April 15, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
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In a year full of ups and downs, the Florida State women’s basketball team looked back at the 2007-08 season during its annual end of the year team banquet. The evening was highlighted by the team awards.
Nearly every award went to either junior Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) or senior Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.). Freshour was awarded the Ronalda Pierce Heart Award, Top Academic Achiever, Captains’ Award and Top Free Throw Shooter honor. Williams brought home the Matt Schmauch Leadership Award, Captains’ Award and Most Valuable Offensive player accolades. In addition, Williams was presented a ball commemorating her school record for career assists as well as her 1,000th point.
A pair of honors went to junior Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.). She was honored with the Dominant Defender award as well as the Captains’ Award. The Community Service Award went to sophomore Cayla Moore (Albany, Ga.).
The only player to start all 33 games this season, Freshour exemplified what it means to be a team player as she spent time at four of the five positions on the court. A sports management major with a 3.65 grade point average, she earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and Academic All-ACC Women’s Basketball Team honors.
This season Freshour set the school’s free throw percentage record with a rate of 81.4 percent (158-of-194) that ranks 12th in ACC history. She is second in FSU lore and ninth on the league charts with a career three-point rate of 39.3 percent (117-of-293). She also rewrote the FSU single-season school record with 66 three pointers on 154 attempts, which ranks fourth. Freshour’s 42.9 percent from behind the arc is the second best rate for a Seminole while leading the ACC.
After four seasons of ups and downs, Williams put the team on her back down the stretch and got them to their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament. In the process, she obliterated the school’s all-time assist mark at 451. She also became the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points at FSU and she finished her career with 1,085. Williams also rates fifth at 121 games played and sixth with 199 steals.
Whenever it came time to match up the opposing team’s best perimeter player, Davis-Cain always drew that assignment. During conference action, Davis-Cain rated eighth amongst the league players with an average of two steals per game. The team leader at 15.0 points per game, she scored 20 points or more in six games and reached double digits in 16 of her last 19 contests. Davis-Cain ended the year second on the FSU career charts with 121 three pointers.
This season Moore set the standard for helping in the community. As part of the Seminole Book Challenger, nearly every Monday during the spring semester she, along with freshman Christian Hunnicutt (Jonesboro, Ga.) went to Fort Braden Elementary School and read to the students. Every women’s basketball player must perform at least three hours of community service a month during the season and six hours out of season.
Two days prior to the women’s basketball banquet, Moore received the ACC Top Six For Service Award at the Golden Nole banquet. The ACC Top Six for Service recipients were selected throughout the year for something unique that distinguished them as top performers in FSU’s community service program. The primary criteria are a willingness to participate and a desire to serve despite time constraints. The selected students made significant contributions to the community and were positive ambassadors for the department.
A fifth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament should be in the cards for the Seminoles. Williams is the only senior on the team and FSU had the eighth-ranked recruiting class in the nation this fall.