April 15, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball program held its annual team banquet on Sunday, April 14th at the University Center on the Florida State campus. Seniors Lakesha Springle and April Traylor were honored for their four years of service to the program while team awards were also presented.
Senior April Traylor earned the Offensive Excellence Award. An All ACC honorable mention selection, Traylor averaged 13.0 points per game, which ranked 12th in the ACC, and was second on the team with 33 three-pointers. She scored in double figures in 20 games, including a season-high 26 points at Georgia Tech, and had four games total in the 20’s. She led the team in scoring nine times and hit the winning shot in front of her hometown fans at Indiana with 1.9 seconds. Traylor earned ACC Player of the Week honors in December after leading FSU to those two wins in Indiana and was also named to the all-tournament teams at both the Paradise Jam and Seminole Classic. She finished her career ranked 2nd all-time at FSU in assists with 387, 3rd in steals with 217 and 5th in scoring with 1,503 points.
Freshman LaQuinta Neely was the recipient of the Defensive Excellence Award. Neely wasn’t about to let her slender 5-8 frame keep her from being a defensive force for the Seminoles in 2001-02. Her relentless pressure on opposing guards became a trademark of her play. She recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Wake Forest win.
Junior Shinikki Whiting was recognized with the Free Throw Excellence Award. The junior made a team-high 82 free throws while ranking second in attempts with 114 and shot an impressive team-leading 72 percent from the charity stripe. Averaging 4.1 free throw attempts per game, Whiting was perfect from the free throw line in nine games and ranked 9th in free throw percentage in the ACC.
Sophomore Tasheika Morris earned the Rebounding Excellence Award. Morris may have been one of the smallest players in the ACC to play her position, but that didn’t stop her from being a force to be reckoned with inside. An All ACC third team selection, Morris led the team in rebounding at 5.7 rebounds per game – a number that ranked 12th in the ACC. She led the team in rebounding in 10 games and recorded three double-doubles with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Florida game, a team-high 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in just 19 minutes of play at Wake Forest and 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Maryland win. She grabbed five or more rebounds in 17 games and had at least 23 more offensive rebounds than anyone else on the team. She was also named the MVP of the Seminole Classic.
In addition, sophomore Lauren Bradley, who holds a cumulative 3.3 grade point average in criminology, was given the Academic Excellence Award while Whiting and freshman Genesis Choice, who volunteer countless hours of their time to the community, were the recipients of the Service Excellence Award. There was also special recognition given to senior Lakesha Springle, who received the Captain’s Award for her service as team captain in 2001-02.