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Women’s Hoops Look For Another Win

Nov. 20, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Monday’s game will be the 34th meeting between FSU and South Florida in a series that dates back to 1973-74. Florida State leads the series 30-3. The Tribe has won 11 straight over the Bulls, including an 83-74 win in Tallahassee last year.

Last year vs. the BULLS

It may have been FSU’s first action in nine days, but you sure coulcn’t tell as the Seminoles took a quick 8-1 lead vs. the South Florida Bulls and never looked back, winning the contest 83-74 at the Leon County Civic Center.

It was all Florida State in the first half as the Tribe shot 53 percent and led by as many as 20 points while maintaining a double-digit lead for the last eight minutes. FSU led by 13 at 44-31 at the break. Twelve Seminoles saw playing time in the first half.

Mixed FSU lineups and improved shooting allowed USF to climb back into the game late in the second half. The Bulls pulled to within single digits for the first time since the 11:52 mark of the first half at 68-59 with 5:59 to play in the game and got as close as five points at 75-70 with 2:32 remaining. FSU rallied for five straight points and came away with the victory.

Brooke Wyckoff and Jen Robinson paced FSU with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Latavia Coleman added 13 points in just 21 minutes of play, but it was the play of freshman guard Angela Sutton who had the Seminole fans on their feet. Sutton, who started the second half, recorded her first double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and added two assists and six steals in 28 minutes of play. She shared rebounding honors with Wyckoff, who recorded her second double-double of the season.


FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES DOWN TULSA 77-70 IN SEASON-OPENER

Senior Latavia Coleman leads all players with 32 strong points.

Florida State senior Latavia Coleman scored a game-high 32 points as she led the Seminoles to a 77-70 victory over Tulsa in the season-opener for both schools on Friday at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

The Seminoles built a lead of as many as 12 points at 24-12 with eight minutes to play in the first half, but the Golden Hurricane made a run and cut the FSU advantage to just three points at 29-26. The Tribe went into the lockerroom with a 35-30 lead.

Tulsa came out on fire in the second half with a 10-0 run to take a five-point lead at 40-35. With 12:58 remaining, Coleman tied the game at 45-45 with a layup and freshman Lauren Bradley gave the Seminoles the lead for good on their next possession. Bradley’s layup started an 11-0 Florida State run and the Tribe went on to lead by as many as 18 points at 71-53 with just over three minutes remaining. The Golden Hurricane rallied to outscore FSU 17-6 in the final minutes, but FSU came away with the seven-point victory.

Bradley and Coleman shared team honors in rebounding with nine apiece, helping the Seminoles to a 48-36 advantage on the boards. Junior newcomer Levys Torres contributed eight rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Sophomore April Traylor also tallied double figures with 15 points.

WYCKOFF OUT FOR SIX WEEKS

Junior starter Brooke Wyckoff broke the pinky finger on her right hand practice on Nov. 4th and had pins surgically placed to repair the injury. Wyckoff, from West Chester, Ohio, will be held out of practice for 3-fo-6 weeks.

Wyckoff is a two-year starter for Florida State and was second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game and first on the squad in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game last season. The 6-1 junior was a starter on the USA Basketball World University Games Team this past summer and led the squad in rebounding at 7.0 rpg.

30-POINT CLUB AGAIN

Latavia Coleman’s 32 points vs. Tulsa makes it the third time the forward has earned 30-Point Club honors. Coleman did it twice last season with 30 vs. No. 3 La. Tech and a career-high 38 vs. No. 8 North Carolina.

TRAYLOR AND TULSA

It seems April Traylor has Tulsa’s number. The sophomore guard tallied double digits for the second straight year vs. the Golden Hurricane. She had 15 in Friday’s win and a team-high 23 in last year’s opener.

REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL

Florida State outrebounded Tulsa in fine fashion, 48-36. Latavia Coleman had nine as did freshman Lauren Bradley while newcomer Levys Torres added eight boards in just 15 minutes of play.

IN EXHIBITION ACTION

FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOPS MISSISSIPPI ALL STARS

Senior Latavia Coleman returns to the court with game-high 23 points in 78-73 Seminole win.

In her first game since December 21, 1998, Florida State senior forward Latavia Coleman led all scorers with 23 points and added eight rebounds in the Seminoles’ 78-73 win over the Mississippi All Stars in front of 523 fans at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Florida State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held the All Stars scoreless until the 13:05 mark of the first half. The Seminoles built a 13-point advantage at 25-12 off of a layup by sophomore guard April Traylor, who had 10 first half points and 18 for the game. Three-point shooting and strong rebounding allowed the All Stars to pull within four points at 31-27 with 2:32 left in the first half, but FSU rallied for six straight unanswered points and went into the locker room with a 37-27 halftime lead.

The All Stars got to within three points, its closest margin of the game, when they scored the first seven points of the second half. The FSU lead remained single digits until the 6:07 mark, when a layup by Coleman started a 10-0 run for the Tribe, giving the Seminoles a 72-54 advantage. The All Stars, however, went on a run of their own in the final two minutes of the contest. Trailing by 17 at 78-61, the All Stars closed out the game with 12 straight points.

Freshman Lauren Bradley recorded a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Angela Sutton came off the bench to contribute 11 points. Freshman Katelyn Vujas added eight rebounds, sparking FSU with seven boards in seven minutes of play in the first half.

FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM DOWNS SLOVAN BRATISLAVA, 79-55

Freshman Lauren Bradley’s team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds sparks team

Led by freshman Lauren Bradley’s team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds, the Florida State women’s basketball team cruised to a 79-55 victory over Slovan Bratislava in exhibition action.

It took Florida State a few minutes to get things going in the game as the Seminoles found themselves down by five points twice in the game’s first six minutes. Trailing 4-9, the Tribe ran off eight straight points, by four different players, to take a three-point lead. On their next possession, Slovan hit a three to tie the game and a steal and a layup put them ahead by two at the 8:27 mark of the first half, but it would be their final advantage of the game. FSU outscored Slovan 18-8 the rest of the half and went into halftime leading 30-22. The Tribe was paced by sophomore guard Angela Sutton’s eight points and six steals in the first 20 minutes.

The Seminoles came out on fire in the second half, going on a 10-1 run to take a 17 point advantage at 40-23 with 17:05 remaining. Slovan pulled to within 13 points around the eight minute mark, but Florida State did not let up. A three-point basket by freshman Molly Beal put the Seminoles up by 20 at 65-45 with just over five minutes to play and FSU led by as least that many until its final 24-point margin. Bradley, who had seven points in 11 minutes of play in the first half, was unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. The Lake Mary, Fla., native scored 12 points and grabbed all eight of her rebounds in the second half. Senior Latavia Coleman contributed 13 points while Sutton finished the game with 12. Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle added 10 strong points off of the bench while sophomore guard April Traylor had 10 assists.

Florida State shot 51 percent for the game and outrebounded Slovan 47-31 after being outrebounded by two boards at halftime.

WHO DID WHAT

Lauren Bradley  14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
April Traylor   13.0 ppg, 7.0 apg
Latavia Coleman 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Angela Sutton   11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Lakesha Springle 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg
Shinikki Whiting 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Levys Torres     4.0 ppg, 4 rpg ( one game)
Katelyn Vujas    3.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Molly Beal       3.5 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Lea Bennett      0.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg

COLEMAN COMES BACK STRONG

Latavia Coleman looked as if she’d never been injured when she stepped onto the court vs. the Mississippi All Stars. Coleman scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Only April Traylor played more minutes with 32.

SUTTON STEALS ‘EM

Sophomore guard Angela Sutton, who got the start against Slovan Bratislava, recorded a career-high eight steals in the game. Sutton’s actual career high in steals is seven in last season’s finale vs. Duke.

FRESHMAN FEAR — NOT!

Rookie Lauren Bradley seemed to have no fear in exhibition action. The Lake Mary, Fla., native who earned Class 6A Player of the Year honors recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Mississippi All Stars and then led all FSU players with 19 points in the Slovan win. She earned starts in both contests.

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT

The Seminoles shot an impressive 51 percent from the field in the Slovan win and recorded an impressive 21 steals in the game.

MORE PLAYERS PLAYING MORE MINUTES

Florida State has much greater depth than in recent years, therefore, more players will be seeing more playing time. In the two exhibition games, everyone who was available to play did play. In the first game, 11 players saw action and seven of them saw 13 minutes or more. In the second exhibition, 12 players saw time with nine of them seeing 14 or more minutes.

ACC PRESEASON POLL

1. North Carolina   320
2. NC State         302
3. Virginia         260
4. Duke             208
5. Georgia Tech     192
6. Clemson          166
7. FLORIDA STATE    110
8. Maryland          88
9. Wake Forest       64

RADIO SCHEDULE FEATURES 11 GAMES

Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM

WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 11 Florida State women’s basketball regular-season games for the 1999-2000 season, beginning with the home opener vs. Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 19th at 7 p.m.

Newcomer Todd Van Dyke will provide the play-by-play for Florida State while former Seminole Liberty Taylor will serve as color analyst for the second straight season.

Van Dyke is a native of Rochelle, Ill., but has lived in Tallahassee for the past five years. He is a marketing assistant in the Florida State Athletics Promotions Office.

Taylor, who hails from New Orleans, La., lettered for Florida State from 1991-95. This summer, she earned a master’s degree from FSU in Communications and is currently working at the Center for Professional Development on campus.

Aside from the Tallahassee area, the broadcasts can be heard via broadcast.com. Internet users can link to the site from the women’s basketball page at seminoles.com, the official website of Florida State Athletics.

COMING UP

Florida State will host Xavier, Oakland and UT-Chattanooga in the third annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic this weekend, Nov. 26-27. FSU will take on UTC on Friday at 8 p.m.

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