April 12, 2005
Just weeks after the conclusion of one of Florida State women’s basketball’s finest seasons, the Seminoles recently gathered with Florida State administrators, staff and fans to celebrate 2004-05 at the annual team banquet.
The evening, which included appetizers, a buffet dinner and season videos for entertainment, gave a chance for head coach Sue Semrau to honor her players.
The 2004-05 season introduced Phase II of Semrau’s program and the team banquet celebrated the facets of that philosophy. Phase II was an attitudinal shift within the program in which the Seminoles moved to a higher level of personal responsibility, selflessness, and the development of a championship mentality. The awards presentation at the banquet was divided into these categories:
Dominant Defender: The entire team earned this award after making defense a priority this season. FSU used its defense to create its offense and limited opponents to just 61.9 points per game. With a relatively small line up, the Seminoles were also able to outrebound 19 opponents this season.
Phase II: Most Improved: Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan more than doubled her scoring average (11.5 ppg) from the previous season (5.0 ppg) and improved her rebounding (7.6 rpg) by four times (1.9 rpg). She led the team with six double-doubles and scored in double figures 17 times.
Relentless Rebounder: Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan earned this award for averaging a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game. She recorded double-digit rebounds in 10 games and was among the team leaders 17 times.
Ultimate “Money” Player: Sophomore Alicia Gladden, who was second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg), earned this award for going hard all of the time and doing the “intangibles” – the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet.
Top Free Throw Shooter: Junior Holly Johnson earned this award for setting a new FSU single season record with a team-leading .837 free throw percentage which ranked second in the ACC.
Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Senior Roneeka Hodges was honored with this award after averaging a team-high 19.2 points per game which ranked second in the ACC. She scored in double figures in 30 of 32 games and set an FSU single game record with 39 points in the overtime win over No. 15 Maryland.
Top Academic Achiever: Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan is majoring in Nursing and holds a 3.78 grade point average.
Selfless Service: Sophomore Alicia Gladden logged a team-high 27.5 hours of community service this year.
Matt Schmauch Leadership Award: Senior Linnea Liljestrand.
Matthew Schmauch, who passed away June 13, 2003, was an Assistant Director of Academic Support who worked with the women’s basketball program for four seasons and was instrumental in the academic success of FSU student-athletes. His influence went beyond the classroom. He was an ambassador, a mentor, a friend, a big brother, a fan — truly a shining example of where hard work and determination can take you. This award, established in his memory, is given annually to the women’s basketball player who exemplifies these characteristics of leadership.
Daughter, Sister, Classmate, Teammate, Role Model, Friend, Seminole … former teammate Ronalda Pierce, who passed away June 8, 2004, meant so much, to so many people. Although with us just a short time, Ronalda’s memory will forever be etched in the hearts of the Seminole family. Ronalda represented courage, heart, determination, growth and joy. It was these characteristics that allowed her to blossom into the person that was cherished by all who knew her. The first recipient of this award exemplified these same qualities of perseverance this season.