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KIAH GILLESPIE - Women's Basketball - Florida State Seminoles

Kiah's Profile

(Updated March 2020)
Redshirt Junior
Meriden, Conn.
high school
Capital Prep Magnet
other college

Career Honors:

  • 2020 WBCA Honorable Mention All-American.
  • 2020 WBCA Region Finalist.
  • 2020 USBWA Honorable Mention All-American.
  • 2020 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American.
  • 2020 Katrina McClain Award Top 5 Finalist.
  • 2020 ACC All-Tournament First Team.
  • 2020 All-ACC First Team (Coaches and Blue Ribbon Panel).
  • 2020 ESPNW Top 20 Player Overall Rankings.
  • 2019-20 Naismith Trophy Midseason Team.
  • 2019-20 Wade Trophy Watch List.
  • 2019-20 Wooden Award Late Top 20 Candidate.
  • 2019-20 ACC Player of the Week (Feb. 10, 2020).
  • 2019-20 ACC Player of the Week (Dec. 23, 2019).
  • 2019-20 ACC Player of the Week (Dec. 9, 2019).
  • 2019-20 Naismith Trophy Watch List.
  • 2019-20 Preseason Wooden Award Top 30.
  • 2019-20 Katrina McClain Award Watch List.
  • 2019-20 Preseason All-ACC Team.
  • 2019-20 Lindy’s Magazine Preseason Second-Team All-American.
  • 2019-20 Athlon Sports Preseason Second-Team All-American.
  • 2019-20 Street & Smith’s Preseason Third-Team All-American.
  • Florida State’s 19th All-American, earning WBCA Honorable Mention honors in 2019.
  • 2019 WBCA Region Finalist.
  • 2019 All-ACC First Team (Coaches and Blue Ribbon Panel).
  • 2019 Sue Galkantas Offensive Award.
  • 2018 Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team.
  • Ranks fourth at FSU all-time with 25 double-doubles in less than two full seasons.
  • Tied for the second-fastest Seminole ever to score 1,000 points (64 games).
  • Just the third Seminole to receive multiple All-ACC First Team selections in her career, joining Natasha Howard and Shakayla Thomas.

Redshirt Senior Season (2019-20)*

  • Top 10 in ACC play in scoring (15.6), rebounding (7.7), field goal percentage (44.2) and defensive rebounds (5.7).
  • Nine 20-point games, 15 10-rebound games and 12 double-doubles.
  • Averaged 21.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 52.6 percent shooting (61-116) and 41.9 percent from downtown (18-43) in eight AP Top 25 games.
  • Ranks second at FSU with 13 single-season doubles in 2018-19 and tied for third with 12 in 2019-20.
  • Top 10 in the ACC overall in scoring (15.6 – 7th), rebounds (8.8 – 5th), shooting (45.1 – T8th) and defensive rebounds (6.4 – 4th).
  • Led Florida State in scoring, rebounding and field goals made (195) for the second straight year.
  • Became the third Seminole to record a triple-double (14 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) vs. Michigan.
  • Collected her 14th double-double at FSU with 12 points and 10 boards in the opener vs. Charleston Southern.
  • Produced nine points and a team-high 11 boards at LSU.
  • Recorded another double-double with 14 points and 10 boards vs. Jacksonville.
  • Had 15 points, four rebounds and two assists vs. Samford.
  • Tied career high with four made 3-pointers at UIC.
  • Pulled down 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points at Florida.
  • Had 22 points and nine rebounds in 80-58 win over No. 6 Texas A&M.
  • Poured in 24 points along with 12 rebounds in win over No. 19 Michigan State.
  • Had 17 points, seven boards and four 3-point field goals in ACC opener at Clemson.
  • Collected another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds vs. St. John’s.
  • Had 13 points and eight rebounds vs. UNF.
  • Became third Seminole to record triple double (14 P, 13 R, 10 A) vs. No. 24 Michigan.
  • Collected 20th double-double (27 pts, 12 rebs) at Syracuse.
  • Team-high 21 points (8-of-11) and five boards at No. 23 Miami.
  • Scored 22 points (9-of-15) at No. 9 NC State.
  • Tied the team high with 14 points along with eight rebounds at Wake Forest.
  • Recorded 18 points (8-of-9) and 10 rebounds in win at home vs. Miami.
  • Scored 12 points with seven rebounds and added three assists vs. Boston College.
  • Big game at No. 5 Louisville: 25 points and 13 rebounds in 67-59 win.
  • Had 22 points and eight rebounds against Virginia.
  • Totaled 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Wake Forest at home.
  • Picked up another double-double with 16 points and 11 boards vs. Clemson at home.
  • Recorded 22 points and added two blocked shots vs. Notre Dame.
  • Totaled 10 points in 18 minutes played vs. Wake Forest in ACC Quarterfinals.
  • Had 15 points and 16 rebounds in ACC Semifinal win vs. Louisville.
  • Delivered 25 points and nine rebounds in ACC Championship Game vs. NC State.


Redshirt Junior Season at Florida State (2018-19):

  • Became the first Seminole ever to lead her team in points (16.2), rebounds (9.3) and 3-point field goals (53).
  • Top-10 single season marks for points (7th – 533), field goals made (9th – 212), rebounds (3rd – 307) and double-doubles (2nd – 13) at FSU.
  • Top 10 in the ACC in scoring (10th), rebounding (4th), defensive rebounds (3rd – 6.7), double-doubles (t4th), 20-point games (T6th – 10) and 10-rebound games (4th – 15).
  • Recorded 25.5 percent of Florida State’s made field goals, the second-most by an ACC player.
  • Owned 26.7 percent of FSU’s team rebounds.
  • Ranked in the Top 50 nationally in double-doubles (41st) and rebounds (43rd).
  • Totaled double-figure points in 28 of her 33 games played.
  • Led FSU with 15.2 points in ACC play along with 8.4 rebounds per game.
  • Scored 15 points and grabbed a Seminole post-season record 18 boards vs. South Carolina in the NCAA Second Round.
  • Team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Bucknell.
  • Pulled down 11 rebounds vs. NC State in ACC Quarterfinals.
  • Totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds vs. Duke in ACC Second Round.
  • Had 12 points and 13 boards in win at Georgia Tech.
  • Totaled 20 points (7-of-17) against Syracuse.
  • Ripped down a career-high 15 rebounds at Miami.
  • Tallied 18 points, 10 boards and six assists vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Added 17 points and 11 rebounds – her eighth double-double.
  • Totaled 22 points (9-of-15) with four assists vs. Wake Forest.
  • Took over against Miami, recording 20 points, six boards and three blocks.
  • Added 13 points and six rebounds vs. No. 4 Louisville.
  • Totaled 17 points, nine boards and four assists vs. Duke.
  • Led FSU with 23 points and eight rebounds at Boston College.
  • Picked up her seventh double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Clemson in ACC home opener.
  • Delivered 14 points and nine rebounds in win at North Carolina.
  • Recorded 19 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in her ACC debut at Virginia.
  • Led FSU in points (25), rebounds (12) and assists (4) in win over Georgia State.
  • Had 20 points along with 9 rebounds at Milwaukee.
  • Recorded fourth double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Creighton.
  • Big outing at St. John’s, pouring in a game-high 22 points and seven boards on 8-of-12 shooting.
  • Collected third double-double with 14 points and 12 boards at Mercer.
  • Huge game vs. Penn State with 27 points (12-of-15) and 5 rebounds.
  • Totaled 13 points and nine rebounds in win over No. 12/14 Iowa.
  • Led FSU with 21 points in win over Eastern Kentucky.
  • Had 14 points and six rebounds vs. Jacksonville.
  • Totaled 19 points and nine boards in big win over Florida.
  • Team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds against UNF.
  • Recorded a double-double in her Seminole debut with 22 points and a team-high 12 rebounds against Troy.

Redshirt Sophomore Season at Florida State (2017-18):

  • Redshirted the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules, giving her two more years of eligibility beginning in the 2018-19 year.
  • Played with Florida State on its 2017 Foreign Tour in Spain and Italy, displaying her offensive talents.
  • Top-notch practice player who prepared the Seminoles well for their opponents.

At Maryland (2015-17):

  • Made an impact right away by starting her first collegiate game against UMass-Lowell, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds in 21 minutes.
  • In her second career game against High Point, she recorded a career-best 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 22 minutes.
  • As a freshman at Maryland, Gillespie averaged 5.1 points in 10.9 minutes per game.
  • Averaged 4.1 points as a sophomore in the 2016-17 season.
  • While with the Terrapins, she once nailed three 3-point field goals against Detroit on Nov. 20, 2015.
  • Part of the growing trend of 6-footers who have extended range, knocking down a 3-pointer or making plays from the high post.

At Capital Prep Magnet:

  • 2015 McDonald’s All-American.
  • Heralded recruit who was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year twice.
  • Rated the No. 14 overall player by Prospect Nation as well as the No. 2 player at her position.
  • Reached 1,000 career points in just three years and posted some memorable stat lines while dominating the amateur circuit in Connecticut.
  • As a senior, she averaged 31.2 points and 16.2 rebounds and totaled 2,208 career points.
  • As a junior, Gillespie averaged 22.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.1 steals and two blocks per game.
  • Honored as the New Haven Register Player of the Year as a senior.

All About Me:

  • Born on: June 7, 1997.
  • Parents: Levy and Martina Gillespie.
  • Major: Sociology.
  • Nickname: KG.
  • How did you first get into playing basketball? My older brother started playing and I wanted to be just like him.
  • Favorite movie: Columbiana.
  • Favorite song: Spending Addiction by Gunna.
  • Explain a hardship you have overcome: My redshirt season at FSU and being away from the team when they traveled.
  • What shows are you watching these days? Power.
  • What would be the name of your autobiography: Kiah Gillespie: The Life Story.
  • Something many people don’t know about you? I was born on a blue moon.
  • Outside of hoops, what are some of your passions in life? Music and video games.
  • Favorite home-cooked meal? Chicken cutlets with mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Number of brothers and sisters? Older brother, 22, younger brother, 9.
  • If I were a genie and granted you three wishes, what would those wishes be?
    • 1. Good health for my family and I.
    • 2. Meet LeBron James.
    • 3. Drive a sports car.
  • If you were to win the $500 million lottery, what are some of the things you would do? Buy my parents a house and buy a Porsche Cayenne.
  • What current issue/issues in today’s world most fascinate you? Human Trafficking.
  • If you could choose to fight for or give back to any cause, what would it be and why? I would create scholarship funds because everyone deserves a chance.
  • What is the most inspirational story you’ve ever heard? Inky Johnson, who played football at Tennessee who battled back from a career-ending injury.
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and from who? My parents tell me “Don’t limit yourself.”