Still fueled by their shortcoming a season ago, the No. 25/24 Florida State women's basketball team is back where it belongs in the NCAA Tournament and the Ivy League champions await in Waco, Texas Sunday night.
Chasity Clayton was also named Sixth Player of the Year
The Seminoles won their fifth straight behind 19 points from Chelsea Davis
The Seminoles were picked to finish sixth and seventh in the conference.
Seminoles.com caught up with the former FSU star as she prepares for her professional career
Photos from Florida State's 64-62 win over Charlotte on Dec. 4 by Mike Olivella.
She sparked the rise of the Florida State women's basketball program as a standout player on the court from 1997 to 2001. Ten years later, Brooke Wyckoff returned to the Seminoles - this time on the bench, joining Sue Semrau's revamped staff for the 2011-12 season.
Three years later the results speak for themselves. In 2013-14, FSU finished 21-12 and reached the NCAA postseason for the ninth time in the last 10 years. A group that was short on depth due to transfers and injuries at the beginning of the season found a way to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament and earn 10 Top 100 RPI wins. Senior forward Natasha Howard emerged as one of the top players in the country, averaging 20.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 59.4 percent shooting.
Wyckoff has been an influential figure in Howard's life both on and off the court, admired because of her personable nature and ability to connect well with her student-athletes. Under Wyckoff's tutelage, Howard had one of the most dominant seasons in school history as a senior, which included averaging 23.3 points and 9.6 rebounds against top-notch ACC competition. Howard was rewarded with the fifth overall selection by the Indiana Fever in the 2014 WNBA Draft, the highest in school history.
In the 2012-13 year, FSU posted a 23-10 record, finished fourth in the ACC and advanced to its eighth NCAA Tournament in nine years. Along the way, Wyckoff, a star forward during her playing career, helped the Seminoles land a school-record and a conference-best three players on the All-ACC First Team, as senior guards Alexa Deluzio and Leo Rodriguez and junior forward Natasha Howard collected honors from the conference office.
Senior forward Chasity Clayton also nabbed ACC Sixth Player of the Year accolades, as Florida State finished in the top 10 nationally in both scoring and field goal percentage. FSU's 74.8 points per game average and .453 shooting percentage were its highest marks in 20 years.
Without a doubt, Wyckoff was one of the greatest Seminoles ever to wear the Garnet and Gold on the hardwood before playing nine seasons in the WNBA. Wyckoff's experience at the professional level has given the Seminoles a rare commodity on the bench.
Along with the immediate credibility her hoops career provides, Wyckoff possesses an amiable personality that has made her an immediate hit on the recruiting trail. Her efforts led the Seminoles to sign one of the nation's top incoming recruiting classes in 2013. Led by four-star McDoanld's All-America center Kai James, the Noles' 2013 signing class features three Top 100 players and ranked as the nation's No. 7 class by All-Star Girls Report and No. 11 by ESPNW HoopGurlz.
Wyckoff's recruiting abilities shone through once again with the 2014 class, signing highly-touted prospects Shakayla Thomas, Chania Ray and Ama Degbeon. The addition of the No. 1 junior college center in the nation, Adut Bulgak, once again provides the `Noles with an abundance of talent moving forward.
Wyckoff also serves as the Seminoles' program's liaison with the FSU academic support staff in addition to her on-court duties.
In her first year back at FSU, Wyckoff, a star versatile forward during her career, helped tutor all-conference forwards Cierra Bravard and Howard. Bravard later signed a professional contract with the WNBA's San Antonio SilverStars and played the 2013 WNBA season with the Seattle Storm. Howard led the ACC in double-doubles in 2012, then set a single-season school record with 15 double-doubles as a senior.
A native of West Chester, Ohio, the talented post/wing was one of the top high school players in the country before signing a National Letter of Intent with FSU in 1997 in what was Semrau's first season in Tallahassee.
In her freshman year, Wyckoff made an immediate impact as she set a single-season record at the time with 80 blocks on her way to earning ACC All-Freshman Team honors. Conference accolades continued to roll in during her next three years with a pair of All-ACC Third Team selections (1999 and 2000) and finally an All-ACC First Team honor as a senior in 2001.
Wyckoff's 1,350 career points is the 14th-most in school history and her 804 rebounds rank seventh. She ranks No. 2 at FSU in career blocks with 209. She averaged 12.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg while starting all 109 games she played in her career.
Perhaps most importantly, Wyckoff was the cornerstone of the Seminoles' first winning season in nine years as the team posted a 19-12 record in 2001 and finished fourth in the ACC. That season culminated in the school's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 10 years and All-America honors for Wyckoff, which was the first national accolade for an FSU women's basketball player since 1993. She capped her career by scoring 14.6 ppg and pulling down 6.6 rpg that final season.
In addition to boasting the honor of being just one of four former 'Noles to have their jerseys' retired, Wyckoff was also an outstanding performer in the classroom. She is the only Seminole to ever earn four All-ACC Academic Women's Basketball Team honors as well as four nods to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
In 2001, she earned an ACC Postgraduate scholarship and was named to the ACC Legends Class of 2010. In 2002, she was named to the 51-member ACC 50th Anniversary Women's Basketball Team.
She also played with the USA Women's Basketball Select Team for three consecutive summers.
In 2011, Wyckoff was inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame and the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame.
Following her senior year, Wyckoff was selected by the Orlando Miracle in the second round of the WNBA Draft. She spent two seasons in Orlando before the team moved to Connecticut where she played another three seasons with the Sun.
She was then selected by the Chicago Sky in the 2006 WNBA Expansion draft and played for that franchise until 2009.
During her nine-year WNBA career, Wyckoff appeared in 242 games.
After concluding her professional basketball career, Wyckoff served as an assistant girls basketball coach at Lakota East High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Wyckoff has one daughter, Avery