TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball redshirt senior forward Kiah Gillespie has been selected as a 2019-20 preseason second-team All-American according to Lindy’s Magazine.
In addition to Gillespie’s honor, Florida State Women’s Basketball was chosen 11th in Lindy’s preseason Top 25 poll. FSU was chosen as the second-highest ranked ACC team in the poll, only trailing No. 10 Louisville. Other ACC members joining FSU in the Top 25 include Notre Dame at 16th and Syracuse at 20th.
In 2018-19, Gillespie became FSU’s 19th All-American when she led Florida State to a 24-9 overall record and an NCAA second-round appearance despite being the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament and one of the youngest teams in the country. She became the first Seminole ever to lead her team in points (16.2), rebounds (9.3) and 3-point field goals made (53).
Among Lindy’s five-member first-team All-Americans is Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu, South Carolina guard Tyasha Harris, UConn guard Crystal Dangerfield, Baylor forward Lauren Cox and Oregon forward Ruthy Hebard. All five are seniors.
Joining Gillespie on the second team is senior forward Beatrice Mompremier (Miami), senior guard DiJonai Carrington (Stanford), sophomore guard Rhyne Howard (Kentucky) and Texas A&M junior guard Chennedy Carter.
Ranking in the Top 10 ahead of FSU in the Lindy’s poll is Oregon (1), Baylor, Stanford, Texas A&M, Maryland, Oregon State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, UConn and Louisville.
Gillespie looks to lead a Florida State group that returns everyone from last year’s team that also went 10-6 in the ACC. Last season, Gillespie earned Top-10 single season marks for points (7th – 533), field goals made (9th – 212), rebounds (3rd – 307) and double-doubles (2nd – 13) at FSU.
Among ACC players last season, the Meriden, Conn., native recorded 25.5 percent of FSU’s made field goals, the second-highest in the conference. She also corralled 26.7 percent of FSU’s team rebounds, including a program NCAA-record 18 boards in its second-round tournament game vs. South Carolina.
The Seminoles begin preseason practice on Sept. 24, host their lone exhibition at home on Sunday, Oct. 27, vs. Florida Southern and open the season at home vs. Charleston Southern on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are available on Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE. The team’s ACC schedule will be released later this month.