Feb. 7, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Whether it's on the free throw line or in the classroom, Florida State women's basketball player Mara Freshour is nearly perfect. The junior was honored for her hard work in both realms with a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-District III selection on Thursday (Feb. 7).
A sport management major with a 3.65 grade point average, Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) is the fourth Seminoles to earn Academic All-District honors under head coach Sue Semrau. Last season, Nikki Anthony and Alicia Gladden were both on the team and Ganiyat Adeduntan was the first in 2005.
Last season, Freshour made her first appearance on the All-ACC Academic Women's Basketball team to go along with two years on 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).
"It's such a privilege to coach someone who is committed to their academics as much as they are to their sport," Semrau said. "Mara is definitely that. You can see through the results she has both on the court and in the classroom. She's a role model for the players on our team and the young players coming up. She's willing to help other as well and I think that says a lot about her as a person."
On the court she has been having her best season as a Seminole. Freshour was named to the All-Tournament Teams at both the DePaul Invitational and FIU Fun and Sun Classic. This season she took over the Florida State career record for free throw percentage - currently at 82.4 percent - and holds the single-season mark at 84.3 percent.
So far this season she has been the most accurate shooter in the ACC from the free throw line and behind the arc. In addition to her overall rate of 84.3 percent, she is tops in the league from the line at 88.9 percent during conference games. From behind the three-point line she is first during ACC contests at 47.8 percent while her overall rate is second at 41.8 percent.
"Time management is so important," Freshour said of her success. "In order to succeed as a freshman I had to learn time management and that's what's brought me to where I am today. It's really important to me to do well in school because that is where I'm going to go in the future. In the long run basketball is not going to take me where I want to go so that's why I put a lot of my focus on academics."
Three times this year she has scored 20 points in a game. The first was a career-high 25 against Fordham when she hit a personal-best 10 field goals. In her homecoming at Indiana in the Women's Big Ten/ACC Challenge, she put in 21 points and scored 20 against No. 7 Georgia to get on the FIU All-Tournament team.
Freshour and the Seminoles are back on the court Thursday night (Feb. 7) when they play host to NC State at 7 p.m. It's Florida State's Think Pink game with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated, there will be a silent auction on the concourse during the game and after the game, fans can shoot free throws with the coaches and players on the court for the Shots for a Cure Fundraiser.