April 12, 2007 - by
Seminoles Celebrate


The Florida State women’s basketball team, coaches and administrators gathered with family and friends Wednesday night at the University Center for the annual team banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2006-07 Seminoles.


The evening, which included a buffet dinner and season videos for entertainment, was an opportunity to honor the team as a whole, as well as recognize individual players for exemplary performances.


As a team, the Seminoles brought the program to extraordinary heights in 2006-07. Some of the season highlights included: FSU participated in a program-first three straight NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history. With a 24-10 record, the Seminoles also earned 20 wins for a program-best third straight season and to another Top 4 finish in the ACC. FSU also went a perfect 5-0 vs. teams from the state of Florida, including a sweep over Miami and a win over Florida, declaring itself the frontrunner in women’s college basketball in the Sunshine state.


The following individual awards were given out:


Dominant Defender: Tanae Davis-Cain


Tanae Davis-Cain shut down ACC and National Player of the Year Lindsey Harding when the Seminoles played Duke. Old Dominion’s TJ Jordan, who was one of the leaders in the country in three-point shooting, was held to 1-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Stanford All-American Candace Wiggins was frustrated all night in FSU’s win over the Cardinal. This player was simply relentless this season when it came to defense.


Relentless Rebounder: Britany Miller


Britany Miller had 13 big boards to go along with her career-high 29 points in the regular-season finale at Wake Forest and played big for the Seminoles, all season long. With a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game this season, double-digit rebounds three times and five or more boards in 25 games.


Top Free Throw Shooter: Mara Freshour


Mara Freshour shot perfectly from the charity stripe in 10 games and with an 81.5 percentage, not only did she lead the team in free throw shooting this season but now also ranks fourth on FSU’s single-season list for the statistic.


Most Valuable Offensive Player: Alicia Gladden


Alicia Gladden was first on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and scored in double figures in 26 games overall, including 21 or more points four times. When the team needed a big bucket, it was No. 23. She really rose to the occasion in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 14.0 points per game and finished her career with 1,403 points which ranks 7th all-time at Florida State.



Most Improved: Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour


There were so many great performances this season that this next award went to two players. Combined Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour started just five games in 2005-06 and this season, they were both among the starting five game in and game out. Both players improved their scoring by more than four points and also improved their rebounding averages but aside from the obvious numbers, both of these players simply stepped up their game and were huge contributors to a very successful season.


1,000 Point Club/All-Time Steals


As previously mentioned, Alicia Gladden finished her career with 1,403 points and is seventh all-time in scoring at FSU. It was in just the second game of the season that Alicia eclipsed the 1,000 point mark, making her just the 20th women’s basketball player at Florida State to ever achieve the honor. But Alicia didn’t stop there. On the other side of the ball, the defensive side, Alicia also excelled. You will remember two seasons ago, she set the FSU record for steals in a single season with a remarkable 101 swipes. Now her name also sits atop the career steals list as with 275 steals, she is Florida State‘s all-time leader in the category.


Top Academic Achiever: Nikki Anthony


Today’s student-athlete sure has a lot to balance and Nikki Anthony has been stellar in that area. Not only has Nikki been successful on the court, but in the classroom, she is also a star. This season, she was named first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III and holds a 3.85 grade point average in physical education. She is a three-time member of the Dean’s List at FSU and has earned a 4.0 semester GPA seven times. Also a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Nikki has earned the FSU Golden Torch Award the last two years for the highest GPA on the women’s basketball team. She will complete her student teaching this semester and will graduate in April.


Community Service Award: Nikki Anthony and Christie Lautsch


There were nearly 5,000 fans when the Seminoles hosted Maryland this season and sure, Marketing did a stand-up job in promoting the game but all season long, the community really got behind these Seminoles. And a lot of the reason for that is because these Seminoles really get behind this community. From face-painting at the Downtown Getdown to the team’s Seminole Book Challenge, Florida State women’s basketball gets involved in serving the community but there are two individual Seminoles that really answer the call when it comes to Community Service and they are Christie Lautsch and Nikki Anthony.


Captain’s Award


All season long, all you kept hearing about this team was “They’re so young. They have just one senior,” which says an awful lot about the future of this program but that one senior, Alicia Gladden, is leaving some pretty large shoes to fill. As team captain, Alicia was was instrumental in pulling this young team together and guiding them to places no other FSU women’s basketball team has ever been.





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