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Women’s Hoops Preps for No. 8 Duke, Feb 26

February 25, 1999

Florida State Seminoles vs. #8 Duke

  • Friday, Feb. 26, 1999 – 8 p.m.
  • WNLS Radio 1270 AM
  • Independence Arena – Charlotte, NC


    THE SEASON quickly …

    With seven letterwinners returning, including three starters, the Florida State Seminoles had high hopes heading into the 1998-99 season. The Tribe was selected as an NCAA Tournament team with its No. 50th ranking in the Basketball News Magazine preseason Top 64 poll and was chosen to place 6th in the ACC preseason poll. The Seminoles started the season strong with a road win at Tulsa and an impressive outing vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech. Perhaps the North Carolina contest was a preview for how the team would fare in ACC play as FSU led almost the entire game before falling to the No. 8 Tar Heels in overtime. FSU went home for the holidays with a 5-5 record after an impressive 44-point win over Western Carolina. Tragedy struck on Dec. 26th when the Seminoles lost starter Latavia Coleman for the season with a torn ACL. Freshman Angela Sutton also suffered an injury that would keep her down six games. The loss of Coleman and her 20.8 points (second in the ACC at the time) and 7.0 rebounds, proved to be devastating for the squad as FSU, despite being very competitive in nearly every contest, won just two games the rest of the season.


    FOR THE RECORD



    FLORIDA STATE


    1998-99 Record: 7-19, 2-14

    Current Streak: lost 1

    Tourney seed: #9


    HEAD COACH – SUE SEMRAU


    School Record: 16-37/2nd

    Career Record: same



    DUKE


    1998-99 Record: 23-5, 15-1

    Current Streak: won 2

    Tourney seed: #1


    HEAD COACH –GAIL GOENSTENKORS


    School Record: 141-66/7th

    Career Record: same



    Probable starters


    24 G Jen Robinson 12.3 ppg, 4.0 apg
    12 G April Traylor 12.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
    41 C Tamara Gracey 10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg
    21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg
    23 F Arleshia Davidson 7.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg


    COMING OFF THE BENCH
    11 G Angela Sutton 6.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
    10 G Val Linley 0.8 ppg, 1.8 apg
    33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg
    00 G Lakesha Springle 1.7 ppg, 1.1 apg
    15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    25 G/F Lako Brown 1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
    51 C Lea Bennett 0.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg
    30 F Latavia Coleman 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg*
    *out for the season


    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.


    COLEMAN OUT FOR THE SEASON

    Seminole leading scorer Latavia Coleman, a junior forward, suffered a season-ending knee injury in an evening practice on Saturday, December 26th. An MRI revealed that Coleman has a complex tear of the cartilage and a significant ACL tear in her right knee, the same knee that she has surgery to repair torn cartilage on in October of 1997. She had surgery on January 15th.


    COULDN’T STOP COLEMAN

    Latavia Coleman had scored in double figures in all 10 games this season, but even more remarkable was her shooting accuracy of .547. The junior forward shot 50 percent or better in seven games. She was averaging a team-high 15.0 field goal attempts per game and was making 8.2 of them.


    LAST TIME OUT

    Despite a strong showing, the Florida State Seminoles fell 55-73 to No. 17 Virginia in Charlottesville on February 21st.


    Florida State scored first but then went down 2-8 to the Cavaliers. After trading baskets to make the score 4-10 at the 17:12 mark, the Tribe held UVA scoreless for 6:12 as FSU ran off 11 straight points to take a 15-10 lead. The Seminoles biggest lead was nine at 25-16 with 3:40 left in the first half. The Tribe didn’t score for the remainder of the half and the Cavs scored five to pull within 25-21 at the break.


    FSU maintained a lead until the 12:18 mark of the second half when UVA’s Lisa Hosac nailed a three pointer to give the Cavaliers a 40-39 advantage. UVA hit two more straight threes, amidst a 15-0 run, giving the Cavs a 57-40 lead at the 7:55 mark. The Tribe was held to just 15 points the rest of the game. FSU again struggled from the free throw line, going 5 for 17 in the second half and 7-for-20 for the game.


    Tamara Gracey led the way for FSU with 15 points while Brookey Wyckoff added 13 points and seven boards and April Traylor had 11 points.


    FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT

    The Seminoles have recorded just one win in eight tourney games. The game will mark the first time FSU has faced Duke in ACC Tournament action.


    1992 #5 FSU 69 – #4 UNC 81
    1993 #7 FSU 68 – #2 Maryland 91
    1994 #9 FSU 57 – #8 W. Forest 72
    1995 #9 FSU 56 – #8 Maryland 72
    1996 #9 FSU 64 – #8 Ga. Tech 51
    #9 FSU 50 – #1 UVA 83
    1997 #9 FSU 59 – #8 W. Forest 70
    1998 #7 FSU 68 – #2 Clemson 85

    THE SERIES WITH DUKE

    Duke holds an 11 advantage in the series that dates back to the 1991-92 season, FSU’s year in the ACC. FSU took the first four meetings, but Duke has won 11 of last 12 contests.


    ACC HONORS

    Sophomore Brooke Wyckoff and freshman April Traylor were among those who received all-conference honors. Wyckoff, who averaged 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in the regular season, was named the the ACC’s Third Team. She ranked among the in the league in scoring (12th), rebounding (Tied,5th), blocks (2nd) and steals (2nd). Traylor earned ACC All-Freshman Team accolades after averaging 12.8 points per game and scoring in double figures in 14 of the last 15 games.


    SO CLOSE AND YET …

    FSU’S four-point loss to #17 Clemson was almost too close for comfort. FSU has been in nearly every game its played in this season. The Tribe has lost eight games by 13 points or less this season, including four games nine points or under!


    SUTTON SEES IT AND THEN DOES IT

    It was just her second game back since injuring her foot on December 26th, but freshman guard Angela Sutton, who missed six games, tied her career high with 17 points in 26 minutes off of the bench vs. #9 Duke on January 25th. Sutton was 3-of-4 from three-point range — her first treys of the season.


    FROM THE LINE

    The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season, but against Duke on January 25th, FSU had its best showing of the season. The Tribe went 18-of-21 for a season-high .857. Prior to that game, FSU’s best outing percentage-wise was .800 on 24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech. However, FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in 12 games, including a season-high 14 at Maryland and Florida.


    BREAK DOWN:

    Here’s how FSU and Duke match up:


    FSU Duke
    PPG 73.6 81.5
    RPG 38.0 41.1
    FG% .427 .484
    FT% .663 .709
    3FG% .246 .393
    BLOCKS 97/3.7 74/2.6
    STEALS 274/10.5 239/8.5
    ASSISTS 341/13.1 514/18.4
    TURNOVERS 547/21.0 488/17.4

    HOW THE SEMINOLES FARED AGAINST THE BLUE DEVILS

    Here’s a look at how key players did against Duke this season…

    Coleman 18/9 DNP 18.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg
    Wyckoff 10/1 18/4 14.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
    Traylor 2/3 14/2 8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
    Gracey 11/7 7/4 9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
    Robinson 15/5 9/2 12.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
    Davidson 4/2 8/4 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
    Sutton 4/3 17/2 10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg

    THE FRESHMEN FIGURED IT OUT

    Both April Traylor and Angela Sutton were held to little offensive production in the first meeting with Duke as Traylor had two points and Sutton managed four. In the second meeting with the Blue Devils, however, both players talied double figures. Traylor had 14 points, while Sutton matched her career high of 17 points off the bench.


    TOP 10 … WHAT’S NEW?

    The Duke game will be FSU’s sixth game against a Top 10 opponent this season. The Tribe has faced then-No. 3 Louisiana Tech, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 4 Georgia, No. 9 Duke and No. 10 North Carolina. In all, FSU has played 13 games against teams who were ranked at one time or another this season.


    THE ALL-TIME LEADER

    With 388 career assists in 107 games, point guard Jen Robinson has become Florida State’s all-time assists leader. The previous record holder was Allison Peercy who played for FSU from 1992-95 and had 382 assists in 111 games.


    RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE

    April Traylor’s game-high 29 points vs. Florida was not only a career-high for the rookie, but her 22 free throw attempts set a new FSU record. The previous record was 19 attempts set by Tia Paschal in 1993 and also by Carla Williams in 1995.


    TRAYLOR HONORED BY LEAGUE

    Traylor was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of Feb. 15. It is the second such honor this season for the Martinsville, Indiana native.


    Traylor was unstoppable as she led all scorers with a career-high 29 points last Thursday against the Lady Gators of Florida. Traylor also set a new FSU record in the effort with 22 free throw attempts. The previous record was 19 attempts set by Tia Paschal in 1993 and also by Carla Williams in 1995. Along with her outstanding scoring, Traylor added five steals in her 37 minutes of play.


    J-ROB RACKS ‘EM UP

    Jen Robinson was unstoppable in FSU’s game vs. Georgia Tech on January 31st. The Albany, Georgia, native scored a career-high 31 points in 34 minutes of play in the contest. She connected on a career-high six three-pointers and also led all players with five assists. Twenty four of her game-high 31 points came in the second half, including 19 in the game’s final 7:39. With the 31 points, Robinson places herself among an elite group … the Florida State 30-point Club. Only 12 other Florida State players have scored 30 points or more in a game. Teammate Latavia Coleman did it twice this season.


    HOW DO YOU REPLACE HER?

    As the Seminoles discovered, there was just no easy way to replace Latavia Coleman and her 20.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Here’s who did what without her the last 16 games…


  • Brooke Wyckoff recorded six double-doubles and scored in double figures in 12 games;
  • Tamara Gracey scored in double figures in 10 games, including a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. UNC;
  • Arleshia Davidson has had double figures in six games;
  • April Traylor has had double digits in the 14 games.
  • Jen Robinson has scored in double figures in eight games.


    APRIL HAS COME BACK STRONG

    Freshman guard April Traylor suffered an injury to her lower right back vs. South Florida and missed two games and saw limited minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton. But when she returned, she returned better than ever and really came on strong down the stretch. She has had double figures in 14 of 15 games, including a career-high 29 points vs. Florida.


    THE SECOND HALF

    Don’t ever count on the Seminoles at the half. FSU has outscored its opponent in the second half in nine games this year and is 5-4 in those contests. FSU tied its opponent in three other games in the final 20 minutes but lost all three.


    AMAZING GRACEY

    Senior Tamara Gracey was simply amazing in the North Carolina game in Chapel Hill. She went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field, 6-for-6 from the free throw line for a career-high 24 points and grabbed a career-high 13 boards. Her previous highs were 19 points vs. NC State and 11 rebounds vs. Clemson.


    NOT TOO SHABBY

    The Seminoles outrebounded UNC by 10 — 40-30 — its largest margin over an ACC opponent this season. FSU also had its best shooting percentage vs. an ACC opponent vs. North Carolina. In the first game, the Tribe shot .580 while in their second meeting, FSU went .563.


    WHO’S DOING THE SCORING?

    The future is indeed bright for these young Seminoles. Against Duke, a sophomore and two freshmen led FSU in scoring. Not an unusual occurrence for the Tribe. Through 26 games, a freshman or sophomore has led FSU in scoring in 15 contests. The Breakdown:


    Jr., Coleman: 6 times (6 of first 10 games before injury)
    So., Wyckoff: 6 times (including one tie)
    Fr., Traylor: 8 times
    Fr., Sutton: 1 time
    Sr., Gracey: 3 times
    Sr., Robinson: 3 times
    Sr., Davidson: 1 time

    TURNING IT UP

    Senior guard Jen Robinson has turned it up a notch this season. Not only is she helping her teammates to score with a team-high 4.0 assists per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through 26 games, Robinson had tallied double figures in 17 contests, including a career-high 31 points vs. Georgia Tech. In the first North Carolina game, she scored she scored 18 points. In that game Robinson was unstoppable, shooting 70 percent from the field while also recording six assists and five steals.


    WYCKOFF WAS FLYING HIGH

    Sophomore Brooke Wyckoff went wild at Maryland with a career-high 28 points, leading both teams. She was 9-for-17 from the field and 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Against Wake Forest, she had one of her best overall games of the season. She scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds — both game-highs. It was her sixth double-double of the season. All this plus three steals and two assists and blocks in 35 minutes of play.


    WITH SUCH GRACE

    Senior Tamara Gracey plays with such grace that you don’t know what she’s done in a game until you see the boxscore. Oh so quietly, in 24 starts Gracey has scored in double figures in 15 games and has had seven or more rebounds in 12 games, including a career-high 13 vs. UNC.


    LEADING AT THE BREAK

    Florida State has led at halftime in nine games this season, but has won just six of those games. In the losses, the Seminoles led 44-43 vs. UNC; 33-32 vs. Georgia Tech and 26-23 vs. #12 Clemson. The Tribe has come back to win just one game when they were trailing at the half. That was the season-opener at Tulsa when FSU trailed 34-35.


    LET’S GET PHYSICAL

    FSU has had three starters foul out in five games this season — four were on the road. Against Duke in Durham, Traylor, Coleman and Wyckoff were disqualified. At Georgia, it was Traylor, Davidson and Gracey while at Georgia Tech, Gracey, Davidson and Wyckoff were all out of the game with more than five minutes to play. At UNC and against Georgia Tech, Wyckoff, Traylor and Sutton were eliminated.


    BIG WIN

    Florida State’s 44-point win over Western Carolina ranks ninth among FSU’s Top 10 wins all-time. FSU’s biggest win ever was by 84 points — a 100-16 win over West Florida in the 1975-76 season.


    IS IT BROOKE OR “BLOCK” WYCKOFF?

    Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks with 141, has a team-leading 61 swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.3 per game.


    SHAKIN’ UP THE LINE UP

    With all its injuries, FSU has had eight different lineups this season:


    First seven games:

    Robinson-Traylor-Coleman-Wyckoff-Gracey


    vs. Pepperdine:

    Robinson-Springle-Sutton-Coleman-Wyckoff


    vs. Cal State Fullerton, Western Carolina:

    Robinson-Sutton-Coleman-Wyckoff-Gracey


    seven games from Georgia to Virginia, vs. UVA 2/21:

    Robinson-Traylor-Davidson-Wyckoff-Gracey


    vs. Duke (1/25):

    Robinson-Traylor-Linley-Wyckoff-Gracey


    next four games:

    Robinson-Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Gracey


    vs. Wake Forest (2/15)

    Robinson-Springle–Traylor-Wyckoff-Davidson


    vs. Maryland (2/18)

    Robinson-Linley-Wyckoff-Davidson-Gracey


    SUTTON WAS SOMETHIN’

    Before missing six games with an injury… Angela Sutton had the Seminole fans on their feet in FSU’s 83-74 win over South Florida. The 5-10 rookie guard played 28 minutes off of the bench and recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. But that wasn’t all! Sutton also tallied a game-high six steals in the game and had two assists. She shared rebounding honors with teammate Brooke Wyckoff.


    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff, Angela Sutton, Arleshia Davidson and Tamara Gracey have all recorded double-doubles this season.


    Wyckoff has done it seven times:

    14 points, 10 rebounds vs. FIU

    16 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida

    19 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia

    12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech

    17 points, 11 rebounds vs. Clemson

    21 points, 13 rebounds vs. Wake Forest

    18 points, 10 rebounds vs. Florida


    Coleman did it twice:

    30 points, 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech

    21 points, 10 boards vs. Pepperdine


    Sutton earned the honor off of the bench:

    13 points, 11 rebounds vs. South Florida


    Gracey has a pair:

    11 points, 10 rebounds vs. Wake Forest

    24 points, 13 rebounds vs. UNC


    Davidson has one:

    15 points, 11 rebounds vs. Wake Forest


    HAND CHECK

    A season-high 55 fouls were called in the Florida game, 54 fouls were called in the Long Beach game while 52 fouls were called during the FSU-Duke game in Durham.


    THE CENTURY MARK

    Florida State’s 101 points vs. North Carolina in their first meeting marked the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Tribe had 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. In 1997-98, UNC scored 103 in its win over FSU.


    OVERTIME GAMES

    The Carolina overtime contest was FSU’s first OT game of the season and first since last year’s game vs. Virginia on February 2nd, 1998. In that game, the Tribe fell 76-83 to the Cavaliers. Overall, FSU is 12-6 in overtime games since 1977-78.


    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 12 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.


    GIVE ME THE BALL

    Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more steals than its opponents in 14 games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina.


    SUTTON EARNS ACC ROOKIE

    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.


    TRAYLOR PEGGED ACC ROOKIE

    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.


    WITH ALL HER HEART

    Since Latavia Coleman went down for the season, the Seminoles haven’t been playing totally without her. Each player and coach has placed a garnet-colored heart sticker with the number 30 (Coleman’s number) in gold on their shoes. The hearts symbolize Coleman’s heart and dedication.


    The Seminoles Record When…


    At home: 5-8

    On the road: 2-11

    Neutral sites: 0-0

    vs. ACC: 2-14

    Non-Conference: 5-5

    Home ACC: 2-6

    Road ACC: 0-8

    Shooting 50% or better: 3-2

    Shooting below 50%: 4-17

    Opponent shoots 50% or better: 1-6

    Opponent shoots below 50%: 6-13

    Outrebound opponent: 3-6

    Outrebounded: 3-13

    Rebounds are tied: 1-0

    vs. Top 25 opponents: 0-10

    vs. Top 10 opponents: 0-5

    Leading at halftime: 6-3

    Trailing at halftime: 1-16

    Tied at halftime: 0-0

    In overtime: 0-1

    Playing during the day: 2-4

    Playing at night: 4-16

    November: 2-2

    December: 3-4

    January: 1-8

    February: 1-5

    Monday: 2-4

    Tuesday: 0-0

    Wednesday: 0-1

    Thursday: 2-7

    Friday: 0-1

    Saturday: 2-2

    Sunday: 1-4

    On Television: 1-8


    Longest winning streak: 2

    Longest losing streak: 9

    Largest margin of victory: 44

    Largest margin of defeat: 25



    FOUR BIG SIGNINGS

    FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 8 by Basketball Times and No. 9 by Basketball 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 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 School’s 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.

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