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Women’s Basketball Hosts Season-Opener Friday

Nov. 17, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tonight’s game will be just the second meeting between FSU and Tulsa. The Tribe defeated the Golden Hurricane, 76-67, in last year’s season opener in Tulsa, Oklla., and lead the series 1-0.

“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.

Seminoles vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Friday, Nov. 19, 1999 – 7 p.m. – WNLS SportsRadio 1270 AM
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

for the record


1998-99 Record7-20
Starters R/L3/2
School Record16-38/3rd
Career Recordsame


1998-99 Record7-20
Starters R/L5/0
School Record0-0/1st
Career Recordsame

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

Early foul trouble forced returning leading scorer 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 locker room 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 Jen Robinson and Brooke Wyckoff contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively. Coleman and Wyckoff led the team with nine rebounds apiece while Tamara Gracey, a transfer from Tulsa, scored four points and grabbed eight boards. Guard Val Linley led the team with five assists.

FSU in season-openers
The Seminoles have a 17-9 record overall in season-openers dating back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has won 11 of its last 12 season-openers, including five straight. Dating back to the 1980-81 season when FSU game sites were recorded, the Seminoles have a 15-4 record in home-openers.

Junior starter Brooke Wyckoff broke the pinky finger on her right hand practice on Nov. 4th and had pins surgically placed to repair the injury. Wyckoff, from West Chester, Ohio, will be held out of practice for 3-fo-6 weeks.

Wyckoff is a two-year starter for Florida State and was second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game and first on the squad in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game last season. The 6-1 junior was a starter on the USA Basketball World University Games Team this past summer and led the squad in rebounding at 7.0 rpg.

Latavia Coleman looked as if she’d never been injured when she stepped onto the court vs. the Mississippi All Stars. Coleman scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Only April Traylor played more minutes with 32.

Senior Latavia Coleman returns to the court with game-high 23 points in 78-73 Seminole win.

In her first game since December 21, 1998, Florida State senior forward Latavia Coleman led all scorers with 23 points and added eight rebounds in the Seminoles’ 78-73 win over the Mississippi All Stars in front of 523 fans at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Florida State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held the All Stars scoreless until the 13:05 mark of the first half. The Seminoles built a 13-point advantage at 25-12 off of a layup by sophomore guard April Traylor, who had 10 first half points and 18 for the game. Three-point shooting and strong rebounding allowed the All Stars to pull within four points at 31-27 with 2:32 left in the first half, but FSU rallied for six straight unanswered points and went into the locker room with a 37-27 halftime lead.

The All Stars got to within three points, its closest margin of the game, when they scored the first seven points of the second half. The FSU lead remained single digits until the 6:07 mark, when a layup by Coleman started a 10-0 run for the Tribe, giving the Seminoles a 72-54 advantage. The All Stars, however, went on a run of their own in the final two minutes of the contest. Trailing by 17 at 78-61, the All Stars closed out the game with 12 straight points.

Freshman Lauren Bradley recorded a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Angela Sutton came off the bench to contribute 11 points. Freshman Katelyn Vujas added eight rebounds, sparking FSU with seven boards in seven minutes of play in the first half.

Freshman Lauren Bradley’s team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds sparks team.
Led by freshman Lauren Bradley’s team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds, the Florida State women’s basketball team cruised to a 79-55 victory over Slovan Bratislava in exhibition action.

It took Florida State a few minutes to get things going in the game as the Seminoles found themselves down by five points twice in the game’s first six minutes. Trailing 4-9, the Tribe ran off eight straight points, by four different players, to take a three-point lead. On their next possession, Slovan hit a three to tie the game and a steal and a layup put them ahead by two at the 8:27 mark of the first half, but it would be their final advantage of the game. FSU outscored Slovan 18-8 the rest of the half and went into halftime leading 30-22. The Tribe was paced by sophomore guard Angela Sutton’s eight points and six steals in the first 20 minutes.

The Seminoles came out on fire in the second half, going on a 10-1 run to take a 17 point advantage at 40-23 with 17:05 remaining. Slovan pulled to within 13 points around the eight minute mark, but Florida State did not let up. A three-point basket by freshman Molly Beal put the Seminoles up by 20 at 65-45 with just over five minutes to play and FSU led by as least that many until its final 24-point margin. Bradley, who had seven points in 11 minutes of play in the first half, was unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. The Lake Mary, Fla., native scored 12 points and grabbed all eight of her rebounds in the second half. Senior Latavia Coleman contributed 13 points while Sutton finished the game with 12. Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle added 10 strong points off of the bench while sophomore guard April Traylor had 10 assists.

Florida State shot 51 percent for the game and outrebounded Slovan 47-31 after being outrebounded by two boards at halftime.

“We played well in spurts again and did some nice things,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We are doing a lot of things well. Now we need to learn to do them on a consistent basis. I think we learned a lot from even the first exhibition game.”


Lauren Bradley14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
April Traylor13.0 ppg, 7.0 apg
Latavia Coleman18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Angela Sutton11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Lakesha Springle7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg
Shinikki Whiting2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Levys Torres4.0 ppg, 4 rpg ( one game)
Katelyn Vujas3.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Molly Beal3.5 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Lea Bennett0.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Sophomore guard Angela Sutton, who got the start against Slovan Bratislava, recorded a career-high eight steals in the game. Sutton’s actual career high in steals is seven in last season’s finale vs. Duke.

Rookie Lauren Bradley seemed to have no fear in exhibition action. The Lake Mary, Fla., native who earned Class 6A Player of the Year honors recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Mississippi All Stars and then led all FSU players with 19 points in the Slovan win. She earned starts in both contests.

The Seminoles shot an impressive 51 percent from the field in the Slovan win and recorded an impressive 21 steals in the game.

Florida State has much greater depth than in recent years, therefore, more players will be seeing more playing time. In the two exhibition games, everyone who was available to play did play. In the first game, 11 players saw action and seven of them saw 13 minutes or more. In the second exhibition, 12 players saw time with nine of them seeing 14 or more minutes.


Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM
WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 11 Florida State women’s basketball regular-season games for the 1999-2000 season, beginning with the home opener vs. Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 19th at 7 p.m.

Newcomer Todd Van Dyke will provide the play-by-play for Florida State while former Seminole Liberty Taylor will serve as color analyst for the second straight season.

Van Dyke is a native of Rochelle, Ill., but has lived in Tallahassee for the past five years. He is a marketing assistant in the Florida State Athletics Promotions Office.

Taylor, who hails from New Orleans, La., lettered for Florida State from 1991-95. This summer, she earned a master’s degree from FSU in Communications and is currently working at the Center for Professional Development on campus.

Aside from the Tallahassee area, the broadcasts can be heard via Internet users can link to the site from the women’s basketball page at, the official website of Florida State Athletics.

The radio schedule is as follows:

Nov. 19Tulsa7:00 p.m.
Nov. 26UT Chattanooga8:00 p.m.
Nov. 27Seminole Classic Game 28:00 p.m.
Nov. 30at Mercer7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7Florida7:00 p.m.
Jan. 6NC State7:00 p.m.
Jan. 9Virginia2:00 p.m.
Jan. 20at North Carolina7:00 p.m.
Feb. 3Wake Forest7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17at Georgia Tech7:00 p.m.
Feb. 24at Duke7:00 p.m.


1. North Carolina320
2. NC State302
3. Virginia260
4. Duke208
5. Georgia Tech192
6. Clemson166
8. Maryland88
9. Wake Forest64

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