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Women’s Basketball Opens ACC Season Against Duke

December 1, 1998


ON RADIO

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

Season Opener

  • Wed., December 2, 1998
  • Cameron Indoor Stadium
  • WNLS Radio AM 1270



    LEADING LADIES

                        
    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
    

    SUPPORTING CAST

    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
    are:

    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
    Stadium.



    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 way.



    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.



    TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT CLASSIC RESULTS


    Sunday, November 22

  • Florida International 79, Kent State 54
  • Florida State 94, Long Beach State 64



    Monday, November 23

  • CONSOLATION: Kent State 86, Long Beach State 66
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: Florida International 75, Florida State 62



    ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:

    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.



    TOUGH SLATE

    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
    ACC.



    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).



    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    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
    International.



    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.



    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.



    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
    of play.



    LATE BLOOMER

    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
    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.



    GAME RECAPS



    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. 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.

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