January 6, 1999
Florida State Seminoles
Take the show on the road once again
FSU Seminoles vs. the #12 Clemson Tigers
Thur., January 7th, 1999 * 7:00 pm
Littlejohn Coliseum * Clemson, S.C.
Listen to the game on SportsRadio AM1270
24 G Jen Robinson 12.2 ppg, 4.2 apg 12 G April Traylor 9.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg 41 F Tamara Gracey 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg 21 F Brooke Wyckoff 13.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg 23 F Arleshia Davidson 6.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg
11 G Angela Sutton 6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg 10 G Val Linley 0.8 ppg, 1.3 apg 33 G/F Vanessa Fuchs 2.8 ppg, 0.9 rpg 00 G Lakesha Springle 2.5 ppg, 1.5 apg 15 G Sandra Ulysse 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg 25 G/F Lako Brown 2.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg 51 C Lea Bennett 1.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg 30 F Latavia Coleman 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
*out for the season
THE SERIES WITH CLEMSON
Tonight’s game will be the 17th meeting between Florida State and Clemson. CU holds a 15-1 advantage and have won 13 straight. The first meeting was in 1980-81 and then the two teams didn’t meet again until 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC.
1998-99 Record: 5-8, 0-4
1997-98 Record: 9-18
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Head Coach Sue Semrau
School Record: 14-26/2nd
Career Record: 14-26/2nd
1998-99 Record: 11-2, 2-2
1997-98 Record: 25-8
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Head Coach Jim Davis
School Record: 244-112/12th
Career Record: 263-120/13th
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 will undergo surgery sometime in January.
SUTTON ALSO OUT FOR A WHILE
Freshman guard Angela Sutton suffered a mid-foot sprain to her right foot in practice on December 26th. She will be out of action at least two more weeks.
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.
WHO’S PICKING UP THE SLACK?
With Coleman out, someone is going to have to make up for her 20.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In the three games since her absence, Brooke Wyckoff has recorded two double-doubles. Tamara Gracey has scored in double figures in all three games, including a season-high 19 points vs. NC State while Davidson, Coleman’s replacement in the lineup, has averaged 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Freshman guard April Traylor, who suffered an injury to her lower right back vs. South Florida, played just nine minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton and did not play at all vs. Pepperdine or Western Carolina. She returned to the lineup vs. Georgia and has averaged 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds over the three games.
LAST YEAR VS. CLEMSON
Clemson nipped the Seminoles 87-84 in Tallahassee. FSU led by as many as nine in the first half, but the game was tied at 38-38 at the half. In the second half, FSU fell behind by 10, but came back to tie the game before falling by three.
Florida State fell by 30 points at Clemson as the Tigers took the 85-55 victory. FSU led 16-14 with 10:24 to play in the first half, but scored just five points the rest of the half, allowing Clemson to take a 43-21 advantage, putting the game out of reach early.
FSU players vs. Clemson last year:
G 1 G 2 Average Wyckoff 18/4 2/6 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg Robinson 6/8 5/0 5.5 ppg, 4.0 apg Coleman 23/4 22/7 22.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg Davidson 6/3 0/5 3.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg Linley 0/1 2/1 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
LAST TIME OUT
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 this evening. With the loss, FSU falls to 5-8 and 0-4 in ACC play while NC State improves to 7-5 and earns its first ACC win to go to 1-2 in the league.
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 were 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.
Gracey added nine rebounds to her 19-point performance to lead the Seminoles. 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. NC State shot 60 percent in the second half on its way to 47 percent shooting for the game. FSU shot 36 percent and was edged in the rebounding department by three boards, 40-37.
GRACEY GETS IT DONE
Tamara Gracey scored a career/season high 19 points vs. NC State and tied her best with nine rebounds vs. the Wolfpack. She played 34 minutes in the game … the most of the season. Gracey is fourth on the team in scoring and first on the squad in free throw shooting at .791.
IN THE LEAGUE
The Seminoles individually are making some noise in the ACC:
15th, 13.4 ppg
4th, 8.2 rpg
2nd, 2.2 bpg
2nd, 2.4 spg
4th, .791 FT%
4th, 4.2 apg
9th, 1.7 spg
T3rd, 2.3 spg
2nd, 20.8 ppg
5th, .547 FG%
9th, 7.0 rpg
According to this week’s rankings, Florida State will face or have faced seven teams who are currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Four ACC teams are ranked, led by No. 6 North Carolina, who FSU took into overtime. Also on FSU’s schedule this season are No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 La. Tech and No. 19 Florida.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL
FSU has had three starters foul out in three games this season. Against Duke, 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. Wyckoff leads the team with 44 fouls.
Five remaining FSU regular-season women’s 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 women’s basketball page on FSU’s 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.
WITH THE WESTERN CAROLINA WIN
With the WCU win, Florida State …
* is 5-5 (.500) at the Christmas break.
* is more than half way to last season’s win total of 9
* has two straight wins for the first time this season
* is 5-3 vs. Non-ACC teams this season
* is 3-3 at home this season
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.
BACK ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE BOARD
FSU has outrebounded its opponent in 6 of 13 of its games this season. The Seminoles largest margin has been 16 vs. Western Carolina, following by 11 rebounds vs. No. 4 Georgia. The most the Tribe has been outrebounded by has been 6 boards, three times.
IS IT BROOKE OR “BLOCK” WYCKOFF?
Wyckoff, FSU’s all-time leader in blocks, has a team-leading 29 swats this season. She ranks second in the ACC at 2.2 per game.
SHAKIN’ UP THE LINEN’ UP
Florida State started the same five players for its first seven games of the season in Coleman, Wyckoff, Robinson, Gracey and Traylor. Traylor’s injury shook things up a bit. FSU started Sutton and Springle in place of Traylor and Gracey vs. Pepperdine. Against Cal State Fullerton and Western Carolina, Gracey returned to the lineup and Sutton got both starts. With the injuries to Coleman and Sutton, the FSU lineup has been Robinson, Traylor, Wyckoff, Davidson and Gracey.
THE LINEUPS QUICKLY:
First seven games:
vs. Cal State Fullerton, Western Carolina:
vs. Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State:
SUTTON HAS BEEN SOMETHIN’
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.
Latavia Coleman, Brooke Wyckoff and Angela Sutton have all recorded double-doubles this season. Coleman scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech and tallied 21 points and 10 boards vs. Pepperdine. Wyckoff has done it four times with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Florida Internationa; 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. South Florida; 19 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia, 12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech. Sutton earned the honor off of the bench with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the South Florida game.
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 4.2 assists per game average, she is doing some of the scoring herself. Through 13 games, Robinson had tallied double figures in 10 contests, including a season-high 18 points vs. No. 8 North Carolina. In that game Robinson was unstoppable, shooting 70 percent from the field while also recording six assists and five steals.
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.
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.
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 12 starts Gracey has scored in double figures in eight games and has had seven or more rebounds in seven games, including a team-high nine vs. Cal State Fullerton and NC State.
GIVE ME THE BALL
Florida State has turned it up defensively and has recorded more steals than its opponents in nine games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 22 steals against Western Carolina. The Tribe and Duke tied with six steals apiece.
The Seminoles have had their share of struggles from the free throw line this season. FSU’s best outing percentage-wise was .800 on 24-of-30 vs. #3 La. Tech, but FSU has missed 10 or more free throws in six games.
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 Seminole starters fouled out of the contest.
WYCKOFF IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Brooke Wyckoff set new highs early this season. Against La. Tech on Nov. 19th, she tied her career-high with 15 rebounds (also vs. FAMU 11/16/97) and against Long Beach State on Nov. 22, 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).
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.
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 wasn’t at all surprised by Florida State’s play. Sue Semrau has them going in the right direction.”
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.
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 publication’s first-ever preview magazine.
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.
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.
The Seminoles Record When…
At home: 3-4
On the road: 2-4
Neutral sites: 0-0
vs. ACC: 0-4
Home ACC: 0-2
Road ACC: 0-2
Shooting 50% or better: 3-1
Shooting below 50%: 2-7
Opponent shoots 50% or better: 1-2
Opponent shoots below 50%: 4-6
Outrebound opponent: 3-3
Rebounds are tied: 1-0
vs. Top 25 opponents: 0-4
vs. Top 10 opponents: 0-3
Leading at halftime: 4-2
Trailing at halftime: 1-6
Tied at halftime: 0-0
In overtime: 0-1
Playing during the day: 2-1
Playing at night: 3-7
On Television: 1-3
Longest winning streak: 2
Longest losing streak: 3 (twice)
Largest margin of victory: 44
Largest margin of defeat: 23
FOUR BIG SIGNINGS
FSU’s fall recruiting class was ranked No. 8 by Basketball Times and 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 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.