Feb. 23, 2000
Thursday, February 24, 2000 – 7:00 p.m.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
WNLS Sportsradio AM 1270
Duke holds a 13-5 series advantage over Florida State. The series dates back to the 1991-92 season, when FSU joined the ACC. The Seminoles won five out of the first six contests, but have not beaten the Blue Devils since the 1993-94 season.
|1999-2000 Record||11-14, 4-10|
|1999-2000 Record||22-4, 11-2|
Florida State will conclude the regular season with a road game at Clemson on Sunday, February 27th at 2 p.m.
FSU Probable starters
|11||G||Angela Sutton||7.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg|
|12||G||April Traylor||13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg|
|21||F||Brooke Wyckoff||11.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg|
|30||F||Latavia Coleman||16.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg|
|20||C||Katelyn Vujas||7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg|
COMING OFF THE BENCH
|13||C||Levys Torres||3.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg|
|44||C||Lauren Bradley||7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg|
|10||G||Lakesha Springle||2.9 ppg, 1.5 apg|
|32||G||Molly Beal||3.7 ppg, 0.0 rpg|
|33||G/F||Vanessa Fuchs||1.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg|
|25||G/F||Lako Brown||0.8 ppg, 0.6 rpg|
|51||C||Lea Bennett||1.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg|
|23||G||Shinikki Whiting||3.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg|
* did not travel
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.
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State trailed just 53.6 seconds and shot 56 percent for the game but fell 78-74 to North Carolina, in the Seminoles’ final home game of the season. April Traylor led FSU, now 11-14 and 4-10, with 19 points while ACC leading-scorer LaQuanda Barksdale paced the Tar Heels, who improved to 15-11 and 7-8, with a game-high 26 points.
With the exception of two ties, the Seminoles led the entire first half behind 10 first half points from Latavia Coleman. It was a half of spurts, mostly for the Seminoles Florida State broke an early 2-2 tie with seven straight points to take a 9-2 lead at the 16:26 mark. North Carolina cut the FSU lead to three at 13-10 when the Tribe ran off eight straight points to take its largest lead of 11 at 21-10 with 11:14 remaining. But then it was the Tar Heels’ turn. UNC outscored the Seminoles 13-2 over the next six minutes to force the game’s second tie at 23-23 at the 5:39 mark. FSU responded again with eight unanswered points to go up 31-23. But North Carolina clawed its way back once again and trailed by just one at 36-35 at the break. The Seminoles outrebounded UNC 22-16 and edged the Heels in shooting 47 percent to 44 percent. Barksdale led all scorers with 14 points.
The Seminoles started the second half scoring the first four points to pull ahead by five. With the exception of two early ties and one brief lead change, the Seminoles again led the entire half until 43.6 seconds left to play. With two straight buckets by Lauren Bradley, FSU took its largest lead of the second half at 63-55 with 7:05 remaining. However, the final four minutes were too close for comfort as the point spread was four points or less. UNC’s Nikki Teasley gave the Tar Heels just their second lead of the game at 75-74 with two free throws at 43.6 seconds on the clock. Teasley put the Heels up by three with two more from the charity stripe and with 4.2 seconds left, FSU’s Lakesha Springle was fouled while attempting a three-pointer. Springle missed the first two and intentionally missed the third, but UNC got the ball and Barksdale was fouled. She hit the second of two attempts, giving UNC the 78-74 win.
“Florida State is really tough,” UNC Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “They don’t quit, they work hard and they believe in themselves. I am sure they will give it all they have at the ACC Tournament.”
Seminole senior co-captain Latavia Coleman echoed that thought.
“It’s one game and you’re out,” Coleman said. “We have to go into the tournament and take care of business.”
Coleman and Bradley also tallied double figures for the Tribe with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Brooke Wyckoff paced the Seminoles, who outrebounded UNC 35-34, with eight rebounds. UNC’s Nikki Teasley had 21 points while Juana Brown added 13.
“It was a heartbreaker,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “They played their hearts out and I am very proud of them.”
THE LAST TIME VS. THE BLUE DEVILS
It went down to the wire, but No. 9 Duke escaped Tallahassee and FSU with a 59-54 victory in ACC women’s basketball action Monday night. Latavia Coleman led the Seminoles with 13 points while Peppi Browne led the charge for Duke with 18 points.
The Seminoles had a slow start against the Duke Blue Devils. Duke began the scoring with the first nine points of the ball game. Coleman started things off for the Noles, with a bucket at the 17:51 mark. Trailing 11-2, the Seminoles scored six straight points, to pull within three at 13:25. Duke, however, responded with an 8-0 run of its own to go ahead by 11. The Tribe cut the Duke lead to 23-15 with 4:44 to play, but the Blue Devils went up by 13 twice in the half’s final three minutes and took a 30-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half started out slow again for the Seminoles, but that would quickly change. Brooke Wyckoff was held scoreless in the first half, but scored nine second half points and was instrumental in FSU’s comeback. Down by 12 points at 35-23, the Tribe scored 15 of the game’s next 17 points and took its first lead of the contest. Wyckoff began the FSU scoring run with a three point shot at 17:19 bringing the Seminoles within nine points. It was another Wyckoff three pointer that gave the Seminoles a one-point lead at 38-37 with 14:26 to play. The Noles held on to their lead while gaining a five-point advantage on the Blue Devils at 44-39. Duke did not back down and was able to regain the lead with a 10-0 run, giving the Blue Devils a 49-44 lead at the 8:04 mark. This was not a game that FSU would give up easily. Despite falling behind by six, the Seminoles fought back to tie the game at 54-54 on a layup by Coleman with 1:35 left. An FSU turnover and foul allowed Duke to score the last five points of the game.
Wyckoff led the Tribe in rebounding with eight boards while Katelyn Vujas added 10 points. FSU shot 40 percent from the field to the Blue Devils’ 38 percent.
THE LAST TIME FSU BEAT A RANKED OPPONENT
The last time FSU beat a ranked opponent was Jan. 12, 1993 when the Seminoles defeated #3 Maryland, 68-61, in Tallahassee.
BRADLEY’S BACK … FINALLY!
Freshman Lauren Bradley returned to the court at Virginia on February 10th after missing more than a month of action. She is starting to get back to form and has scored in double figures the past two games on 9-13 (69 percent) shooting from the field.
BOMBS AWAY FOR BROOKE
Brooke Wyckoff scored a season-high 22 points, including 7 of 8 from the free throw line and 3-for-3 from three-point land, in FSU’s win at Georgia Tech. It was a career-high in three-pointers for the junior.
FSU’s win at Georgia Tech gave the Seminoles a sweep of the Yellow Jackets this season. FSU recorded two sweeps in the 1997-98 season — over Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.
SECOND HALF TEAM?
The Seminoles shot a season-high 65 percent in the second half of the Georgia Tech game in Atlanta. The Tribe has had some success in the second half of games this season. 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.
WHEN TRAILING AT HALF…
The Georgia Tech game in Atlanta marked just the second time this season that FSU has won a game after trailing at halftime. The Tribe was down 34-30 at Tech and came back for the 77-74 victory. The other time was against Oakland, when FSU was down 46-41 and exploded for the 99-90 win.
FSU is becoming a three-point shooting team. The Seminoles were 5-for-9 from three-point land in both Georgia Tech wins. Four different players hit treys in the first game … including junior Lako Brown. It was her first career three pointer! In the second game with Tech, Brooke Wyckoff hit a career-high three treys.
FSU hit a season-high seven three’s in the first UVA game. The Seminoles have hit five or more three’s in a game six times this season. Last year, FSU hit 63 three-pointers for the year. The Tribe already has 74 on the year with at least four games remaining.
APRIL FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
Since going 1-for-9 from the free throw line at NC State, sophomore April Traylor has gone 15-for-16 (94 percent) in the last four games, including a perfect 8-for-8 in the Georgia Tech game.
FSU AND FREE THROWS
After having its best game from the line at Georgia Tech, FSU had its worst outing of the season going 5-for-12 vs. UNC for 42 percent. The Tribe had a season-high 86 percent (18-21) showing at Georgia Tech. FSU’s previous season-high was 80 percent (12-15) in the first game vs. UVA.
GETTING TO THE LINE
With 51 total fouls called in the first UNC game, the Tribe made it to the free throw line 32 times! Seems like a great amount, but not really for the Seminoles. FSU has made 30 or more free throw attempts seven times this season, including a season-high 36 attempts in the season-opener vs. Tulsa. FSU averages 22.0 free throw attempts per game. It’s season-low attempts was 11 vs. Duke.
Florida State has had eight different starting lineups this season. The combination of Traylor-Sutton-Vujas-Wyckoff-Coleman, which has been the starting lineup the past three games, is 3-1 on the season.
SHE REALLY NEEDS TO SHOOT MORE
Latavia Coleman is averaging just 11.9 field goal attempts per game and has just 298 attempts for the season. She is second in scoring in the ACC only to UNC’s LaQuanda Barksdale, who has attempted more than 120 shots (421) than Coleman and has played one more game for an average of 16.2 fga per game.
FSU’s win over Maryland was the fifth time the Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better in a game this season. The Tribe is 4-2 in those games. FSU shot better than 50 percent against both UNC and Clemson, but los.
NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED
Angela Sutton contributed in many ways to the victory over Maryland. The sophomore had nine points and a game-high seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. She also had nine points and four rebounds at UVA.
TURNING IT UP, BUT TURNING IT OVER
The Maryland game was indeed an up-tempo one and unfortunately, that was proven by the turnovers. Both teams committed season-highs in turnovers with FSU recording 32 and the Terps 30.
A TEAM WIN INDEED!
It took everyone to beat the Yellow Jackets the first time around. Five Seminoles hit double figures in FSU’s win over Georgia Tech. The only other time this season that this has happened was in the Oakland game. Everyone who could, played against the Yellow Jackets and 10 of 12 Seminoles scored!
TAY CAN PLAY
Latavia Coleman had another outstanding outing game in FSU’s win over Maryland. She tallied a game-high 20 points and had seven rebounds. In the Tribe’s one-point loss at Maryland, she scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. For the game, she shot 83 percent (10-12) from the field and 89 percent (8-9) from the free throw line.
Latavia Coleman recorded her second double-double of the season at Virginia with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Her first double-double of the season was 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. St. John’s. Brooke Wyckoff earned her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards vs. NC State and had another with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first game vs. Virginia.
The Virginia game was indeed strange. Against the Cavaliers, Latavia Coleman didn’t score until the 1:59 mark of the first half and had just four at haltime, April Traylor did not score in the first half and Brooke Wyckoff didn’t score at all.
Traylor was explosive in the second half with a game-high 19 points in the final 20 minutes.
Coleman responded with her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Wyckoff finished the game scoreless — for the first time in her career.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
The Seminoles got themselves back on the good side of the boards against Wake Forest and have now outrebounded its opponent in four of five straight games. After outrebounding its first five ACC oppponents, FSU was outrebounded it its next four games. Agains the Deacons, however, the Tribe recorded a season-high 55 rebounds and outrebounded them by a margin of 21.
Two of FSU’s ACC wins this season have been by 29 points. The wins mark the second biggest win, by margin, over an ACC opponent. FSU defeated Ga. Tech by 35 points, 88-53, in Coach Semrau’s first season, 1997-98.
WATCH YOUR BACK
The Seminoles rank second in the ACC with a 11.4 steals per game average and is second in blocked shots average at 3.7 swats per game.
TORRES TAKES CONTROL
Levys Torres led all players with 10 rebounds vs. Wake Forest — a season-high for the junior.
SPRINGLE SETS MARK
Lakesha Springle recorded a career-high seven assists in just 15 minutes in the Wake win.
AT THE HALF
FSU is 8-4 when leading at halftime. The Seminoles were leading in the first round vs. Wake Forest, in both North Carolina games and vs. Clemson before falling in the second half.
As a team, FSU has recorded nearly double the blocks than its opponents. The Tribe has 92 swats to its opponents’ 54. Brooke Wyckoff leads the team with 33.
COLEMAN HITS DOUBLE DIGITS
For the third time this season, Latavia Coleman hit the double-digit mark in rebounding. She grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds at Virginia, a team-high 11 boards to lead the team vs. Auburn and had 11 rebounds in the St. John’s game.
Latavia Coleman, who is second in the ACC in scoring at 16.0 points per game, is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage. Coleman is shooting 51 percent from the field (3rd in ACC) overall and is first at 52 percent in ACC games.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK
Let’s take a look at some notables in ACC games …
WYCKOFF TAKES OVER ON THE BOARDS
Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in nine of 14 ACC games. Against Maryland, she was one of three players to lead the team with seven boards while at NC State, she shared team honors with April Traylor with eight. In the other six ACC games, she has led the team outright. She is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game in league action.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
In six of 10 ACC losses, FSU had either been tied, down a point, or up a point around the one-minute mark of the second half.
Brooke Wyckoff is truly an all-around player. Wyckoff has recorded at least one assist, block, steal, rebound and point in 18 of 20 games she’s played in.
APRIL’S GETTING ACCUSTOMED
Sophomore April Traylor is playing point guard this season — a new position for the young Seminole. But she’s catching on. Her 4.8 assists per game ranks second in the ACC. But she’s still a scoring threat. Traylor has led the team in scoring seven times, including a game-high 22 points in the Tribe’s first ACC win of the season. She has scored in double figures in 13 games total, including four games of 22 points or more!
DISHIN’ IT OUT
Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.8 assists per game leads the team and is second in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 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 second in the ACC. She has scored in double figures in 20 of 25 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 14 of 24 games, including nine of 14 ACC games, this season and six 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|
|NC State||33-30||+3||Wyckoff 10|
|Ga. Tech||41-32||+9||Wyckoff 8|
|Duke||35-38||– 3||Wyckoff 8|
|Wake Forest||55-34||+21||Torres 10|
|NC State||38-44||-6||Traylor/Wyk. 8|
|Georgia Tech||34-35||-1||Traylor 6|
IN THE LEAGUE
Here’s where FSU players rank in ACC stats in games overall…
|Latavia Coleman||2nd, 16.0 ppg|
|3rd, .510 FG%|
|T7th, 2.0 steals pg|
|April Traylor||9th, 13.0 ppg|
|2nd, 4.8 assists pg|
|3rd, 2.4 steals pg|
|Brooke Wyckoff||15th, 11.1 ppg|
|10th, 7.0 rpg|
|1st, 1.7 blocks pg|
|T7th, 2.0 steals pg|
|Angela Sutton||5th, 2.2 steals pg|
FSU’s four-game win streak early in the season 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.
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.
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.
THE SUTTON-TRAYLOR SHOW
SEMINOLES FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Florida State has three players on its roster from the state of Florida. 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. Each have started this season.
THE STARTING LINE-UP
Florida State has had eight different starting lineups 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.
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.
Newcomer Todd Van Dyke will provide the play-by-play while former Seminole Liberty Taylor will serve as color analyst for the second straight season.
The remaining radio schedule is as follows:
Feb. 24 at Duke 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|
13 pts, 11 rbs vs. St. John’s
12 pts, 10 rbs vs. UVA
12 pts, 10 rbs vs. NC State
18 pts, 10 rbs vs. Virginia
32 vs. Tulsa
28 vs. UT Chattanooga
22 vs. Florida
23 vs. NC State
22 vs. Georgia Tech
21 vs. South Florida
26 vs. Florida
20 vs. Loyola
28 vs. Maryland
20 vs. North Carolina
21 vs. NC State
20 vs. Maryland
22 vs. Georgia Tech
21 vs. Oakland
The Seminoles Record When…
|On the road:||5-6|
|Shooting 50% or better:||4-2|
|Shooting below 50%:||7-12|
|Opponent shoots 50% or better:||1-3|
|Opponent shoots below 50%:||10-11|
|Rebounds are tied:||0-0|
|vs. Top 25 opponents:||0-5|
|vs. Top 10 opponents:||0-2|
|Leading at halftime:||8-4|
|Trailing at halftime:||2-9|
|Tied at halftime:||1-1|
|Playing during the day:||3-3>|
|Playing at night:||8-11|
|Longest winning streak:||4|
|Longest losing streak:||4|
|Largest margin of victory:||32|
|Largest margin of defeat:||15|