Nov. 13, 1997

Florida State Women's Basketball Signs Three

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State women's basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced the signing of three players, including two Street and Smith's honorable mention All-Americans, to National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles next season. Lea Bennett of Windham, Maine (Windham), Angela Sutton of Cleveland, Tennessee (Bradley Central) and April Traylor of Martinsville, Indiana (Martinsville), will wear the garnet and gold in 1998-99.

Bennett, a Street and Smith's honorable mention All-American, averaged 15.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 10.0 blocks per game as a junior as she earned team Most Valuable Player honors for her Windham High School team. The 6-3 center holds career-highs of 28 points, 23 rebounds and 14 blocks. Bennett, who plans to major in marine biology, played for Denise Holmes at Windham and Dale Robertson on her AAU team, the Maine Jazz.

Sutton, a 5-10 guard from Bradley Central High School, averaged 14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 3.5 assists as a junior. A Street and Smith's honorable mention All-American, Sutton, who plays for Paul Cretton at Bradley Central, was a first-team all-state selection last year. She plays for Steve Willis of the Tennessee Elite AAU team and plans to major in sports administration at FSU.

Traylor, who plays for Jan Connor at Martinsville High School, the home of John Wooden, averaged 19.4 points per game and led the team in points, rebounds, steals and assists as a junior on her way to Most Valuable Player honors. The 5-10 shooting guard was a first team all-state pick last season and was also the Bloomington, Indiana Herald Times Player of the Year. She plays for Patrick McKee on the Indiana's Finest Black AAU team.

"I feel like our staff worked really hard in signing one of the best recruiting classes that I've been associated with in 10 years of coaching," Semrau said. "We are very excited about everything that each individual will bring to Florida State. The versatility of each of these players is something that will benefit our system immediately and we are looking for each one of to make an immediate impact. All three come to us from excellent basketball programs. Their coaches are tremendous and have really done a great job in preparing them for the next level of basketball."

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