March 2, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – On the heels of the greatest regular season in program history, it’s only fitting that Florida State is well represented on the 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Teams.
The Seminoles (24-6, 12-2 ACC) finished tied with North Carolina for most selections this year as junior forward Jacinta Monroe was named to the second team and senior guards Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain were placed on the third team today (March 2) by the conference office.
Monroe’s placement on the second team marks the second time in her career that she has garnered end-of-the-season attention from the conference as she was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2007.
The Fort Lauderdale native has been the Seminoles’ leader on both ends of the floor all season as her 13.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.5 bpg are all team bests. Monroe became the all-time blocks leader in program history this season with her 210th career swat in the win over Miami on Feb. 22 and is just four shy of tying the FSU single-season record of 80 as she and her teammates head to the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
Monroe finished the regular season with eight double-doubles and led Florida State in scoring in 13 games and in rebounding in 19 games.
As for FSU’s senior co-captains, Freshour and Davis-Cain’s placement on the third team recognizes two players that will have helped guide their team to an NCAA Tournament berth in each of their four seasons.
Freshour’s 10.4 ppg ranks third on the team and her 4.9 rpg, and 2.5 apg are both second best on a Seminole team that wrapped up its first regular-season ACC championship this year. The 6-foot-1 guard from Nashville, Ind. eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career this season and currently ranks in the top 25 in scoring in ACC games with an average of 12.6 ppg.
While this is the first All-ACC selection for Freshour, Davis-Cain has been recognized for the second-straight season.
A year after being named to the 2008 All-ACC Honorable Mention Team, the Dawson, Ga. native was rewarded for a regular season that saw her become FSU’s all-time career leader in three-pointers made. With 65 three-pointers made so far this year, she is now just one shy of tying Freshour’s single-season mark off 66 she set a season ago.
Davis-Cain finished the regular season with a team second-best 12.7 ppg and her 36 steals ranks third on a defensive-minded Seminole basketball team. Her 14.0 ppg in conference games is best on the team and ranks 12th overall in the conference. Like Freshour, Davis-Cain also surpassed the 1,000 point-plateau for career scoring this season.
This marks the 12th-straight season that a Seminole player has been named to an All-ACC team.
Florida State will take a No. 2 seeding to this week’s ACC Tournament where the team will play Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s Boston College-Miami matchup. FSU’s first game of the tournament can be seen online at www.ACCSelect.com.