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Women’s Basketball Hosts Wake Forest Thursday

January 12, 1999


vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

  • Thur., January 14th, 1999
  • 7:00 pm
  • Tallahassee
  • Leon County Civic Center


    Listen to the game on SportsRadio AM1270


    LEADING LADIES

                      
    24 G   Jen Robinson       11.6 ppg, 4.2 apg
    12 G   April Traylor      10.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
    41 F   Tamara Gracey       9.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg
    21 F   Brooke Wyckoff     13.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg
    23 F   Arleshia Davidson   6.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg
    

    SUPPORTING CAST

    11 G   Angela Sutton*      6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
    10 G   Val Linley          0.7 ppg, 1.5 apg
    33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs       2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
    00 G   Lakesha Springle    2.1 ppg, 1.4 apg
    15 G   Sandra Ulysse       0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    25 G/F Lako Brown          2.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg
    51 C   Lea Bennett         1.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg
    30 F   Latavia Coleman    20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
    

    *out for 4-6 weeks

    THE SERIES WITH WAKE FOREST

    Tonight’s game will be the 17th meeting between Florida State and Wake Forest. Wake holds a 10-6 advantage, but FSU has won the last two contests. The first meeting was in 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC.


    FLORIDA STATE

    1998-99 Record: 5-9, 0-5

    1997-98 Record: 9-18


    Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2



    Head Coach Sue Semrau

    School Record: 14-27/2nd

    Career Record: 14-27/2nd



    WAKE FOREST


    1998-99 Record: 6-9, 2-3

    1997-98 Record: 4-23

    Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1



    Head Coach Charlene Curtis

    School Record: 10-32/2nd

    Career Record: 172-182/14th



    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.



    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 more 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 four games since her absence, Brooke Wyckoff has recorded three double-doubles. Tamara Gracey has scored in double figures in three games, including a season-high 19 points vs. NC State and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Clemson while Davidson, Coleman’s replacement in the lineup, has averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.



    APRIL HAS COME BACK STRONG

    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 returned to the lineup vs. Georgia and has scored more points with each game. Over the past four games, she has averaged 14.8 points and 4.3 rebounds, including 20 strong points vs. #12 Clemson.


    LAST YEAR VS. WAKE FOREST

    Florida State edged Wake Forest 64-63 in Tallahassee on January 8th. The Tribe took an early five point lead, but Wake Forest went on a run and took a lead of as many as 10 and led 31-27 at the break. In the second half, FSU fell behind again by eight, but then scored 13 straight to take another five-point lead and despite three ties didn’t trail again the final eight seconds of the game. Leading 60-52, FSU allowed Wake Forest to go on an 11-2 run. Trailing 62-63, Brooke Wyckoff was fouled and hit both free throws for the FSU win.


    One month later on February 8th, FSU defeated Wake Forest 63-56 in Winston-Salem, N.C. FSU never trailed in the game and got off to a quick start with its largest lead of 11 points at 14-3 at the 13:39 mark. The Tribe led just 21-19 at the break. Wake Forest pulled to within a point with 7:32 to go, but FSU went on an 18-8 run to once again go up by 11 and led by as many as seven points the rest of the way.


    Returning FSU players vs. Wake Forest last year:

                    G 1  G 2    Average
        Wyckoff     8/4  17/12  12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg
        Robinson    9/6   9/5    9.0 ppg, 5.5 apg
        Coleman    22/8   8/5   15.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
        Davidson    9/5   8/1    8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
        Linley      2/1   3/0    2.5 ppg, 0.5 apg
    

    LAST YEAR’S FIRST WIN VS. WAKE

    FSU’s win over Wake in the first meeting between the two clubs was significant in many ways:


    * FSU’s first ACC win of the season and since a 64-51 win over Georgia Tech on Feb. 29, 1996 in the ACC Tournament…

    * snapped a 22 ACC-game losing streak…

    * snapped a seven-game losing streak…

    * gave FSU its fifth win of the season, matching its total wins from the year before…

    * was FSU’s first win over Wake since 1994-95.



    A WIN VS. WAKE WOULD…

    * give FSU its first ACC win

    * would snap a four-game losing streak

    * would give FSU its first win since losing Coleman and Sutton to injuries.


    LAST TIME OUT

    Despite leading at halftime and getting 20 strong points from April Traylor, the Florida State Seminoles fell 77-55 to the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers last Thursday at Littlejohn Coliseum. With the loss, FSU falls to 5-9 and 0-5 in the ACC and remained winless since losing leading scorer Latavia Coleman for the season and starter Angela Sutton for four weeks. Clemson improved to 12-2 and 3-2 in the league.

    It was the “April Traylor Show” in the first half as the freshman guard paced the Tribe with 16 points to lead all players at the half. Traylor hit a season-high three, three-pointers in the first 20 minutes and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. FSU trailed 8-5 early, but scored four straight points to take its first lead at 9-8 while holding Clemson scoreless for nearly six minutes. The Lady Tigers Amy Geren sunk a trey to give Clemson an 11-9 lead with just under 11 minutes to go, but FSU tied it up and then Traylor nailed two straight threeis to give FSU the lead once again. Florida State led by as many as seven at 24-17 with 3:06 left to go in the first half, but scored just one more time before time expired and went into the lockerroom with a slim three-point advantage at 26-23. Florida State shot just 32 percent from the field, but Clemson went just 25 percent for the half. The Tribe edged the Tigers in rebounding at 25-24, but committed 13 first-half turnovers.


    Clemson went on a 22-2 run over the first seven minutes of the second half to go from trailing by three to leading by 17 and the Tigers led by double digits the rest of the game. Traylor was held to just four points in the second half while Brooke Wyckoff scored 11 in the final 20 minutes to record her sixth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the game. Tamara Gracey also grabbed 11 boards. Florida State cut the lead to 13 at 54-41 with 8:09 to play but could get no closer. Clemson was put in the bonus early at the 12:51 mark and was 12-for-18 from the free throw line in the second half.



    GRACEY GETS IT DONE

    Tamara Gracey scored a career/season high 19 points vs. NC State and tied her best with nine rebounds vs. the Wolfpack. She played 34 minutes in the game … the most of the season. Gracey is fourth on the team in scoring and first on the squad in free throw shooting at .791.



    LEADING AT THE BREAK

    Florida State has led at halftime in 7 of 14 games this season, including two of its last three games, but has won just four 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.



    IN THE LEAGUE

    Coming in to the week, the Seminoles individually are making some noise in the ACC:

    Wyckoff:    14th, 13.6 ppg
                3rd,   8.4 rpg
                2nd,   2.4 bpg
                3rd,   2.3 spg
    Gracey:     5th,  .791 FT%
    Robinson:   4th,   4.2 apg
    

    TOUGH SLATE

    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. 19 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.


    ON RADIO

    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 women’s basketball page on FSU’s 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

    With the WCU win, Florida State …

    * was 5-5 (.500) at the Christmas break.

    * was more than half way to last season’s win total of 9

    * had two straight wins for the first time this season

    * was 5-3 vs. Non-ACC teams this season

    * was 3-3 at home this season


    BIG WIN

    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 6 of 14 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 by 9 boards vs. Clemson.


    IS IT BROOKE OR “BLOCK” WYCKOFF?

    Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 33 swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.4 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 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, NC State, Clemson:
    Robinson-Traylor-Davidson-Wyckoff-Gracey


    SUTTON HAD 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 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.


    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff and Angela Sutton have all recorded double-doubles this season.


    Wyckoff has done it five times:

    14 points, 10 rebounds vs. Florida International

    16 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida

    19 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia

    12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech


    17 points, 11 rebounds vs. Clemson



    Coleman did it twice:


    30 points, 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech

    21 points, 10 boards vs. Pepperdine



    Sutton earned the honor off of the bench:

    13 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida



    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 14 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.



    OVERTIME GAMES

    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.


    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 13 starts Gracey has scored in double figures in eight games and has had seven or more rebounds in eight games, including a team-high nine vs. Cal State Fullerton and NC State and 11 vs. Clemson.


    GIVE ME THE BALL

    Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more steals than its opponents in nine games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina. The Tribe and Duke tied with six steals apiece.


    CHARITY-STRIPE WOES


    The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season. FSU’s 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.

    HAND CHECK

    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

    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.


    CLASSIC HONORS


    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.


    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 publication’s 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.



    LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

    The Tribe will have 16 games either televised on Sunshine Network or aired on WNLS-AM 1270 Radio this season. Here’s the remaining schedule:

    1/25    Duke (RSN)                7 p.m.
    1/31    Georgia Tech (RSN)       12:30 p.m.
    2/4     at NC State (SUN)         7 p.m.
    2/7     Clemson (SUN)             5 p.m.
    2/11    at Florida (SUN)          7 p.m.
    

    WNLS Radio (1270 AM)

    1/14    Wake Forest               7 p.m.
    1/17    at Maryland               2 p.m.
    1/22    Virginia                  7 p.m.
    1/28    at North Carolina         7 p.m.
    2/18    Maryland                  7 p.m
    


    The Seminoles Record When…

    At home: 3-4

    On the road: 2-5

    Neutral sites: 0-0

    vs. ACC: 0-5

    Non-Conference: 5-4

    Home ACC: 0-2

    Road ACC: 0-3

    Shooting 50% or better: 3-1

    Shooting below 50%: 2-8

    Opponent shoots 50% or better: 1-2

    Opponent shoots below 50%: 4-7

    Outrebound opponent: 3-3

    Outrebounded: 1-6

    Rebounds are tied: 1-0

    vs. Top 25 opponents: 0-5

    vs. Top 10 opponents: 0-3

    Leading at halftime: 4-3

    Trailing at halftime: 1-6

    Tied at halftime: 0-0

    In overtime: 0-1

    Playing during the day: 2-1

    Playing at night: 3-8

    November: 2-2

    December: 3-4

    January: 0-3

    Monday: 2-2

    Tuesday: 0-0

    Wednesday: 0-1

    Thursday: 0-4

    Friday: 0-0

    Saturday: 2-2

    Sunday: 1-0

    On Television: 1-3


    Longest winning streak: 2

    Longest losing streak: 4

    Largest margin of victory: 44


    Largest margin of defeat: 23



    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.

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