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Women’s Basketball Weekly Release

November 12, 1998

Florida State Seminoles vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

1998-99 Season-Opener – Saturday, November 14th, 8 p.m.

Expo Pavilion, Tulsa, Oklahoma

FLORIDA STATE IN SEASON-OPENERS
The Seminoles have a 16-9 record overall in season-openers dating back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has won 10 of its last 11 season-openers, including four straight. Since 1980-81, FSU has gone 3-2 in season-openers played on an opponent’s court.


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 STARTERS’ AVERAGES IN EXHIBITION GAMES

Coleman        25.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg
Wyckoff        18.5 ppg, 16.0 rpg
Robinson       14.0 ppg,  2.5 apg
Gracey         12.5 ppg,  7.5 rpg
Traylor        11.0 ppg,  4.5 rpg

LEADING LADIES

                            last season's stats
24  G   Jen Robinson        6.1 ppg, 3.7 apg
12  G   April Traylor       first season
41  C   Tamara Gracey       first season
21  F   Brooke Wyckoff      9.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg
30  F   Latavia Coleman     17.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg

SUPPORTING CAST

23  F   Arleshia Davidson   7.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
10  G   Val Linley          2.0 ppg, 2.2 apg
33  G/F Vanessa Fuchs       0.3 ppg, 0.0 rpg
25  G/F Lako Brown          0.9 ppg, 0.5 rpg
00  G   Lakesha Springle
11  G   Angela Sutton
15  G   Sandra Ulysse
51  C   Lea Bennett

FLORIDA STATE

1998-99 Record: 0-0

1997-98 Record: 9-18

Starters Returning/Lost: 3-2

Director: Head Coach Sue Semrau

School Record: 9-18/1 year

Career Record: 9-18/1 year

TULSA

1998-99 Record: 0-0

1997-98 Record: 9-18

Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2

Director: Head Coach Marla Odom

School Record: 14-39/2 years

Career Record: 14-39/2 years

 
NOVEMBER
         3      MEXICAN NATIONAL TEAM            W, 101-73
         8      ATHLETES IN ACTION               L,  75-89
        14      at Tulsa                           8:00 pm
        19      LOUISIANA TECH (SUN)               7:00 pm
                TALL. DEMOCRAT SEMINOLE CLASSIC
        22      Kent St. vs. Fla. International    2:00 pm
                FSU vs. Long Beach St.             4:00 pm
        23      Consolation/Championship         6/8:00 pm       
DECEMBER
         2      at Duke (WNLS)                     7:00 pm
         5      NORTH CAROLINA (SUN)               6:00 pm
        14      SOUTH FLORIDA (SUN)                7:30 pm
        17      at Pepperdine                     10:00 pm
        19      at Cal State Fullerton             5:00 pm
        21      WESTERN CAROLINA                   7:00 pm
        30      at Georgia (WNLS)                  7:30 pm
JANUARY
         2      at Georgia Tech (SUN)              2:00 pm
         4      NC STATE                           7:00 pm
         7      at Clemson (WNLS)                  7:00 pm
        14      WAKE FOREST (WNLS)                 7:00 pm
        17      at Maryland                        2:00 pm
        22      VIRGINIA (WNLS)                    7:00 pm
        25      DUKE (RSN)                         7:00 pm
        28      at North Carolina (WNLS)           7:00 pm
        31      GEORGIA TECH (RSN)                12:30 pm
FEBRUARY
         4      at NC State (SUN)                  7:00 pm
         7      CLEMSON (SUN)                      5:00 pm
        11      at Florida (SUN)                   7:00 pm
        15      at Wake Forest                     7:00 pm
        18      MARYLAND (WNLS)                    7:00 pm
        21      at Virginia                        2:00 pm
        25-28   at ACC Tournament - Charlotte, NC      TBD
        

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.


DYNAMIC DUO
Florida States Dynamic Duo of Latavia Coleman and Brooke Wyckoff will mean double trouble for FSU opponents this season. Both players recorded double-doubles in the exhibition vs. Mexico. Coleman led all scorers with 32 points and 15 rebounds while Wyckoff tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds. Wyckoff again recorded a double-double with 19 points and 18 boards vs. Athletes in Action.

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.


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

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 schedule:

11/19    Louisiana Tech (SUN)      7 p.m.
 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

DAVIDSON IS BACK
After having steel rods placed in both legs and undergoing a knee scope during preseason, senior Arleshia Davidson is back ready for action. She saw six minutes of play vs. Athletes in Action and grabbed two rebounds.

GOING HOME
Saturday’s game will have great meaning for FSU senior Tamara Gracey. The Guthrie, Oklahoma native will not only be playing in her first collegiate game in two years, but she will be playing in front of her home crowd. Gracey transferred to Florida State from the University of Tulsa and had to sit out last season. She averaged 12.5 points per game in two starts in exhibition play.

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 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 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.

1998-99 NUMERICAL ROSTER

No. Name                Pos.   Ht.  Yr. Hometown (high school)
00  Lakesha Springle    G     5-3   Fr. Thomasville, Ga. (Thomasville)
10  Val Linley          G     5-5   Sr. Emerson, Ga. (Hiwassee JC)
11  Angela Sutton       G    5-10   Fr. Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central)
12  April Traylor       G    5-10   Fr. Martinsville, Ind. (Martinsville)
15  Sandra Ulysse       G     5-7   Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  (Hallandle)
21  Brooke Wyckoff      F     6-1   So. West Chester, Ohio (Lakota)
23  Arleshia Davidson   F     6-2   Sr. Marietta, Ga. (Marietta)
24  Jen Robinson        G     5-8   Sr. Albany, Ga. (Dougherty)
25  Lako Brown          G/F  5-11   So. Eastman, Ga. (Dodge County)
30  Latavia Coleman     F    5-10   Jr. Macon, Ga. (Southwest)  
33  Vanessa Fuchs       G/F  5-10   So. Pompano Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)
41  Tamara Gracey       F     6-0   Sr. Guthrie, Okla. (Guthrie/Kansas/Tulsa)
51  Lea Bennett         C     6-3   Fr. Windham, Me. (Windham)

HEAD COACH: Sue Semrau (California-San Diego, ’85)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Theresa Gernatt (Georgia Tech, ’91), Angie Johnson (Louisville, ’91), Leslie Davies (Northern Illinois, ’95)

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