November 20, 2000 - by
Women’s Basketball Travels to Gaineville For matchup With The Gators
FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA
November 21, 2000
7 p.m., WNLS Sportsradio AM 1270


FSU PROBABLE STARTERS
12      G       April Traylor           12.0 ppg, 6.0 apg
10      G       Lakesha Springle        4.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
13      C       Levys Torres            15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
21      F       Brooke Wyckoff          10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
20      F       Katelyn Vujas           14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg

COMING OFF THE BENCH
22      G/F     Vanessa Fuchs           7.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
4       G       Petra Hofmann           5.0 ppg, 2.0 apg
3       G       Shinikki Whiting        9.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
25      G/F     Lako Brown              4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
44      F       Lauren Bradley          9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
32      G       *Molly Beal             injured
24      G       Kim Small               first year
* out four weeks with injury

UF PROBABLE STARTERS
4       G       Tombi Bell              21.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10      G       Brandi McCain           14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
13      C       Jameelah Trimble        2.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
4       F       Tamara Stocks           15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
10      F       Monique Cardenas        13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg


THE SERIES
According to the Florida State records, the series between FSU and UF dates
back to the 1973-74 season. Since that year, in which the Seminoles won
three of four contests, the series records stands at 35-24 in Florida’s
favor. FSU’s last win over the Lady Gators was back in the 1991-92 season
when the Tribe won 90-78 at home in overtime. UF has won 12 straight over
the Seminoles.


DID YOU KNOW…
Seniors Brooke Wyckoff and Vanessa Fuchs were chosen team captains this
season… the Seminoles won their four games in Europe by an average of 47
points… FSU will have seven regular-season games on television and 16
regular season games on radio.

FLORIDA STATE
2000-01 Record          1-0
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Head Coach Sue Semrau
School Record   29-55/4th year
Career Record   same
FLORIDA
2000-01 Record  1-0
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Head Coach Carol Ross
School Record   206-104/11th year
Career Record   same

LAST TIME VS. THE GATORS
        Latavia Coleman scored a game-high 26 points and April Traylor added 22, but the Florida State women's basketball team, despite being down
just two points with 1:56 to play, fell 82-74 to the Florida Gators in
front of 1,702 fans at the Leon County Civic Center.
        The Lady Gators came out firing in the first half and scored the
first 10 points of the game.  Connecting on three, three-pointers helped
Florida to build a lead of 17 points twice, nine minutes into the game.
The Seminoles though, picked up their game defensively and forced 15
Florida turnovers and found themselves right back into the game.  Trailing
25-8 at the 11:12 mark, Florida State went on a 10-2 run to pull within
nine points with 7:01 to go.  The Tribe pulled to within a point at 32-31,
but trailed 34-31 at halftime.
        The Seminoles fell behind by 10 early in the second half, but
didn't stop fighting.  Down 46-36 with 16:39 to play, the Tribe rallied for
eight of the game's next nine points to pull within three again.  FSU cut
the UF lead to just a point three different times, but was unable to take
the lead.  With the score 71-69 with just under two minutes to play,
Florida's Tonya Washington, who led the Gators with 24 points, hit a jumper
to put UF up by four.  FSU was forced to foul down the stretch and UF hit
nine of 10 free throws.  FSU's Traylor hit a trey at the buzzer to cut the
final deficit to eight points.
        Wyckoff contributed six points and six rebounds in 28 minutes of
play in her first game back from a preseason injury.

FSU PLAYERS VS. FLORIDA
Here's a look at what current FSU players average against the Lady Gators:
Wyckoff         12.0 points, 13.0 rebounds in 3 games
Traylor         25.5 points, 1.0 rebounds in 2 games
Springle        1.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds in 2 games
Bradley         8 points, 1 rebound in 1 game
Vujas           6 points, 1 rebound in 1 game
Torres          1 point, 2 rebounds in 1 game
fuchs           2 points in one game
Brown           2 rebounds in one game
Whiting 2 rebounds in one game

LAST TIME OUT
FSU women open with impressive 25-point victory over UNC-Asheville
        Led by senior Levys Torres' 15 points,  four Seminoles
tallied double figures as the Florida State women's basketball team
defeated the Bulldogs of UNC-Asheville, 89-64, in FSU's season-opener
Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
        The Lady Seminoles finished the first half with a commanding 40-27
lead.  Sophomore Katelyn Vujas set the pace for the Seminoles, scoring 10
points in the first half, as well as leading the team in rebounds with
five.  The Tribe took charge of the game early and never looked back.  FSU trailed the
Bulldogs twice early in the first half, and junior April Traylor came into
the game and gave the Seminoles a boost and the lead for good at 10-9.
        Beginning with Traylor's layup, the Seminoles went on a 18-2 run
and took their largest lead at that point of the half at 26-11 with 6:35 to
play. FSU led by as many as 18 at 38-20 with just under two minutes
remaining in the half and led by 13 at the break.  The Seminoles had just
two turnovers in the first half, while forcing 14 Bulldog turnovers.
        FSU continued to dominate the game on both ends of the court in the
second half.  The Seminoles went on a 16-4 run to open up the half and
later built their largest lead of 32 points at the 8:31 and 6:12 marks.
Along with Torres, Vujas, April Traylor and Brooke Wyckoff all tallied double figures.
Vujas had 14 points, a team-high eight rebounds and five assists while
Traylor and Wyckoff added 12 and 10 points, respectively.  Traylor led the
team with six assists.  FSU committed just 12 turnovers and notched 13
steals.


IN THE PAINT
With the added height to the roster the past couple of years,
Florida State’s post game has shown vast improvement. In fact, in the
UNC-Asheville game, the Seminoles outscored the Bulldogs 42-22 in the
paint. FSU also took advantage of 25 UNC-A turnovers with 33 points off of
turnovers. The Tribe also recorded 12 fast-break points.


TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Florida State has already bettered its single-game turnover mark
from all of last season. The Seminoles committed just 12 turnovers,
including just two in the first half, in its opener with UNC-Asheville on
Sunday. Last year’s low was 13 vs. Oakland.


ASSIST TO TURNOVER RATIO
The Tribe had an impressive assist-to-turnover ratio in the
UNC-Asheville game. FSU recorded 23 assists and had just 12 turnovers.


EVERYONE PLAYS, EVERYONE SCORES
With the exception of walk on Kim Small, everyone available to play
for FSU on Sunday saw action. In fact, not only did all 11 players see
minutes, but double-digit minutes and all 11 Seminoles scored in the
25-point win.


VUJAS HAS ALL-AROUND GAME
Sophomore Katelyn Vujas had 14 points, a team-high eight rebounds
and a career-high five assists in the opener vs. UNC-Asheville. She also
added two steals and had just two turnovers in a team-high 27 minutes of
play. Vujas shot 50 percent from the field (5-for-10) and was a perfect
4-for-4 from the free throw line.


BALANCED SCORING
With the loss of leading scorer Latavia Coleman’s 16.1 points per
game, the Seminoles are going to need to spread the ball and get points
from several players. They did just that in their opener as four players
tallied double figures.


BIG GAME FOR BROWN
Lako Brown tied her career-high for minutes with 14 against
UNC-Asheville. She also tied her career high for points with four and set
a new career-high with three rebounds.


VANESSA IS TOPS IN ACADEMICS
Senior Vanessa Fuchs garnered her fourth-straight Golden Torch
Award for the academic student-athlete for women’s basketball. Fuchs has
maintained a 3.86 GPA in Media Productions.


APRIL CUTTING DOWN HER TURNOVERS
Junior guard April Traylor, who played point guard last season,
will be cutting down her turnovers in her natural two-guard position. In
the first exhibition game, Traylor had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and
just 3 turnovers in 36 minutes of play. In the season-opener, she had 12
points, 6 assists and just 3 turnovers.


THE INJURY BUG
Unfortunately, the injury bug has struck the FSU women’s basketball
team in the preseason. Sophomores Shinikki Whiting and Lauren Bradley have been slowed by injuries while sophomore Molly Beal is out of action forfour more weeks. Whiting is recovering from a torn ACL of her right knee suffered in the spring. Bradley is still nursing a tender right foot while
Beal underwent a right knee scope in mid-October to remove bone fragments
and will be out four more weeks. Bradley and Whiting both played in the
opener.


LEVYS LOOKING GOOD
Senior Levys Torres recorded a career-high 17 rebounds to go along
with her 14 points in FSU’s first exhibition vs. the Premier Players. The
Colombia, South America native also notched a double-double in the second
exhibition a with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Norkopping game.
Overall, she averaged 15.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in
the preseason.


WYCKOFF IS BECOMING GO-TO PLAYER
Senior Brooke Wyckoff has become much more aggressive in the
preseason in the scoring department. The West Chester, Ohio, native
averaged 27.5 points in the two exhibitions, but also dished off the ball
with 4.5 assists per game. She averaged 10.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per
game last season.


ACC PRESEASON POLL
1. Duke                 322
2. Virginia             278
3. NC State             232
4. North Carolina       206
5. Clemson              174
6. Georgia Tech         148
7. Maryland             120
8. Florida State        82
9. Wake Forest          46


EARLY SIGNING PERIOD GOOD TO THE NOLES
Florida State University women’s basketball Head Coach Sue Semrau
has announced the signing of Street & Smith All American Genesis Choice, a
6-2 post from Orlando, Fla., Street & Smith honorable mention All-American
Jamil Burrell, a 5-10 guard from Bartow, Fla., and LaQuinta Neely, a 5-8
point guard from Laurens, S.C., to a National Letters of Intent to play for
the Seminoles in 2001-02.

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