March 8, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Simply put – Sue Galkantas is one of the greatest student-athletes in the history of Florida State Athletics. The four-time, women’s basketball All-American owned almost every individual statistical category by the end of her outstanding career in Tallahassee and still is among the top today.
FSU Sports Information caught up with FSU’s all-time leading scorer when she was honored at the inaugural ACC Legends Brunch at the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. Galkantas represented Florida State at the brunch and during a ceremony at halftime during the first semifinal game.
Sports Information: How does it feel to be honored by one of the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of the nation’s best teams?
Sue Galkantas: I can’t tell you how wonderful this is. The ACC has been wonderful to us and it means a lot that the sponsors, Pepsi and Food Lion, put this together for this event. There were some great athletes out there on the floor today and I was just honored to be a part of the celebration.
SI: Things must look at little different today than when you were a standout at FSU. What to you has changed the most?
SG: I think the fact that women athletes today have more opportunities than when we played. We bused to tournaments, we carried our own luggage and things like that. I hope that the changes that have been made serve as stepping stones for the players and their futures. I hope we build a strong foundation that these student-athletes can carry on.
SI: What do you miss most about playing college basketball, especially around tournament time?
SG: Any time I hear the ball bounce or smell the leather of a basketball or a gym, it makes my heart warm. I would love to be out there playing on the court, with my heart pounding, sweat dripping down my face, just playing great basketball.
SI: If you could give the team any advice, what would it be?
SG: Play from the heart. As long as it comes from the heart, everything will work itself out in the end.
SI: How does it feel to be at the ACC Tournament, watching Florida State knowing they have a chance to make a great impression on a national stage?
SG: That’s the best part of being here, watching it live. I follow them on the website all year long, so just being here in their presence is just so exciting!