November 20, 2006 - by
Freshour Welcomes New Role

Nov. 20, 2006

A new basketball season means new faces, new opponents, new uniforms and a renewed commitment to success. For sophomore guard Mara Freshour, it means all of these things – and it includes a brand new role on the team as well. Reacting to the departure of four-year point guard Holly Johnson to graduation, Seminoles’ head coach Sue Semrau and her staff decided that they had the perfect person in mind in Freshour to call upon to step up and take over the point guard duties. Freshour still maintains that even though time has passed since that decision was made, the shock still is there.

“We started preparing for it at the end of last year,” Freshour said. “I had a meeting with the coaches, they told me what they wanted me to do and that was they wanted me to be the point guard. They said that if I absolutely didn’t want to do it, I didn’t have to, but that it was what they felt would be best for our team. I decided that I would do it and started during summer workouts working toward being the point guard.”

Freshour, a sophomore from Nashville, Ind., who chose Florida State over Marquette, Indiana, and Kentucky, appeared in all 31 games last year for Florida State, averaging 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game. Her season highlight came against Central Florida on December 4, when she scored 16 points off of the bench en route to an 81-49 Seminole victory.

Most of her playing time was at the shooting guard position, the spot on the court that Freshour still confesses to being most comfortable with. She played that role for the majority of an illustrious high school career, one in which she was most valuable player for Brown County, posting 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds a game for the Eagles. The national media took note of Freshour during her time in Indiana as well and she received many accolades, including three All-America honorable-mention awards by Street & Smith.

Semrau has enjoyed having Freshour as part of her program from day one and knew that she was the right person to call upon to take over the point guard slot, even though she had played point guard only sparingly in high school, and is two years removed from a torn ACL.

“Mara is so fundamental and fundamentally-sound players are a great compliment to the type of athleticism we have on our team,” Semrau said. “Mara is someone who we felt would connect the dots for us, a great passer, great footwork, the ability to shoot it, and even though she’s a tall guard, she’s got great athletic ability. She can go to the rim, pull up and shoot, and there are so many factors that make her a great fit for our basketball team.

“Mara has the ability to not just see the pass that will lead to the basket, but she can see the pass that will lead to the pass that will lead to the basket,” Semrau continued. “Not many players can do that. She has never batted an eye to the new challenge, and that is her most admirable quality. It’s not about Mara Freshour.”

Freshour, and the rest of the Seminoles, one of the youngest teams in the ACC and in the nation with just one senior, are looking forward great things. The talent of the young players and the experience they are receiving early means the future is bright. As a result, the team has adjusted its goals for this season accordingly, having come just one game short of the final 16 teams last year.

“Our team goal is the Sweet 16, and our goal in the ACC is to be in the top three,” Freshour said. “Those are our team goals, and we honestly believe we can reach them. We’re really committed and I believe we can do anything we set our minds to if we take our potential and do something with it.”

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