G Angela Sutton 6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg 10 G Val Linley 0.8 ppg, 1.3 apg 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.8 ppg, 0.9 rpg 00 G Lakesha Springle 2.5 ppg, 1.5 apg 15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg 25 G/F Lako Brown 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg 51 C Lea Bennett 1.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg 30 F Latavia Coleman 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg *out for the season
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 half 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 6 boards, three times.
IS IT BROOKE OR ‘BLOCK’ WYCKOFF?
Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 27 swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.3 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 has been Robinson, Traylor, Wyckoff, Davidson and Gracey the past two games.
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
vs. Georgia, Georgia Tech: Robinson-Traylor-Davidson-Wyckoff-Gracey
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 wasnt 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 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 four times with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Florida Internationa; 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. South Florida; 19 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia, 12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech. 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 4.3 assists per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through 12 games, Robinson had tallied double figures in 10 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.
The Carolina overtime contest was FSUs first OT game of the season and first since last years 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 dont know what shes done in a game until you see the boxscore. Oh so quietly, in 11 starts Gracey has scored in double figures in seven games and has had seven or more rebounds in six 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 eight games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina. The Tribe and Duke tied with six steals apiece.
The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season. FSUs best outing percentage-wise was .800 on 24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech, but FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in six games.
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.
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.
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 wasnt at all surprised by Florida States 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 publications 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.
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.
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 games 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 Wyckoffs game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, as the Florida State womens 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 games 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 womens 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 games 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 game in regulation saw five more ties and five more lead changes. Leading 94-88 with 28 seconds to play, it appeared Florida State would earn the victory, but North Carolina hit two straight three-pointers to tie the game at 94-94 with 12 seconds to play. FSU could not get a shot off and turned the ball over with 0.03 to play. In the overtime, it was all North Carolina. The Tar Heels scored the first seven points and came away with the victory. Wyckoff contributed 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds while senior guard Jen Robinson added 18 and senior forward Tamara Gracey had 11 points.
THE PEPPERDINE GAME
Junior Latavia Coleman scored 21 points and senior Tamara Gracey added 18 points off of the bench, but the Florida State Seminoles fell to 3-5 on the year with a 75-72 loss to Pepperdine.
Pepperdine started the game with a three-pointer, but Florida State went on an 11-1 run to take a seven point lead at the 16:26 mark. The Waves regained the lead at 16-15 with 12:23 to go in the half and went up by three when Gracey hit a jumper for the Seminoles. But the FSU scoring hit a drought as the squad failed to score another field goal until the 4:21 mark. During that eight-minute stretch, FSU scored just three points off of free throws while Pepperdine took a comfortable 12 point advantage and went into the lockerroom leading by nine at 36-27 at the break.
Florida State came out firing in the second half, scoring 10 of the first 12 points to pull within a point at 38-27 at the 16:44 mark. Coleman gave FSU the lead at 44-43 with a three-point play with 14:48 to play and the Seminoles went on to match their largest lead of seven points. The game saw just one more tie and Pepperdine took a brief 61-60 lead with just over five minutes to play, but FSU took it right back and went up again by five points. Trailing 68-63, the Waves scored eight of the games next 10 points to take the lead for good at 71-70 with 1:27 to play. After falling behind by four, FSU pulled to within a basket with :30 remaining but was forced to foul.
Florida State was forced to shake up the starting lineup for the first time this season due to the injury of starting freshman guard April Traylor, who suffered a severe contusion to her right lower back in Monday’s game vs. South Florida. FSU went with a smaller, but quicker lineup in guards Lakesha Springle and Jen Robinson while Angela Sutton, Brooke Wyckoff and Latavia Coleman rounded out the lineup.
THE CAL STATE FULLERTON GAME
Four Seminoles scored in double figures, led by Latavia Coleman’s game-high 28 points, as Florida State improved to 4-5 with a 84-73 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
The Seminoles trailed 6-0 to open the game, but scored seven straight to go ahead by a point and allowed CS Fullerton to lead just once more as the Titans scored the next basket. FSU led by as many as nine at 33-24 with 6:27 to play, but Cal State pulled to within a point at 33-32 as the Seminoles failed to score for nearly five minutes. Two baskets in the half’s final 1:33 gave FSU a slim 37-34 halftime advantage. Tweny-nine turnovers between the two teams were called in the first half, but FSU outrebounded the Titans 18-14.
In the second half, Cal State Fullerton pulled to within a point again before the Seminoles went to work. FSU went on an 18-4 spurt, giving them a 15-point lead, its largest of the game and the Seminoles gained control of the contest. The Titans pulled to within nine on three separate occassions, but could get no closer.
Tamara Gracey scored 14 points while Jen Robinson and Brooke Wyckoff added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Gracey led the way with nine rebounds. FSU outrebounded the Titans 34-27 and thanks to 63 percent shooting in the second half, shot .530 for game.
THE WESTERN CAROLINA GAME
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 Carolinas 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 Carolinas team total. FSU led by 30 at the break, 42-12.
THE GEORGIA GAME
Florida State hung tough with 4th-ranked Georgia for much of the first half, but without leading scorer Latavia Coleman, who was lost for season with a torn ACL to her right knee, and starting freshman guard Angela Sutton, who is out of action for at least two weeks with a right mid-foot sprain, the Bulldogs experience and depth proved to be too much for the young Seminoles as UGA took the 95-72 win. FSU falls to 5-6 on the year while Georgia remains perfect at 11-0.
The Seminoles scored first, but Georgia hit three of its six first-half three-pointers to open the Bulldog scoring and took a quick 9-2 lead. FSU came storming back, scoring the next six straight to pull within a point and finally tied the game at 12-12 with 12:14 to play in the half. Jen Robinson hit one of two free throws to give FSU its first lead at 15-14 and the Tribe went up 17-14 on its next possession. It was all Georgia for the next three minutes. Angie Ball scored six of the Bulldogs next eight points as UGA went on a 12-2 run to take a 26-19 advantage with just over six minutes to go. Down 21-28, FSU pulled to within three at 25-28, but Georgia hit two straight three pointers again and outscored FSU 13-7 to close out the half with its largest lead at 41-32. FSU shot just 38 percent for the half, led by freshman April Traylors eight points, and was plagued by 40 percent free throw shooting. The Tribe went strong to the boards, however, outrebounding the Bulldogs 29-21 in the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, FSU again scored first, but Georgia took a double-digit lead of 11 points at 48-37 with 17 minutes to play and never looked back. The Bulldogs led by double digits the rest of the way as they added five more three pointers to make it 11 treys for the game. Florida State improved its shooting from the free throw line in the second half, going 12-for-16 and continued its dominance on the boards, outrebounding Georgia by 11 for the game. Georgia forced 28 FSU turnovers while three Seminole starters, Arlesha Davidson, Tamara Gracey and Traylor, fouled out of the game.
Aside from Brooke Wyckoff, three other FSU starters scored in double digits. Robinson scored 15 while Arleshia Davidson, who started in placed of Coleman, had a season-high 13 and Tamara Gracey had 11 points.