April 14, 2003
The Florida State women’s basketball program celebrated its 2002-2003 season with a banquet on Sunday, April 13th at the University Center on the Florida State campus. The entire team was recognized for its excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Athletically, the squad recorded a 17-13 record and a fourth place finish in the ACC and played in its second postseason tournament in the past three years. Academically, the team earned better than a 3.0 grade point average in the fall semester and had eight players named to the Dean’s List. The Seminoles averaged more than 28 hours of community service per player this season and finished second in the coveted Director’s Cup for Service.
There was a special tribute to lone senior Katelyn Vujas, who spoke to the nearly 125 people in attendance. In an emotional address, Vujas thanked her coaches, teammates and administrators for an “incredible four years.” The following individual awards were also presented: Defensive Excellence, Trinetta Moore; Offensive Excellence, Tasheika Morris; Free Throw Excellence, Lauren Bradley; Rebounding Excellence, Katelyn Vujas; Most Improved, Holly Johnson; Academic Excellence, Linne Liljestrand; Service Award, Lauren Bradley; Captain’s Award, Trinetta Moore, Katelyn Vujas.
Defensive Excellence Award: Trinetta Moore
In a conference that is known for its strong post play, Trinetta Moore proved this season, that she definitely belongs. Whether she was grabbing that all important rebound or simply shutting down the lane, opponents knew who No. 5 was as soon as the ball was tipped. Trinetta was a force in the middle for the Seminoles all season long. Her ferocious play allowed her to record two double-doubles as she shot an ACC-leading 54 percent from the field. She led the team in rebounding seven times, grabbing seven or more boards in 10 games and scored eight or more points in 15 games including eight games with double digits. Trinetta ranked second on the team at 5.3 rebounds per game and was the team leader with 62 offensive rebounds.
Offensive Excellence Award: Tasheika Morris
When Tasheika Morris moved from the post to the wing position this year, it forced opponents to rethink how they would defend Florida State, because they knew Morris could light it up and in most cases she did this season. An All-ACC second team selection, Tasheika ranked sixth in the league in scoring at 15.1 points per game. The only Seminole to start all 30 games, Tasheika led the team in scoring 17 times. She scored in double figures in 26 games, including an ACC-best 17 straight during the season. She scored 20 or more points in six games, including a career-high 26 points in the win over FIU in the WNIT first round. She led the team with 42 three-pointers and ranked second with 52 steals. Even more impressive is what Tasheika did against top 10 opponents. In five games against top 10 opponents, Tasheika averaged 17.2 points per game, including 18 strong against national champion Connecticut.
Free Throw Excellence Award: Lauren Bradley
Seminole fans loved it when Lauren Bradley went to the basket, because if she got fouled and went to the free throw line, chances were it was two points for Florida State. Lauren led the team in free throw percentage at 79 percent and was perfect from the line in seven games. In the win over UCF, Bradley turned in an outstanding performance, hitting a career-high seven free throws on her way to tying her career high with 15 points in 15 minutes of play.
Rebounding Excellence Award: Katelyn Vujas
Last summer, Katelyn Vujas made a commitment to sharpening her defensive and rebounding skills and in her senior season, all of that hard work paid off. Katelyn led the team in rebounding at 6.4 rebounds per game – a mark that ranked eighth in the ACC while her 4.8 defensive rebounds per game ranked fifth in the league. Katelyn recorded three double-doubles this year, including 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. Florida and had six in her career. She led the team in rebounding a team-high 14 times and had 10 or more boards in five games and six or more rebounds in 16 games. Katelyn finished her Florida State career with 962 points and 598 rebounds.
Most Improved Award: Holly Johnson
The only freshman to play in all 30 games, point guard Holly Johnson’s determination to reach greater heights with each and every day was evident in her play on the court. Johnson was immediately thrown into the action, starting the first nine games of the year, during which time she earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 15 points in the Akron game. Although she became a player off of the bench in the middle of the season, Johnson’s minutes did not diminish and either did her will to become better. Johnson averaged 25.3 minutes per game overall and elevated that figure to 35.3 minutes per game in the final six games – all of which she started. She played all 40 minutes against Duke and Clemson in back to back games, and averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line in the final six games of the season. Johnson finished the season among the leaders in assists in 10 games and notched six or more rebounds in six games.
Academic Excellence Award: Linnea Liljestrand
Linnea Liljestrand is every academic advisor’s dream. A business major who has worked diligently to succeed in the classroom, Linnea has earned a 3.5 grade point average and was named to the Dean’s List after the fall semester. She is the true meaning of the words student-athlete.
Service Award: Lauren Bradley
Understanding her status as a role model to children and adults alike in the community, Lauren Bradley has embraced many opportunities to be among fans and community leaders this season when sharing personal stories of triumph and defeat, when encouraging individuals to pursue their dreams and when simply sharing a smile and handshake seemed appropriate. Her willingness to make time for all scheduled team events as well as create opportunities for herself to forge relationships with individuals proves that what she gives to others is just as important as who she is.
With the demands that are placed on today’s student-athlete and all of the outside influences that play a role in the lives of young people, it takes strong leaders to help create an atmosphere that provides stability, trust and confidence. Team captains Katelyn Vujas and Trinetta Moore proved this season that they were indeed worthy of such status. Through thick and thin, Katelyn and Trinetta were the glue that kept the squad together, they were the glue that created a positive and caring atmosphere and they were the glue that made Florida State women’s basketball ONE.