Dec. 17, 2004
By Lauren Williams, FSU Sports Information
On a team that is playing against the odds every game, the future and season for the 2004 Florida State women’s basketball team seems brighter than ever for one Seminole in particular – 6-foot-4 forward Christie Lautsch. The rookie from Smyrna, Ga., believes that the squad’s chemistry is the best she has seen in her life and that the results are showing on the floor, in the win-loss column, and in the overall attitude of the program.
“The expectations I have for the team are mainly winning games and playing together and really having a good chemistry between one another,” Lautsch said. “That’s what it takes to have a good team. (Entering the season), I really wanted us to have good chemistry to win games.”
The chemistry has been perfect as the Seminoles are, with a perfect 7-0 record, off to the best start in school history, including a big win over in-state rival Florida. Against the Gators, the Tribe won for the first time since December 15, 1991 and took the victory in Gainesville.
In addition to the chemistry being a big factor, Lautsch has been a big part of Florida State’s successful start. The Street & Smith honorable mention All-American showed her potential when she scored a career-high 16 points against Eastern Kentucky in just 14 minutes of play.
Lautsch is used to being the go-to player, a role that she has had to put aside for now since joining FSU. For Florida State, Lautsch comes off the bench to help her teammates in any way she can – whether it’s rebounding, dishing to three-point shooters Roneeka Hodges, Holly Johnson or Linnea Liljestrand or just having a presence in the post.
“My role (at Florida State) is to come in and give energy and cheer my teammates on and be where I’m needed,” Lautsch said. “My role may not be to be the scorer of the group but when the team needs me to do something, I feel like I can step in and do it.”
Lautsch averaged 20.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and three blocks per game while at Campbell High School and earned Georgia Class 5A all-state first team and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors in 2003. She was a second team all-state selection in 2002 and as a freshman, was an Adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star, also earning all-county and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors. Breakdown Magazine rated Lautsch the ninth best post in the nation and the No. 40th player overall. She entered the season ranked No. 51 by Blue Star Index and No. 65 in All Star Girls Report.
“In high school, I was the go-to player,” Lautsch said, “but I also had a point guard who knew how to handle the ball and dish it out so I had some help there. Our team was pretty good. We had some good players.”
On the academic side, Lautsch, who is still deciding on a major, may possibly pursue a career in sport management. A solid student, she graduated with honors and a 4.094 GPA from Campbell High School.
“Academics are very important to me,” Lautsch said. “The initial transition from high school to college for me was rough because all of my classes have 250 people in them and that’s a big change from having 30 people (in high school). That was probably the biggest shock. That and not having the professor know your name. I think after the first few weeks, I got used to it all. You just go in and there’s no one there checking attendance so you’re kind of on your honor code. I’ve adjusted to that a lot.”
Even though she just started her college career, both in the classroom and on the basketball court, Lautsch can already see her future.
“After I graduate, I want to work for Nike or Adidas in their marketing or management department,” Lautsch said. “When I went to summer camps, I would get to know people in marketing or public relations and their jobs really interested me. It’s something I could see myself doing after college.”
Briefly With Lautsch... When I think of Seminole, I think of... pride Before every game, I try to... focus My favorite class is... Communication and Public Relations Coach Sue's favorite saying is... `Let's go you guys!' The funniest person on our team is... Nikki Anthony