March 1, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior forward Cierra Bravard put an appropriate stamp on the best regular season of her career Tuesday morning.
That’s because Atlantic Coast Conference officials announced that she is one of five members of the 2010-11 All-ACC Women’s Basketball First Team. Senior guard Courtney Ward was also named to the third team.
The announcement comes on the heels of 2010-11 campaign that saw Bravard lead FSU in several statistical categories, including points per game (14.4) and rebounds per game (7.3), shooting percentage (.545) and free-throw percentage (.839).
Behind Bravard’s stellar play in the post, FSU finished the regular season with a 23-6 overall record and 11-3 conference mark en route to earning a No. 3 seed at this week’s ACC Tournament.
She finished seventh in the league in scoring, 11th in rebounding, fifth in field-goal percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage.
“Cierra has always had incredible potential and she has worked so hard to bring that potential out this season,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She stayed on campus this past summer and really focused in on her strength and conditioning and that in turn helped her become a more dominant player in the post for us.
“As a coaching staff, we are so proud of the player that she has become and will continue to turn in to.”
Bravard is the fifth player in FSU women’s basketball history to earn-first team honors, joining a who’s-who list of former Seminole stars that includes Tia Paschal (1993), Brooke Wyckoff (2001), Roneeka Hodges (2005) and Jacinta Monroe (2010).
Ward made the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Third Team after a senior regular-season that saw her eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career and further add to her incredible school-record assist totals.
The Montgomery, Ala. native enters the ACC Tournament tied for the school lead in 3-pointers made in a career with 198. Ward played the second most minutes of anyone in the ACC this season and ranked fourth in the league in assists, fourth in 3-point percentage and second in 3-pointers made.
“Courtney is a point guard in its truest form,” Semrau said. “She knows how to make her teammates better and lead them by example on and off the court. As a team with eight underclassmen, it was especially important for her to play her game this season and she has done that.
“None of our success this season would have occurred without her.”
All-Freshman, Rookie of the Year, All-Defensive Team and Defensive Player of the Year awards will be announced Wednesday while Coach of the Year and Player of the Year nods will go out Thursday.
The Seminoles open the 2011 ACC Tournament on Friday night at 8 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s Clemson vs. North Carolina contest.
First Team All-ACC:
Cierra Bravard, Florida State
Shenise Johnson, Miami
Carolyn Swords, Boston College
Jasmine Thomas, Duke
Riquna Williams, Miami
Second Team All-ACC:
Bonae Holston, NC State
Lynetta Kizer, Maryland
Italee Lucas, North Carolina
Alex Montgomery, Georgia Tech
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland
Third Team All-ACC:
Ty Marshall, Georgia Tech
Stefanie Murphy, Boston College
Morgan Stroman, Miami
Krystal Thomas, Duke
Courtney Ward, Florida State
Sixth Player of the Year:
Ariana Moorer, Virginia