GREENSBORO, N.C. – This season there was plenty of buzz surrounding the Florida State women’s basketball team thanks to its “Sweet 16” run in the NCAA Tournament. Now the Seminoles are being lauded for their efforts in the classroom as three student-athletes were named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Basketball Team as announced by the league office on Thursday (June 28).
Florida State tied Maryland for the most honorees as the Seminoles were represented by senior guard Alicia Gladden (Orange Park, Fla.), sophomore guard Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) and senior center Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C.). To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.
“Our philosophy with Florida State women's basketball is person first, student second and athlete third,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I think being among the ACC schools with the most All-Academic Team members for women's basketball is a clear indication that this philosophy is working. We've enjoyed great success on the court, our players are very active in the community and I am just proud of what they are also accomplishing in the classroom.”
This is the second appearance on the All-ACC Academic Team for Gladden, who graduated this spring with a 3.39 GPA in sports management. She also earned her third spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Gladden topped off her career with her second-straight Second-Team All-ACC honor and third selection to the ACC All-Defensive Team. The FSU career leader with 275 steals, she wrapped up her career seventh in Seminole lore with 1,403 points after leading the team at 13.5 points per game.
Majoring in sport management, Freshour goes into her junior season with a 3.53 GPA. This year she stepped into the starting point guard role and flourished with a team-high 33.4 minutes per game in 33 starts. Freshour was second on the team at 3.2 assists per game and scored in double figures on 13 occasions, including the first and second round NCAA Tournament games. For the season she averaged 7.4 ppg.
A 2007 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All District III selection, Anthony boasted a team-best 3.85 GPA. She graduated this spring with a degree in physical education. Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll all four years of her collegiate career, she posted 4.2 ppg. and was fourth on the team at 5.4 rebounds per game.
Florida State finished the year ranked 19th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll, the highest ranking in school history. The team ended the year 24-10 after making its first appearance in the Sweet 16. The Seminoles bring back five of their top six scorers for the 2007-08 campaign.