Aug. 15, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Reigning ACC Coach of the Year Sue Semrau and the Seminoles will be looking to capitalize on the program’s most successful season in a decade when Florida State opens the 2001-02 season vs. NCAA Tournament participant St. Mary’s at the Virgin Islands Tournament on November 18th. The 2001-02 slate includes 10 teams that made postseason appearances, including eight NCAA Tournament teams, as well as teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference.
“We’ve got a great schedule,” Semrau said. “Preseason, we wanted to go somewhere that was attractive to our players and the seniors chose to go somewhere tropical. It will be a Classic. St. Mary’s was in the NCAA Tournament last year and had a great year and we open with them. In our tournament, St. Joe’s has been in the NCAA Tournament and they’re a highly rated team and we have Florida coming in and we’ve got two other intra-state rivals in Jacksonville and UCF and we travel to Auburn and Indiana. We get a look at a variety of conferences and teams that have fared very well in their conferences as well. We felt like we could really step up our non-conference schedule this year and I think we did a good job of doing that.”
The schedule has 14 regular-season home dates, including the fifth annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic, which features East Tennessee State, Dayton and St. Joe’s. The Seminoles will also play two games in Indiana which will allow senior April Traylor, who hails from Martinsville, Indiana, the opportunity to play close to home, which is something Semrau has done for all of her seniors since coming to Florida State.
The Seminoles, who were ranked No. 25 in the 2001 final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, return six letterwinners, including three starters from last year’s squad that finished the season 19-12. With the loss of Brooke Wyckoff (Orlando Miracle), who averaged 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Levys Torres (Miami Sol), who averaged 10.8 points and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds and Molly Beal, who was medically disqualified, FSU will be looking for others to help carry the load. Returning starters April Traylor (15.1 points, 3.8 assists), Katelyn Vujas (11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Lakesha Springle (3.9 points, 2.0 assists) will have not only have some help, but perhaps, some competition.
The Seminoles welcome five new players to the team and sophomore Tasheika Morris, who transferred from Tennessee last summer, will be eligible. Morris (6-0, forward) practiced with the team all of last season and knows the system and could be ready to step into the starting lineup. A healthy Lauren Bradley (6-3, center), who redshirted last season, will also vie for starting honors. She was redshirted in order to allow proper healing of chronic stress fractures in her lower legs. With rest and rehab over the past season, Bradley should be ready to pick up from a solid rookie season in which she averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. Coaches expect junior Shinikki Whiting to have a breakout season. Whiting played in all 31 games and averaged 8.1 points per game. She tallied double figures in 11 games, including two games in postseason play. Senior Petra Hofmann, who saw a great deal of action backing up Springle at the point, returns. With a season of Division I ball under her belt, she will be even more valuable at the position. She, and Springle, will be challenged by newcomer LaQuinta Neely (5-8, Laurens, SC). Neely was pegged one of the top 5 players in the state of South Carolina, heading into last season. Perhaps the most heralded of all of the newcomers is 6-3 center Genesis Choice. Choice, a Street & Smith All-American, played in the WBCA High School All-America Game in April and scored 11 points for the victorious White team. Rounding out the newcomers are 5-10 guard Jamil Burrell, a Street & Smith honorable mention All-American from Bartow, Fla., 6-2 center Trinetta Moore, from County Cowley JC (same JC as Hofmann), and 5-10 shooting guard Linea Liljestrand from Stockholm, Sweden.
A complete television schedule for the women’s basketball team will be released at a later date.
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2001-02 SCHEDULE (as of August 15, 2001)
November Tue., 6 PREMIER PLAYERS (exh.) 7:00 pm Sun., 11 LOKOMOTIVA BRATISLAVA (exh.) 2:00 pm at Virgin Islands Tournament (San Juan) Sun., 18 vs. St. Mary's TBA Tues., 20 vs. Dayton TBA SEMINOLE CLASSIC Sat., 24 St. Joe's vs. Akron 2:00 pm FSU vs. EAST TENN. ST. 4:00 pm Sun., 25 Consol./Champion. 2/4:00 pm Thu., 29 FLORIDA 7:00 pm December Sun., 2 AUSTIN PEAY STATE 2:00 pm Wed., 5 at Georgia Tech 7:00 pm Fri., 7 JACKSONVILLE 7:00 pm Sun., 9 UCF 2:00 pm Sun., 16 at Auburn 2:00 pm Wed., 19 at Indiana 7:00 pm Fri., 21 at IUPUI 7:00 pm Sun., 30 at Clemson * 2:00 pm January Wed., 2 NORTH CAROLINA * 7:00 pm Sun., 6 at Maryland * (ACC TV) 1:00 pm Thu., 10 at Wake Forest * 7:00 pm Thu., 17 NC STATE * 7:00 pm Sun., 20 GEORGIA TECH * (ACC TV) 1:00 pm Wed., 23 at Virginia * 7:30 pm Sun., 27 DUKE * 2:00 pm Thu., 31 CLEMSON * 7:00 pm February Mon., 4 at UNC * (ACC TV) 7:00 pm Thu., 7 MARYLAND * 7:00 pm Sat., 9 WAKE FOREST * 6:00 pm Thu., 14 at NC State * 7:00 pm Thu., 21 at Duke * 7:00 pm Sun., 24 VIRGINIA * 2:00 pm March Fri.-Sun., 1-4 at ACC Tournament (Greensboro, NC) TBA 15/17, 16/18 NCAA Tournament First/Second Rounds TBA * denotes ACC contest
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