March 2, 2005
The Atlantic Coast Conference 2004-05 women’s basketball awards continue to be released and Wednesday, it was Florida State sophomore Alicia Gladden’s name who was listed among the top five best defensive players in the league. Gladden has been the ACC’s leader in steals at 3.28 per game, a mark that ranks 15th nationally, for the majority of the season. Her 95 steals this season are just one shy of tying a 12-year Florida State record. Former Seminole Tia Paschal recorded 96 steals in 1992. Gladden also ranks among league leaders in blocks (0.76) and defensive rebounds (4.07).
North Carolina senior Nikita Bell was tabbed the 2005 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, while Duke’s Alison Bales, Virginia’s LaTonya Blue, and NC State’s Ashley Key were also honored as members of the All-Defensive team. The ACC All-Defensive team and Defensive Player of the Year are selected by the 11 ACC women’s basketball head coaches.
“I’m extremely happy to be named to the ACC All-Defensive team,” Gladden said. “Last year I only had 39 steals and I tripled my steals with 95 so far this season. I’ve really worked hard on improving my defense. Coach (Lance) White really helped me to learn how to do the things I needed, to increase my steals and my rebounding. I congratulate Nikita Bell for earning Defensive Player of the Year.”
Gladden became the second Seminole to earn ACC All-Defensive honors. Brooke Wyckoff earned the distinction in both 2000 and 2001.
The 28th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend, beginning on Friday, March 4 and concluding on Monday, March 7.