Feb. 21, 2007
The Florida State women’s basketball team (19-8, 8-4 ACC) will host Clemson (12-15, 4-8 ACC) Thursday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. in its final home game of the regular season and FSU will honor senior Alicia Gladden in a Senior Night ceremony prior to tip-off.
“Alicia is one of the most, well-rounded players that I’ve coached in all of my years of coaching,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “As a player on the defensive end of the floor, she’s extremely intelligent, covers a lot of ground and is running for the steals record at Florida State which says a lot about how active she is. Offensively, she’s carried the load for us in a lot of different games. She leads us in scoring and is one of the best rebounders that we’ve ever had. She does so many things for us on the court but in addition to that, she’s been a tremendous representative for us as a student and as a person.”
Gladden’s career has been much like that of the Seminole program the past four seasons … simply better and better with each year. As a freshman, Gladden broke into the starting line up in the 10th game of the season and has remained there ever since. With her help, Florida State recorded 19 or more victories in three straight seasons which is the most successful span in program history. In the 2004-05 season, Gladden set an FSU single-season record with 101 steals and with 260 career steals, is just 10 shy of becoming the school’s all-time leader. Alicia is two-time member of the ACC All-Defensive team but is also solid offensively, leading the Seminoles in scoring in two straight seasons. She earned third team All-ACC accolades last season.
In 2006-07, Gladden is the team-leader at 14.4 points per game and has scored in double figures a team-high 22 times, including the last 15 straight games. She became the 20th member of the 1,000 point club at FSU in the second game of the season and now has 1,333 career points which ranks 10th all-time at FSU. In her career, she has led Florida State in scoring 20 times and in rebounding 24 times.
With a 3.37 grade point average in sport management, Gladden is also a star in the classroom. Earlier this month, she garnered second team District 3 Academic All-American honors and has earned Dean’s List status five times. A three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Gladden was named to the ACC All-Academic Team for 2005-06.
Gladden has averaged 13.9 points per game vs. the Clemson Tigers in her career and has recorded 20+ points in each of the last two meetings with Clemson. The Seminoles have won nine straight over the Tigers but the last two meetings have been decided by two points or less.
“Clemson is really playing good basketball right now,” Semrau said. “Statistically, they are in the middle or towards the top of the pack in a lot of different areas. They’re shooting the ball extremely well and rebounding the ball extremely well and their pressure defense has gotten better and better the longer they’ve been working with the same unit. I just credit Cristy (McKinney) for staying the course with a young basketball team. They’ve had a lot of close games here recently and they’re a better team than they were when we played them and we had a really tough time at their place.”
With a win Thursday, Florida State would not only clinch at least fifth place in the ACC, but would also record 20 wins for the third straight season which would be a first in program history. Coming off a 79-77 victory at Virginia, FSU earned a record fifth ACC road win and improved to 5-1 on the road in the league. Since joining the league in 1991-92, FSU had earned four ACC road victories five times, but before now, had never gotten to five road wins.