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Women’s Hoops Prepares for In-State Battle with South Florida

December 10, 1998

Florida State Seminoles vs. South Florida

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  • Monday, December 14, 1998
  • 7:30 pm – Leon County Civic Center

    LAST YEAR VS. SOUTH FLORIDA
    at Dial Classic in Gainesville, 91-59
    Latavia Coleman scored a then-career-high 26 points and Wendy Hampton added 19 as FSU defeated USF 71-59 in the consolation game of the Dial Classic. The Tribe opened the game on fire, shooting .536 for the half and led 42-18 at the break. In the second half, it as USFs turn. FSU didnt score until the 14:32 mark while USF cut the lead to 15 points. The Bulls continued to chip away at the FSU lead and pulled to within three at 48-45 with 7:18 to play. South Florida pulled to within a bucket at 58-56 with two minutes to go, but FSU held them to just three points the rest of the way while scoring 13 points itself.


    LEADING LADIES

    24  G   Jen Robinson       13.0 ppg, 4.5 apg
    12  G   April Traylor       9.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
    41  F   Tamara Gracey       7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg
    21  F   Brooke Wyckoff     13.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg
    30  F   Latavia Coleman    21.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg
    

    SUPPORTING CAST

    23  F   Arleshia Davidson   4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
    10  G   Val Linley          0.6 ppg, 2.0 apg
    33  G/F Vanessa Fuchs       2.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg
    00  G   Lakesha Springle    1.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg
    11  G   Angela Sutton       4.8 ppg, 2.7 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, 1.0 rpg
    


    FLORIDA STATE

    1998-99 Record: 2-4

    1997-98 Record: 9-18

    Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2

    Head Coach: Sue Semrau

    School Record: 11-22/2nd

    Career Record: 11-22/2nd


    SOUTH FLORIDA

    1998-99 Record: 7-1

    1997-98 Record: 11-17

    Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1

    Head Coach: Jerry Ann Winters

    School Record: 27-36/3rd

    Career Record: 235-171/15th


    ON RADIO
    Six remaining FSU regular-season womens basketball games will be aired on WNLS Radio. Dave Kriger 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.


    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.



    LAST TIME OUT
    Led by junior forward Latavia Coleman’s career-high 38 points, the Florida State womens basketball team shot 58 percent from the field as the Seminoles took the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels into overtime, before falling 112-101.


    Florida State led the entire first half behind the hot shooting of Coleman and sophomore Brooke Wyckoff who had 16 and 13 points, respectively, in the first half. The Seminoles scored the games first five points and built a lead of as many as 11 points at 35-24 with just under six minutes to play in the first half. The Tar Heels, however, went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes of the game and tied the score at 38-38. The Tribe responded, scoring six straight points, but went into the lockerroom up by just a point, 44-43.


    In the second half, there were three more ties before North Carolina took its first lead of the game at 53-52 with 17:49 to play. FSU would fall behind by as many as seven, but would not quit. The Tribe fought back as the game in regulation saw five more ties and five more lead changes. Leading 94-88 with 28 seconds to play, it appeared Florida State would earn the victory, but North Carolina hit two straight three-pointers to tie the game at 94-94 with 12 seconds to play. FSU could not get a shot off and turned the ball over with 0.03 to play. In the overtime, it was all North Carolina. The Tar Heels scored the first seven points and came away with the victory. Aside from Colemans game-high 38 points, three other Seminoles scored in double figures. Wyckoff contributed 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds while senior guard Jen Robinson added 18 and senior forward Tamara Gracey had 11 points.


    Nikki Teasley led the way for the Tar Heels with 32 points while Juana Brown and Chanel Wright added 28 and 26 points, respectively.


    COLEMAN TIES ALL-TIME SINGLE GAME MARK

    Latavia Coleman’s career-high 30 points vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech and her 38 points. vs. No. 8 North Carolina 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. Coleman tied the all-time mark for points in a single game with 38 vs. UNC. Tia Paschal set the mark with 38 points vs. North Carolina in 1993.


    THE CENTURY MARK
    Florida State’s 101 points vs. North Carolina marks the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Tribe has hit the century mark in points. In that year, FSU did it twice within five days with 100 points vs. FAMU on February 24, 1992 and 104 points vs. Oral Roberts on February 29, 1992. Last season, North Carolina scored 103 points in its win over FSU.


    WITH SUCH GRACE
    Senior Tamara Gracey plays with such grace that you dont know what shes done in a game until you see the boxscore. Oh so quietly, in six starts Gracey has scored in double figures in three games and has had seven or more rebounds in three games.


    GIVE ME THE BALL
    Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more steals than its opponents in three of six games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 19 steals in the season-opener vs. Tulsa. The Tribe and Duke tied with six steals apiece.


    CHARITY-STRIPE WOES
    The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season. FSUs best outing percentage-wise was .800 on 24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech, but FSU has missed 11 or more free throws in three games.

    HAND CHECK
    A total of 54 fouls were called in the FSU-Long Beach game while 52 fouls were called during the FSU-Duke game. Against the Blue Devils, three Seminoles fouled out of the contest.


    TOUGH SLATE
    According to this weeks rankings, Florida State will face or have faced eight teams who are currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Five ACC teams are ranked, led by No. 7 North Carolina, who FSU took into overtime. Also on FSU’s schedule this season are No. 4 La. Tech, No. 4 Georgia and No. 16 Florida.


    ON THE BOARDS
    Paced by Brooke Wyckoff, who has led FSU in rebounding in five games, the Tribe has outrebounded its opponents in four of six games this season, including a 46-41 advantage over No. 3 Louisiana Tech.


    EMERGING LEADERS
    Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in five contests, while Latavia Coleman has taken team-honors in four games, including two games of 30 or more points.


    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.


    TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT HONORS
    For the second straight season, Latavia Coleman has earned Tallahassee Democrat All-Tournament Team honors. This season, sophomore Brooke Wyckoff joins her with honors.


    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.

    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.


    WOMAN OF STEEL
    After having steel rods placed in both legs last summer and undergoing a knee scope during preseason, senior Arleshia Davidson is back on the playing floor and is averaging 5.4 points in 13.6 minutes per game.


    WYCKOFF ON THE USA TEAM
    Brooke Wyckoff represented herself and Florida State this summer as a member of the 1998 USA Select Team. The squad traveled abroad for 15 days making stops in Puerto Rico, Poland and Spain, and compiled a 7-1 record against the respective national teams.


    #00 Lakesha Springle
    Has played in all six games… tallied a season-high five points vs. Duke… is averaging 1.5 ppg.


    #10 Val Linley
    Has played in five games… recorded a season-high five assists in opener vs. Tulsa… has scored in two games.


    #11 Angela Sutton
    Has played in all six games… is averaging 4.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg… scored a season-high 17 points vs. Long Beach State in 16 minutes off of the bench… was named the ACC co-Rookie of the Week on Nov. 23rd… has averaged double-digit minutes the past four games and scored in all four.


    #12 April Traylor
    Is averaging 9.3 points per game… has started all six games… led the team with 23 points in season-opener vs. Tulsa and recorded a season-high seven rebounds… also tallied double figures vs. Long Beach State with 14… was named this seasons first ACC Rookie of the Week


    #21 Brooke Wyckoff
    Has started all six games… is averaging 13.8 points and a team-leading 8.5 rpg… has scored in double figures in five games, including a team-leading and career-high 20 points vs. Long Beach State… has led the team in rebounding in five games… tied her career high with 15 boards vs. Tulsa… also had a career-high seven steals vs. La. Tech… had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. FIU… was named to the Seminole Classic All-Tourney Team.


    #23 Arleshia Davidson
    Has played in all six games… is averaging 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game… had steel rods placed in both legs this summer… has scored in all six games… had a season-high eight points in season-opener vs. Tulsa.


    #24 Jen Robinson
    Has started all six games… had recorded double figures in five games including a season-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting… also had 16 vs. Long Beach State on 58 percent shooting… recorded a season-high eight assists in Long Beach game… is averaging 13 .0 points and 4.5 assists per game… hit four three-pointers in final five minutes of Duke game.


    #30 Latavia Coleman
    Has started all six games… is averaging a team-leading 21.8 ppg… is second on squad with at 8.0 rpg… has tallied double figures in all six games and has led the team in scoring four times… had a career-high 38 points vs. No. 8 North Carolina, tying the FSU mark for most points in a single-game… also tallied 30 points vs. No. 3 La. Tech and added 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the year… was named to the Seminole Classic All-Tourney Team.


    #33 Vanessa Fuchs
    Has played in five games… scored a career-high five points vs. Long Beach State… has scored in three games.


    #41 Tamara Gracey
    Has started all six games… scored a season-high 14 points vs. #3 La. Tech… also had 11 points vs. #16 Duke and #8 UNC… is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game… has had a season-high eight rebounds in two games.


    FOUR BIG SIGNINGS
    FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 9 by Baskeball News Magazine. Florida State women’s 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. FSU’s 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.


    FSU VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
    Despite 21 strong points from junior 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.


    FIU 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 Brooke Wyckoff’s 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.


    THE DUKE GAME
    Despite four FSU players in double figures, No. 16 Duke defeated the Tribe 91-72 in the ACC opener for both schools. The Blue Devils jumped to a 6-0 lead, but FSU came back to tie it and was right into the game for the first six minutes. Trailing by a point at 13-12, the Seminoles scored just one basket over the next eight minutes and allowed Duke to build a 31-14 advantage, but then FSU went on a streak of its own, scoring the games next 13 straight to pull within four. The Blue Devils responded, outscoring FSU 15-4 in the remaining minutes of the half to take a 46-32 halftime lead.


    FSU scored just six points in the first six minutes of the second half, but committed eight fouls placing Duke in the bonus early. The Blue Devils took advantage of the situation and built a lead of over 20 points with 16 minutes to play. With five minutes to go, Duke increased its lead to 31. FSU’s Jen Robinson got hot from beyond the arc and hit four treys in the remaining minutes to help the Tribe close out the game on a 19-4 run. Duke shot 53 percent from the game, including 8-for-14 from three-point land. Fifty-two fouls were called in the game as three FSU starters fouled out of the contest. Latavia Coleman led the team with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

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