April 9, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team held its team banquet on Sunday in celebration of the many accomplishments of the 2000-01 season. Several players were cited for excellence in many categories, but it was senior Brooke Wyckoff who walked away with the squad’s Most Valuable Player Award.
“To properly explain the importance of the Most Valuable Player Award, I thought I would try to define it first,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Valuable – according to Webster’s, means of great importance, having admirable or esteemed qualities or characteristics. It’s no secret, this year’s recipient definitely fits this description. When we go out recruiting, we are not only looking for quality players, but quality people. We hit the jackpot with this one.”
Statistically, Wyckoff leaves her mark at Florida State in many categories. She’s 1st all-time with 209 blocks, 5th with 804 rebounds, 5th with 189 steals, 7th at 7.4 rebounds per game and 8th with 1,350 points. This season, she was among the team and ACC leaders in scoring, rebounding, free throw shooting, blocks and steals. She earned first team All-ACC honors, ACC All-Defensive Team honors, was named a Kodak District All-American, a Women’s Basketball News Service Second Team All-American and was a winner of the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship. As a two-time team captain, she’s been a solid leader and has proudly represented Florida State with her USA Basketball experience.
“Whether she’s your daughter, your sister, your teammate, your player, your friend – she’s someone to be proud of, both on and off the basketball court,” Semrau said. Our Most Valuable Player is Brooke Wyckoff.”
Wyckoff was also honored for free throw excellence. This season, FSU’s free throw shooting, as a team, saw a dramatic improvement and Wyckoff was a big reason why. She not only led the team, shooting 78 percent from the free throw line, but she ranked fourth in the ACC and because of her, Florida State, as a team, ranked third in the ACC, shooting 70 percent from the free throw line. Wyckoff connected on 98 of 125 free throw attempts and hit six or more free throws in seven games this season.
Senior Levys Torres also garnered two awards. At 6-4, Torres was the tallest player on this year’s squad. She earned both the defensive excellence award and rebounding excellence award.
“It’s one thing to be big,” Semrau said. “It’s another thing to play big. This season, Levys Torres definitely played big. Not only was she a force in rebounding, but defensively, her presence in the middle wreaked all kinds of havoc for our opponents.”
Torres was among the team leaders this season with 21 blocks and 26 steals and with her help, the Seminoles held their opponents to just 66 points per game and 41 percent shooting from the field. She averaged a double-double this season at 10.8 points and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds per game. She had nine double-doubles, hit double-digit rebounds in 15 games and led the team in rebounding 21 times. She was also among the ACC leaders, ranking third overall in rebounds per game and first in defensive rebounds per game.
“Imagine scoring 24 points in a game,” Semrau said. “Now imagine adding 24 rebounds to those 24 points. It is almost unimaginable and that’s because, until this season, it had never been done at Florida State. Enter Levys Torres, who set a new FSU record with 24 rebounds in the Coppin State game. At 6-4, Levys was the tallest member of our team this season and she put every inch to work in every game. ”
Senior Vanessa Fuch’s, who along with Wyckoff, was honored as a team captain, was also cited for service excellence and academic excellence. Fuchs, a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection, garnered her fourth-straight Golden Torch Award for the top academic student-athlete for women’s basketball. She has maintained a 3.86 GPA in Media Productions. Fuchs has also been instrumental in coordinating community service, not only for herself, but for the women’s basketball team as well. She served as Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council this year.
“There are so many demands on today’s student-athlete,” Semrau said. “Being able to balance everything is truly an accomplishment. Vanessa Fuchs, this year’s recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, has not only been able to balance academics and athletics, but she has excelled in doing so. In our program, the service award is as important as the most valuable player award and Vanessa has been a shining example of the importance of giving back to our community.”
Wyckoff and junior April Traylor were each recognized for reaching a milestone in scoring. Both players reached the 1,000-point mark this season. Wyckoff came into the season with 897 points and reached the 1000-point plateau in the St. Francis game on Dec. 17th. She finished her career with 1,350 career points which ranks 8th on FSU’s all-time scoring list. Traylor began the season with 672 points and with 13 points at Maryland, surpassed the 1,000 point mark. She now has 1,139 career points.