Despite loss in second round, Seminoles optimistic for future

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 25, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCTV) -- The end of a tournament run is usually upsetting for fans, players and coaches. But, for the Florida State Seminoles, after their loss to South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, there was more of a sense of "just wait until..." than one of "what if we just..."

All things considered, this season went better than it should have for FSU. The Noles lost two contributors early this season, Izabela Nicoletti suffered a knee injury during off-season workouts, Iho Lopez was injured in a car accident and freshman Amaya Brown went down early in conference play with a knee injury, but were still able to make a run at the Sweet Sixteen despite playing a majority of the year with just eight available bodies.

While it's another season ending earlier than they'd like, redshirt junior Kiah Gillespie is excited for what the Noles can be at full strength come next season.

"I'm excited. I mean, we lost and we're looking at this game, but it's time to start preparing for next season," she said following Sunday's defeat. "I mean, we've got national championships we're trying to win, ACC championships we're trying to win. We're going to look back on this [loss] and point out what we did wrong but we've got to keep moving forward."

That "moving forward," will include the return of Nicoletti, Lopez and Brown and the inclusion of a talented three-women signing class with McDonald's All-Americans River Baldwin and Sammie Puisis, both five-star recruits, as well as three-star post player London Clarkson.

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