Jan. 6, 2000
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
WNLS SportsRadio AM 1270
Florida State and NC State have met 16 times since the 1991-92 season and the Wolfpack holds a 13-3 series advantage. FSU’s last win over NC State was in the 1993-94 season — a 59-58 victory in Raleigh.
The Seminoles will continue Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 2:00 pm tilt with Virginia on Sunday, January 9th at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
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.
Semrau’s philosophy in rebuilding the Florida State program has been a simple one. Semrau runs her program in such a way where players are treated as people first, students second and athletes third. She is a relationship coach who believes in initiating relationships rather than waiting for others to do so.
After two seasons at the helm of the FSU program, Semrau’s style has been embraced by all who have come in contact with her. She has won the hearts of the Florida State media, fans and most importantly, the student-athletes. Her friendliness and ease with the media have prompted the group to refer to her as the “female Bobby Bowden.” Semrau had such a large response to the first “Lunch with Sue,” last season — a Booster-sponsored biweekly luncheon on campus — that they had to move the event into a larger room for the remainder of the year. And she and her staff secured the nation’s 8th-best recruiting class according to several national publications.
From day one of her reign, Semrau emphasized a need to build consistency in every facet of the women’s basketball program from when and where the team practices, to where they hold meetings, to what time they eat dinner. With Semrau’s arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole women’s basketball program had had three different head coaches in three years. The 1999-2000 season will be Semrau and her staff’s third year at FSU and their second recruiting class will be entering the picture. FSU should soon begin to reap the benefits of this consistency.
FSU saw dramatic improvements in Semrau’s first season as she led FSU to its most victories since 1992-93 (9-18) and its best ACC record and finish in five years (5-11, 7th), including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent in the 1997-98 season. While hopes were high in 1998-99, a season-ending injury to team-leader Latavia Coleman just 10 games into the year, proved to be devasting for the team, and although very competitive, things didn’t quite fall into place for Semrau and her Seminoles. Coleman is set to return for her senior season along with junior Brooke Wyckoff, who again spent her summer with USA Basketball, this time as a member of the USA World University Games team. They will serve as leaders for a young, but talented group of Seminoles.
FSU Probable starters
|11||G||Angela Sutton||9.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg|
|10||G||Lakesha Springle||3.9 ppg, 1.5 apg|
|21||F||Brooke Wyckoff||10.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg|
|30||F||Latavia Coleman||18.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg|
|44||C||Lauren Bradley||8.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg|
COMING OFF THE BENCH
|12||G||April Traylor||12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.5 apg|
|20||C||Katelyn Vujas||7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg|
|23||G||Shinikki Whiting||5.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg|
|13||C||Levys Torres||3.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg|
|33||G/F||Vanessa Fuchs||1.6 ppg, 0.7 rpg|
|32||G||Molly Beal||3.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg|
|25||G/F||Lako Brown||0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg|
|51||C||Lea Bennett||0.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg|
LAST TIME OUT
The Florida State women’s basketball team had its four-game win streak snapped on Monday night as Wake Forest took a 64-59 victory at Joel Coliseum.
The Seminoles were simply out of sync in the first half and shot just 24 percent from the field, while committing 11 turnovers. FSU led 6-5 at the 15:14 mark but then neither team scored over the next six minutes. Finally, FSU’s Molly Beal nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to put the Tribe up 9-6. After not scoring for over eight minutes themselves, the Demon Deacons scored six straight and took an 11-9 lead with 6:20 remaining. FSU tied the game at 11, but didn’t regain the lead again in the first half as Wake Forest took the 20-18 advantage into the locker room at the halftime break. Brooke Wyckoff was the bright spot for FSU with seven points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes as the Seminoles controlled the boards at 29-20.
The second half started out good for Florida State as the Seminoles opened with a 15-4 run to take a nine-point advantage at 33-24, but no lead seemed to be good enough. The Tribe maintained a lead of at least four points until Wake Forest closed in at 43-41 with 6:52 to play. The Seminoles again went up by seven two more times but the Deacons kept fighting back. Wake Forest took their first lead at 56-55 with 2:00 left but FSU responded with a quick basket. However, the Deacons took the lead for good on two free throws with 1:16 to go. FSU had to foul down the stretch and Wake hit four straight shots from the charity stripe for the five-point win.
Freshman Lauren Bradley led FSU with 12 points while Angela Sutton also tallied double figures with 10. Wyckoff ended the night with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds while senior leading scorer Latavia Coleman was held to a season-low five points. FSU shot a season-low 33 percent from the field, but did outrebound the Deacons 47-36. FSU’s woes from the free throw line continued with a 16-for-26 performance.
LAST YEAR VS. THE WOLFPACK
GAME ONE: Despite a season-high 19 points from Tamara Gracey and 17 points from April Traylor, the Florida State Seminoles fell 65-54 to North Carolina State at the Leon County Civic Center on Jan. 4th.
Down just three at 21-18 with 6:04 to play in the first half, Florida State failed to score for the remainder of the half as the Wolfpack ran off eight unanswered points to take a 29-18 lead at the break. In the second half, FSU scored the first four points to cut the NC State lead to seven, but then allowed the Wolfpack to score eight of the nine next points to take a double digit advantage. NC State’s biggest lead was 19 points three different times. Trailing 57-38, FSU went on a run of its own and scored nine straight to pull within nine. FSU got to as close as eight points at 61-53 with 1:06 to play, but was forced to foul. The Wolfpack hit its two shots from the charity stripe and a quick layup game them a 12-point advantage. Traylor hit a free throw with five seconds to play to close the game.
For NC State, Summer Erb scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Tynesha Lewis also had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
GAME TWO: April Traylor scored 20 points, but the Seminoles fell 84-59 To NC State on February 4th at Reynolds Coliseum.
FSU started the game off strong and were patient on offense with balanced scoring as six different players scored the first 13 points for the Tribe. FSU led 20-16, but the Wolfpack went on a 10-0 run before Traylor hit a 10-foot jumper to end the scoring drought to make the score 26-22. The Seminoles could not contain NC State’s Summer Erb, who scored 17 first half points, and then the Wolfpack got hot from beyond the arc, hitting two straight treys to pull ahead 34-24. FSU missed key free throws in the final minutes of the first half, going 2-for-6 from the line, including missing two front ends of one and bonus opportunities, and went into the lockerroom trailing 40-30.
In the second half, NC State scored the first five points to take its largest lead at 15, but the Tribe responded, scoring seven straight to pull within single digits at 45-37. The Seminoles continued to struggle offensively as NC State built a 20-point lead on a 22-10 run to make the score 67-47 with 7:45 to play. Florida State could get no closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
FIRST RANKED OPPONENT OF THE SEASON
NC State will be FSU’s first ranked opponent of the season.
SRINGLE LIKELY TO START
Lakesha Springle will likely start in place of April Traylor tonight. Traylor rolled her ankle and missed the final minutes of the Wake Forest game. She did not practice on Tuesday, but did practice on Wednesday and has been cleared for action tonight.
ON THE RUN
FSU had big runs to open the second halves of the St. John’s and FIU games. Against the Red Storm, the Tribe had a 10-0 start while against FIU, the Seminoles ran off 11 unanswered points.
FSU’s four-game win streak was the program’s longest win streak since the 1991-92 season. That year, FSU defeated Northern Illinois, FAMU, Florida Atlantic and Oral Roberts before ending the season with a loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles finished 17-11 in 1991-92 – which also marks the last time FSU had a winning season.
Florida State’s win over Florida International not only snapped a two-game losing streak to the Golden Panthers, but the Sun & Fun tournament title also gave the Seminoles some sweet revenge. FIU won FSU’s tournament in both 1997-98 and 1998-99.
Latavia Coleman, who averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds through the two games at the FIU Sun & Fun Classic, earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors while Brooke Wyckoff was named to the All-Tournament Team with averages of 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.
COLEMAN EARNS SECOND ACC HONOR
Latavia Coleman’s MVP performance at the FIU Sun & Fun Classic earned the senior her second ACC Player of the Week honor this season. She averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and had her first double-double of the season.
Latavia Coleman recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. St. John’s. Coleman is the first player to record a double-double this season.
OUR KIND OF TOWN — CHICAGO IS!
The Seminoles won their two games in Chicago by a margin of 23 points and outrebounded their opponents by an average of 19.5 boards. Everyone, who was able, saw action in both games.
VUJAS HAD RAMBLERS’ NUMBER
Freshman Katelyn Vujas had her best game of the season with 18 points and eight rebounds vs. Loyola. The rookie center shot 82 percent from the field on 9-11 and her eight boards tied for team honors. Vujas made the start vs. Chicago State in place of Lauren Bradley, who was ill, and again scored in double figures with 12 points.
Florida State’s 102 points vs. Loyola was the first time the Tribe has reached the century mark this season and 21st time in the program’s history. FSU did it last year in its 112-101 overtime loss to North Carolina. The Seminoles nearly reached the plateau earlier this season with 99 points vs. Oakland.
SEASON SUPERLATIVES ALL IN ONE GAME!
FSU shot a season-high 59 percent vs. Loyola and had its largest margin of victory this season at 32 points. The Tribe outrebounded the Ramblers by 24 — also a season-high.
TORRES TEARS IT UP
Junior newcomer Levys Torres grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to lead all FSU players vs. Chicago State. Torres played 21 minutes off of the bench and added five points to her effort.
Junior starter Brooke Wyckoff, who broke the pinky finger on her right hand in practice on Nov. 4th and had pins surgically placed to repair the injury, made her season-debut against the Gators. She scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes of play off of the bench. She also had two assists, a block and a steal.
Wyckoff seems to be getting back to form. She re-entered the starting lineup vs. Loyola and has scored in double figures in three of the last five games.
DISHIN’ IT OUT
Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.5 assists per game leads the team and is among the leaders in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 ppg, recorded a career-high nine assists in the Chicago State game.
CAN’T STOP COLEMAN
Latavia Coleman came back to the court this season on a mission! She not only leads the team in scoring, but is among the leaders in the ACC as well. She has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games, including a season-high 32 in the season-opener vs. Tulsa.
REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL
Florida State has added height to its roster this season and it is paying off in the rebounding department. FSU has outrebounded its opponent in seven of 11 games this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:
|Chicago State||48-33||+15||Torres 9|
|St. John’s||45-47||-2||Coleman 11|
|Wake Forest||47-36||+9||Wyckoff 11|
FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Sophomore April Traylor hit a career-high four three-pointers against Florida as the Tribe (5-16) outshot the Lady Gators (4-7) from three point land.
SECOND HALF TEAM?
Against Oakland, Mercer, Loyola and St. John’s, FSU had amazing shooting performances in the second half. FSU shot 63 percent against Loyola (24-38) and Mercer (20-32) while against Oakland, the Seminoles shot 62 percent on 23-for-37. In the St. John’s game, FSU went 12-of-20 for 60 percent. The Tribe also committed a season-low 13 turnovers against Oakland.
The Tribe was within two points with under two minutes to play against Florida, but had to foul down the stretch which created the final eight-point deficit. Eight points is the closest FSU has played UF since the 81-78 loss back in 1992-93.
THE SUTTON-TRAYLOR SHOW
The guard duo of Angela Sutton and April Traylor put on a show in the second half of the Mercer game. The two combined for 25 of FSU’s 49 second half points and went 10-16 from the field.
SEMINOLES FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Florida State has three players on its roster from the state of Florida, including two current starters. Vanessa Fuchs hails from Pompano Beach, freshman Shinikki Whiting, the 1999 Miss Florida Basketball and state Class 5A player of the year is from Clearwater and freshman Lauren Bradley, the state Class 6A player of the year and runner up to Whiting for Miss Florida Basketball, is from Lake Mary. All three have started for FSU this season.
THE STARTING LINE-UP
Florida State has had seven different starting lineups so far this season.
|St. John’s||Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff- Bradley-Coleman|
SUTTON HAS CAREER HIGH
Sophomore Angela Sutton was unstoppable in the second half of the Oakland game. The guard scored 15 of her career-high 19 points in the second half. She added five rebounds, five steals and three assists to her effort.
WHITING WOWS ‘EM
After starting the first two games of the season, Shinikki Whiting came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points and helped the Seminoles overcome a 17-point deficit to defeat Oakland, 99-90. Whiting also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
SPRINGLE SPRINGS IT ON ‘EM
Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle not only scored a career-high 16 points against Oakland, but the total was the first time in her career that she has scored in double digits and she doubled her previous high of eight points vs. USF last year.
COLEMAN EARNS SEASON’S FIRST ACC HONOR
Latavia Coleman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, November 22, after leading the Seminoles to victory in their season-opener.
Coleman scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in FSU’s 77-70 win over visiting Tulsa. Coleman shot 80 percent from the field on 12-of-15 shooting, 62 percent from the free throw line on 8-of-13 and added a block and a steal to her nine rebounds in 33 minutes. The 32 points marks the third time in her career that Coleman has scored 30 or more points in a game. She did it twice last year with 30 vs. No. 3 La. Tech and 38 vs. No. 8 North Carolina.
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.
RADIO SCHEDULE FEATURES 10 GAMES
Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM
WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 10 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.
The radio schedule is as follows:
|Nov. 19||Tulsa||7:00 p.m.|
|Nov. 26||UT Chattanooga||8:00 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||at Mercer||7:00 p.m.|
|Dec. 7||Florida||7:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 6||NC State||7:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 9||Virginia||2:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 20||at North Carolina||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 3||Wake Forest||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 17||at Georgia Tech||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 24||at Duke||7:00 p.m.|
ON THE TUBE
Florida State will have seven regular-season games televised this season.
SUN – Tom Block and Debbie Antonelli
RSN – Dave Johnson and Debbie Antonelli (Sunday games)
Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli (Monday games)
|Dec. 7||FLORIDA (SUN)||7:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 12||at Maryland (SUN)||7:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 16||GEORGIA TECH (RSN)||12:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 24||DUKE (RSN)||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 27||CLEMSON (SUN)||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 13||MARYLAND (RSN)||12:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 22||NORTH CAROLINA (SUN)||7:00 p.m.|
ACC PRESEASON POLL
|1. North Carolina||320|
|2. NC State||302|
|5. Georgia Tech||192|
|7. FLORIDA STATE||110|
|9. Wake Forest||64|
The Seminoles Record When…
|On the road:||4-2|
|Shooting 50% or better:||2-0|
|Shooting below 50%:||5-4|
|Opponent shoots 50% or better:||1-1|
|Opponent shoots below 50%:||6-3|
|Rebounds are tied:||0-0|
|vs. Top 25 opponents:||0-0|
|vs. Top 10 opponents:||0-0|
|Leading at halftime:||5-1|
|Trailing at halftime:||1-3|
|Tied at halftime:||1-0|
|Playing during the day:||1-0|
|Playing at night:||6-4|
|Longest winning streak:||4|
|Longest losing streak:||2|
|Largest margin of victory:||32|
|Largest margin of defeat:||10|
13 pts, 11 rbs vs. St. John’s
30 or more points
32 vs. Tulsa
20 or more points
28 vs. UT Chattanooga
22 vs. Florida
21 vs. South Florida
26 vs. Florida
20 vs. Loyola
21 vs. Oakland