Jan. 23, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Former Florida State women’s basketball standout player Alicia “Ice’ Gladden was named as part of the 10th annual class of ACC Women’s Basketball Legends, announced on Thursday by the conference.
The Legends will be honored at the 2014 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 5-9 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Legends will also be honored at the annual ACC Women’s Basketball Legends’ Luncheon on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m., and then will be introduced to the Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game that evening.
The ACC Women’s Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC’s 15 schools who have contributed to the league’s rich tradition. Tickets to the Legends Lunch are priced at $35 each and can be obtained by calling 1-336-369-4673. Quantities are limited.
A four-year guard from Orange Park, Fla., Gladden earned her nickname for her smooth style of play as a crafty left-hander. She left an indelible impact on the Florida State women’s basketball program, helping lead its rise to prominence from 2003-07.
The former Orange Park High School standout was one of the most versatile players to ever don the Garnet and Gold, ranking first in school history with 275 career steals and being one of just 11 Seminoles to finish with 1,400 or more points in a career. Gladden emerged as one of the ACC’s best in her time in Tallahassee, being named an All-ACC Third Team member in 2006 and 2007, and also garnering ACC Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore in 2005.
Gladden excelled on both ends of the court for the Seminoles, holding the honor as the only player in program history to earn ACC All-Defensive Team recognition three times. One of the highlights to “Ice” Gladden’s career was being part of the first Florida State team to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 when the 10th-seeded Seminoles knocked off No. 2 seed Stanford, 68-61, on March 19, 2007, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.
Her smarts on the court also transferred to the classroom, as she twice was named to the All-ACC Academic Team and earned ACC Academic Honor Roll honors four times. Sadly, Gladden’s life ended on April 19, 2013, when she was a fatal victim of a drunk driving accident caused by another driver as she was returning home after coaching a Creekside High School basketball game in St. Johns, Fla. Gladden’s jersey was retired on Nov. 22, 2013, at Orange Park High School.
Tickets to the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., are on sale now and can be purchased on the tickets page of Seminoles.com. ACC Tournament books are just $99 and include one ticket to each of the 14 games played.
An ACC Tournament VIP Package is also offered for $330 and includes one ticket book, one VIP hospitality pass and a parking pass. A VIP package that includes two ticket books, two VIP hospitality passes and two parking passes is discounted at $525.
For more information on Florida State women’s basketball, follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball and like their official Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUWomensBasketball).