April 8, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – In the non-stop world of collegiate student-athlete, Florida State women’s basketball player Mara Freshour has found a way to excel in all areas. The junior was recognized for her efforts in the classroom and on the basketball court with a selection to the ACC All-Academic Women’s Basketball Team as announced by the league office.
It is the second year in a row that Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) has been named to the team. She is just the sixth Seminole to earn the honor more than once since the league started handing out the award in 1998. Since its inception, Florida State has had the most selections (24) of any school in the league with eight more than the next closest school. In addition, since 2005, FSU is one ahead of Virginia Tech for the most recipients at 10.
A sport management major with a 3.65 grade point average, Freshour earned her first CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District award this winter. She has also been a two-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. The women’s team Golden Torch winner for having the highest GPA on the team, she’s been on the President’s List twice (4.0 GPA) and once on the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or higher).
This season Freshour set the school’s free throw percentage record – fittingly enough 20 miles from her hometown against Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge – with a rate of 81.4 percent (158-of-194) that ranks 12th in ACC history. She is second in FSU lore and ninth on the league charts with a career three-point rate of 39.3 percent (117-of-293).
Her career-best 12.7 point per game scoring rate this season was helped by a single-season school record 66 three pointers on 154 attempts, which ranks fourth. Freshour’s 42.9 percent from behind the arc is the second best rate for a Seminole while leading the ACC. She finished the year number two on the FSU and ACC charts for free throw percentage at 82.6 percent.
A member of the DePaul Invitational and FIU Fun & Sun Classic All-Tournament teams, Freshour was the only player to start all 33 games this year, averaging 34.9 minutes per game. She improved in ever facet of the game and even collected a pair of double-doubles. Her second was a 14-point, career-high 12 rebound game against Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She came back two days later to score 20 points against Oklahoma State for one of her six 20-point games.