March 18, 2007
Photos taken by Brandon Goodman, FSU Photographer
The Florida State women’s basketball team (23-9) will face No. 5 Stanford (29-4) Monday, March 19th at approximately 10:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2. The game will also be broadcast live on WNLS AM 1270 and on www.seminoles.com. After seeing Stanford’s campus and taking photo, the Seminoles had an hour and a half practice Sunday afternoon followed by a press conference and media availability.
Monday’s game will be the third meeting between FSU and Stanford and the second in as many seasons. In 1983-84, FSU defeated the Cardinal 73-58 at the Miami Masonic Classic in Miami, Florida. Last year, the two teams met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and the Stanford was 88-70 victors.
Just two players from this year’s team started for the Seminoles in the Stanford game a year ago however, 75.7 percent of the scoring in that game was by players who return this season. Shante Williams had a career-high 23 points off of the bench and Alicia Gladden, who started the game along with Britany Miller, had 15 points.
Sports Information Graduate Assistant Maryjane Gardner is accompanying the Florida State women’s basketball team as the Seminoles participate in the NCAA Tournament in Stanford, California. Following Sunday’s practice at Maples Pavilion, Gardner had a chance to ask the team some questions:
Q & A With The Seminoles
Associate Head Coach Cori Close (did the scout for the Stanford game)
What have you seen to be the most challenging obstacle in defeating Stanford?
“I think our kids having the mental strength to play to our strengths possession after possession after possession. I think we have great athleticism that we can use to our advantage. They have really good teamwork and skill but it will be a matter of can we take advantage of our athleticism and versatility or will they be able to take care of their skill and size.”
Mara Freshour, sophomore, Nashville, Ind.
What is your personal game plan to beat Stanford tomorrow?
“Well my job is to pressure the guards and make their lives difficult and try to help post out. Offensively, I just need to be strong and give the ball to the posts and make sure everyone is on the same page and executing correctly.”
Alicia Gladden, senior, Orange Park, Fla.
During the Old Dominion game you became the career all-time leader in steals, how does that make you feel?
“I was so excited when I heard Ryan (Pensy, radio broadcaster) say I tied the record. And I was like I just need one more. I knew coming in that I needed one more to tie but I was working so hard just to break that record. It’s been a long-time record. Tia Paschal has been a great defender for FSU and to overtake her record is a great accomplishment.”
Jacinta Monroe, freshman, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
How much do you think you have grown since the beginning of the season?
“I think I have grown a lot since the beginning of the season. At the beginning of the season, I was a lot weaker and didn’t know the system well. Since NCAA tournament time, I think you can’t look at me as a freshman anymore. I’m just another collegiate athlete.”
Angel Gray, freshman, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Even though you are unable to play, what have you learned from being here at the NCAA Tournament to help in the future?
“I have learned that it takes hard work and any team can win because it’s about who wants it more and who is willing to fight for their team.”
Nikki Anthony, junior, Pickens, S.C.
You have now been to three straight NCAA tournaments, how is this team different?
“I just feel like this team is more willing to play unselfish basketball and we all just really want to win. Although we have pains, injuries and other things going on, everyone this year has been able to put those wants and desires away for their bigger desire of the team.”
Shante Williams, junior, Jacksonville, Fla.
Playing Stanford last year you had a great game, how is this years’ team different then last years?
“We have more size, more depth and we have a little more experience since we know what the first round is like and we are ready to proceed to the Sweet Sixteen so I think we are very hungry right now and that will help us win tomorrow’s game.”
Tiffiny Buckelew, junior, Cleveland, Tenn.
What does the team have to do in order to win tomorrow against Stanford?
“I think we really have to lock up our defense and get the ball inside and use our height advantage. Just push it into transition and just really concentrate and get it inside.”
Britany Miller, sophomore, Tallapoosa, Ga.
How do you feel about your game against Old Dominion?
“I felt like we had a lot of good shots. Everyone knew exactly what they were supposed to do. We played our defense, at least we tried to except for the rebounding part. But we, at the end, were successful. I feel like I played pretty well giving to my team whenever they needed me.”
Cayla Moore, freshman, Albany, Ga.
How have the team practices been while at the NCAA Tournament?
“In preparing for the tournament, we have been pretty good. Everybody’s minds have been together and everyone has been committed to what we have been doing. Everyone has been on the same page so practice has been going pretty good. I think we are focused and determined to get to our goal.”
Alysha Harvin, freshman, Dania, Fla.
How does it feel being a freshman starting an NCAA Tournament game?
“I really don’t think about, I just go out there and play.”
Tanae Davis-Cain, sophomore, Dawson, Ga.
What were some of the factors in beating Old Dominion?
“Definitely defense, everybody being on the same page, rebounding – eventually towards the end, we kind of started off slow and then picked it up and being together on the same page.”