December 1, 1998
The Duke contest will be the first of seven FSU
regular-season womens basketball games to be aired on WNLS
Radio. Dave Kreiger 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.
FSU vs. No. 16 Duke in the 1998-99 Atlantic Coast Conference
24 G Jen Robinson 11.3 ppg, 4.0 apg 12 G April Traylor 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg 41 F Tamara Gracey 6.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg 21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg 30 F Latavia Coleman 18.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg
23 F Arleshia Davidson 5.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg 10 G Val Linley 0.5 ppg, 2.3 apg 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg 00 G Lakesha Springle 1.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg 11 G Angela Sutton 5.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg 15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg 25 G/F Lako Brown 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg 51 C Lea Bennett 0.0 ppg, 2.0 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.
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.
FSU IN ACC OPENERS
Florida State will be looking to snap a seven-game
losing streak in league openers when the Seminoles meet
Duke. Since joining the ACC, FSU has not recorded a win in
an ACC opener, including two losses to Duke. The results
1991-92 L, Ga. Tech, 68-70 1992-93 L, at NC State, 67-75 1993-94 L, North Carolina, 61-102 1994-95 L, at Duke, 68-84 1995-96 L, at Duke, 30-92 1996-97 L, NC State, 52-88 1997-98 L, at NC State, 60-72
LAST YEAR VS. DUKE
The first meeting: Duke 96-76
Despite shooting 55 percent and getting 21 points from
Latavia Coleman and 18 from Jen Robinson, the Florida State
Seminoles fell 96-76 to No. 20 Duke at Cameron Indoor
After leading much of the first half, FSU trailed by just
five points at the break, but Duke came out firing in the
second half as four of its first six baskets were from
three-point range. The Blue Devils tallied 11 treys in all,
including six in the final 20 minutes. Duke increased its
lead to 13 before the Seminoles scored in the second half
and Florida State would get no closer than 10 the rest of
The game started out strong for the Seminoles as they shot
56 percent in the first half. They led 17-10, before Duke
squeaked its way back into the game. Duke tied the game at
the 8:04 mark with the score 21-21 and regained the lead on
a three-point play by Michele VanGorp at the 4:58 mark. FSU
led again 32-31 with 3:24 to go but didnt score again until
:24 on the clock while Duke went on a 8-0 run. Colemans
three-point play pulled the Tribe within five at the break.
Robinson scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half.
Brooke Wyckoff, who was scoreless in the first half, ended
the game with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The second meeting: Duke 79-67
Florida State received 21 strong points from sophomore
Latavia Coleman and junior Arleshia Davidson added 15 points
off of the bench to help keep the Seminoles on pace with No.
13 Duke, but the Blue Devils outscored FSU 22-10 in the
final five minutes of the game for the 79-67 victory.
Florida State led 33-27 at the break thanks to solid defense
and strong rebounding. Coleman led the way with eight
points at the half and the Tribe dominated the boards,
outdoing Duke 26-17. The six-point margin was the biggest
lead of the game for either team in the first 20 minutes.
The Seminoles extended their lead to seven at 38-31 to open
the second half, but Duke began to chip away at the lead.
The first of six, second half ties came at the 13:55 mark
when Dukes Peppi Browne hit a free throw completing a
three-point play for the Blue Devils. The last tie of the
game was at the 5:06 mark. The score was locked at 57 when
Dukes Lauren Rice, who scored a career-high 23 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the team, hit a three-pointer,
giving the Blue Devils the lead for good. Duke scored six
straight points and pulled away for the victory.
Monday, November 23
Alana Bader, Kent State
Rhonda Smith, Long Beach State
Latavia Coleman, Florida State
Dalma Ivanyi, Florida International
Brooke Wyckoff, Florida State
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Zuzana Michalcova, Florida International
LAST TIME OUT
Despite 21 strong points from junior forward 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 FIUs 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.
Florida International 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 sophomore Brooke Wyckoffs 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.
According to this weeks rankings, Florida State will
face or have faced eight teams who are currently ranked in
the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. Five ACC teams are ranked,
led by No. 8/9 North Carolina, FSUs opponent on Saturday.
Duke is No. 16 in both polls. Also on FSUs schedule this
season are No. 2 La. Tech, No. 5 Georgia and No. 20 Florida.
ON THE BOARDS
Paced by Brooke Wyckoff, who has led FSU in rebounding in
all four games, the Tribe has outrebounded its opponents in
all four games, including a 46-41 advantage over No. 3
Louisiana Tech. Wyckoffs 10.8 rpg average is tops in the
SPREAD THE WEALTH
At least four players have scored in double figures in
FSUs two wins this season. While Brooke Wyckoff has led the
team in rebounding in all four contests, three different
players have led the way in the scoring department. In the
Tulsa game, freshman April Traylor led the way with 23
points, Latavia Coleman took team honors with 30 points vs.
Louisiana Tech and 21 vs. Florida International while
Wyckoff paced the team with 20 points vs. Long Beach State.
WYCKOFF IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Brooke Wyckoff has already set new highs this season.
Against La. Tech, she tied her career-high with 15 rebounds
(also vs. FAMU 11/16/97) and against Long Beach State, 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).
Latavia Coleman and Brooke Wyckoff have each recorded
double-doubles this season. Coleman scored a career-high 30
points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech while
Wyckoff had 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Florida
SUTTON EARNS ACC ROOKIE HONORS
Angela Sutton, who hails from Cleveland, Tennessee, was
named the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Rookie of the Week on
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.
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
COLEMAN AND THE 30 POINT CLUB
Latavia Colemans career-high 30 points vs. Louisiana
Tech 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. Tia Paschal leads the
pack with 38 points vs. North Carolina in 1993 while Lysa
Moorefield was the last player to achieve the distinction
with 30 points vs. Georgia Tech last season.
TRAYLOR PEGGED ACC ROOKIE OF WEEK
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
Returning leading scorer Latavia Coleman didnt score her
first point against Tulsa until the 10:34 mark in the second
half. The junior made up for lost time however, picking up
12 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
FSU IN EXHIBITION ACTION
Florida State went 1-1 in exhibition play this
preseason. The Tribe downed the Mexican National Team
101-73 on November 3rd and fell 89-75 to Athletes in Action
on November 8th. See attached box scores.
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.
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
The Florida State captains, as chosen by their teammates,
are senior guards Jen Robinson and Val Linley.
DAVIDSON IS BACK
After having steel rods placed in both legs and undergoing a
knee scope during preseason, senior Arleshia Davidson is
back on the playing floor.
1998-99 MEDIA PRESEASON PREDICTED ACC TEAM FINISHES
SCHOOL PTS 1. Duke 207 2. Virginia 182 3. North Carolina 175 4. NC State 140 5. Clemson 136 6. Florida State 79 7. Maryland 76 8. Georgia Tech 53 9. Wake Forest 32
COLEMANS A SECOND TEAM PICK
Junior Latavia Coleman, the ACCs 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:
12/5 North Carolina (SUN) 6 p.m. 12/14 South Florida (SUN) 7:30 p.m. 1/2 at Georgia Tech (SUN) 2 p.m. 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)
12/2 at Duke 7 p.m. 12/30 at Georgia 7:30 p.m. 1/7 at Clemson 7 p.m. 1/14 Wake Forest 7 p.m. 1/22 Virginia 7 p.m. 1/28 at North Carolina 7 p.m. 2/18 Maryland 7 p.m
FOUR BIG SIGNINGS
Florida State womens 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 Smiths 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 Schools 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
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
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
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. FSUs 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 games first 11
points and didnt 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 FSUs 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.