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Women’s Basketball At Home For Thanksgiving

Nov. 24, 1999

Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic
Friday-Saturday, November 26-27, 1999
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center

Classic Schedule

Oakland vs. Xavier 6 p.m.
Florida State vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga 8 p.m.

Consolation Game 6 p.m.
Championship Game 8 p.m.

For the Record

1999-2000 Record – 1-1
1998-99 Record – 7-20
Starters R/L – 3/2


School Record – 17-39/3rd
Career Record – same

1999-2000 – 3-0
1998-99 Record – 10-17
Starters R/L – 3/2


School Record – 13-17/3rd
Career Record – 213-73/12th


“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.


1999-2000: 2-0
1998-99 Record: 24-9
Starters R/L: 4/1

School Record: 68-51/5th
Career Record: 96-77/7th

1999-2000: 2-1
1998-99 Record: 14-13
Starters R/L: 3/2

School Record: 36-21/3rd
Career Record: 66-69/6th

vs. UT-Chattanooga: Florida State trails 1-2 in the series with the Lady Mocs:
1982-83: FSU 94-77 (N)
1993-94: UTC 86-85 (A)
1995-96: UTC 60-58 (H)
vs. Oakland: First meeting
vs. Xavier: First meeting


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, a senior from Macon, Georgia, scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in FSU’s 77-70 win over visiting Tulsa on Friday. 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 of play. 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.


Junior starter Brooke Wyckoff broke the pinky finger on her right hand practice on Nov. 4th and had pins surgically placed to repair the injury. Wyckoff, from West Chester, Ohio, will be held out of practice for 3-fo-6 weeks.

Wyckoff is a two-year starter for Florida State and was second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game and first on the squad in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game last season. The 6-1 junior was a starter on the USA Basketball World University Games Team this past summer and led the squad in rebounding at 7.0 rpg.


Champions: Florida International
Runners-up: Florida State
MVP: Zuzana Michalcova, FIU
Sunday, Nov. 22:
FIU 79, Kent State 54, FSU 94, Long Beach State 64
Monday, Nov. 23:
Kent State 86, Long Beach State 66, FIU 75, FSU 62

Champions: Florida International
Runners-up: Florida State
MVP: Gergana Branzova, FIU
Friday, Dec. 5:
FIU 83, Georgia 68, FSU 72, Charleston Southern 51
Saturday, Dec. 6:
Georgia 97, Charleston Southern 61, FIU 66, FSU 63


Latavia Coleman and Brooke Wyckoff each earned Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic All-Tournament Team honors last year. Coleman averaged 16.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg while Wyckoff averaged 17.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg.

Seminoles fall at South Florida

Despite 21 strong points from senior Forward Latavia Coleman, the Seminoles fell 84-74 to South Florida Monday night at the Sun Dome. The win was the first for USF over the Seminoles since the 1977-78 season. FSU had won 21 consecutive in the series and brought a 32-2 series lead into the game. With the loss, FSU falls to 1-1 on the year while USF improves to 2-0.

Monica Echeverria and Shannon Layne scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the upset. Echeverria, a two-time junior college All-American at Florida Commmunity College, was 8-of-10 from the field and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Layne’s night included 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Denetrice Stinson and Charmain Leslie joined the pair in double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

USF moved out in front early using six points from Leslie to build a 16-6 lead with 13:30 left in the first half. The Bulls enjoyed a comfortable cushion throughout the half due mainly to 51.6 percent shooting from the field and 15 FSU turnovers. USF led by as many as 15 at 36-21 when Layne hit a three-pointer with 3:59 left.

FSU closed the half with field goals from April Traylor and Latavia Coleman to pull within 40-29 at intermission.

The Seminoles came back in the second half and a Katelyn Vujas jumper at 14:34 cut USF’s advantage to four at 48-44. Layne scored five consecutive points including a three-pointer with 11:39 left to return the lead back to double digits. Leslie’s layup capped a 7-0 run and USF led 59-47. But FSU came back again and a three-pointer from Vanessa Fuchs cut the deficit to 74-70 with 2:32 left. The Bulls hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:58 to seal the win.

Coleman was the only Seminole in double figures as Traylor had nine points and Lauren Bradley added nine.


Junior newcomer Levys Torres has been loading up on the rebounds. Through two games, she is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game which ranks second on the team and first among nonstarters. She grabbed eight rebounds in 15 minutes of play vs. Tulsa and had a team-high seven (tied with Bradley) in 12 minutes of play vs. South Florida.

Senior Latavia Coleman leads all players with 32 strong points.

Florida State senior Latavia Coleman scored a game-high 32 points as she led the Seminoles to a 77-70 victory over Tulsa in the season-opener for both schools on Friday at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

The Seminoles built a lead of as many as 12 points at 24-12 with eight minutes to play in the first half, but the Golden Hurricane made a run and cut the FSU advantage to just three points at 29-26. The Tribe went into the lockerroom with a 35-30 lead.

Tulsa came out on fire in the second half with a 10-0 run to take a five-point lead at 40-35. With 12:58 remaining, Coleman tied the game at 45-45 with a layup and freshman Lauren Bradley gave the Seminoles the lead for good on their next possession. Bradley’s layup started an 11-0 Florida State run and the Tribe went on to lead by as many as 18 points at 71-53 with just over three minutes remaining. The Golden Hurricane rallied to outscore FSU 17-6 in the final minutes, but FSU came away with the seven-point victory.

Bradley and Coleman shared team honors in rebounding with nine apiece, helping the Seminoles to a 48-36 advantage on the boards. Junior newcomer Levys Torres contributed eight rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Sophomore April Traylor also tallied double figures with 15 points.


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.


It seems April Traylor has Tulsa’s number. The sophomore guard tallied double digits for the second straight year vs. the Golden Hurricane. She had 15 in last Friday’s win and a team-high 23 in last year’s opener.


Florida State outrebounded Tulsa in fine fashion, 48-36. Latavia Coleman had nine as did freshman Lauren Bradley while newcomer Levys Torres added eight boards in just 15 minutes of play.


Senior Latavia Coleman returns to the court with game-high 23 points in 78-73 Seminole win.

In her first game since December 21, 1998, Florida State senior forward Latavia Coleman led all scorers with 23 points and added eight rebounds in the Seminoles’ 78-73 win over the Mississippi All Stars in front of 523 fans at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Florida State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held the All Stars scoreless until the 13:05 mark of the first half. The Seminoles built a 13-point advantage at 25-12 off of a layup by sophomore guard April Traylor, who had 10 first half points and 18 for the game. Three-point shooting and strong rebounding allowed the All Stars to pull within four points at 31-27 with 2:32 left in the first half, but FSU rallied for six straight unanswered points and went into the locker room with a 37-27 halftime lead.

The All Stars got to within three points, its closest margin of the game, when they scored the first seven points of the second half. The FSU lead remained single digits until the 6:07 mark, when a layup by Coleman started a 10-0 run for the Tribe, giving the Seminoles a 72-54 advantage. The All Stars, however, went on a run of their own in the final two minutes of the contest. Trailing by 17 at 78-61, the All Stars closed out the game with 12 straight points.

Freshman Lauren Bradley recorded a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Angela Sutton came off the bench to contribute 11 points. Freshman Katelyn Vujas added eight rebounds, sparking FSU with seven boards in seven minutes of play in the first half.

Freshman Lauren Bradley’s team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds sparks team.

Led by freshman Lauren Bradley’s team-leading 19 points and eight rebounds, the Florida State women’s basketball team cruised to a 79-55 victory over Slovan Bratislava in exhibition action.

It took Florida State a few minutes to get things going in the game as the Seminoles found themselves down by five points twice in the game’s first six minutes. Trailing 4-9, the Tribe ran off eight straight points, by four different players, to take a three-point lead. On their next possession, Slovan hit a three to tie the game and a steal and a layup put them ahead by two at the 8:27 mark of the first half, but it would be their final advantage of the game. FSU outscored Slovan 18-8 the rest of the half and went into halftime leading 30-22. The Tribe was paced by sophomore guard Angela Sutton’s eight points and six steals in the first 20 minutes.

The Seminoles came out on fire in the second half, going on a 10-1 run to take a 17 point advantage at 40-23 with 17:05 remaining. Slovan pulled to within 13 points around the eight minute mark, but Florida State did not let up. A three-point basket by freshman Molly Beal put the Seminoles up by 20 at 65-45 with just over five minutes to play and FSU led by as least that many until its final 24-point margin. Bradley, who had seven points in 11 minutes of play in the first half, was unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. The Lake Mary, Fla., native scored 12 points and grabbed all eight of her rebounds in the second half. Senior Latavia Coleman contributed 13 points while Sutton finished the game with 12. Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle added 10 strong points off of the bench while sophomore guard April Traylor had 10 assists.

Florida State shot 51 percent for the game and outrebounded Slovan 47-31 after being outrebounded by two boards at halftime.


Lauren Bradley 14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
April Traylor 13.0 ppg, 7.0 apg
Latavia Coleman 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Angela Sutton 11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Lakesha Springle 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg
Shinikki Whiting 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Levys Torres 4.0 ppg, 4 rpg ( one game)
Katelyn Vujas 3.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Molly Beal 3.5 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Lea Bennett 0.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg


Latavia Coleman looked as if she’d never been injured when she stepped onto the court vs. the Mississippi All Stars. Coleman scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Only April Traylor played more minutes with 32.


Sophomore guard Angela Sutton, who got the start against Slovan Bratislava, recorded a career-high eight steals in the game. Sutton’s actual career high in steals is seven in last season’s finale vs. Duke.


Rookie Lauren Bradley seemed to have no fear in exhibition action. The Lake Mary, Fla., native who earned Class 6A Player of the Year honors recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Mississippi All Stars and then led all FSU players with 19 points in the Slovan win. She earned starts in both contests.


The Seminoles shot an impressive 51 percent from the field in the Slovan win and recorded an impressive 21 steals in the game.


Florida State has much greater depth than in recent years, therefore, more players will be seeing more playing time. In the two exhibition games, everyone who was available to play did play. In the first game, 11 players saw action and seven of them saw 13 minutes or more. In the second exhibition, 12 players saw time with nine of them seeing 14 or more minutes.

Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM

WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 11 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 Internet users can link to the site from the women’s basketball page at, 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. 27 Seminole Classic Game 2 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.


Florida State will have seven regular-season games televised this season. The schedule:

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.


1. North Carolina 320
2. NC State 302
3. Virginia 260
4. Duke 208
5. Georgia Tech 192
6. Clemson 166
8. Maryland 88
9. Wake Forest 64

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