April 22, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – There was a good share of award winners on Monday evening at the Florida State Basketball Training Center as the FSU Women’s Basketball Team celebrated its 2013-14 season with over 200 guests to cap another successful campaign.
Highlighting the well-run event were five award winners who earned their recognition on the large podium. The five main honors handed out were the Ronalda Pierce Heart Award, the Matthew Schmauch Leadership Award, and the newly created Sue Galkantas Offensive Player of the Year Award as well as the Alicia Gladden Defensive Player of the Year Award. Also included was the team’s Most Valuable Player honor.
Winning the Ronalda Pierce Heart Award was rising redshirt freshman Gabby Bevillard. The Bishop, Ga., native exemplified the meaning of this honor when she suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason practice, yet she worked tirelessly to get herself healthy. Not only has Bevillard nearly regained her full strength in her knee, she also showed throughout the difficult journey how supportive of a teammate she is.
The Matthew Schmauch Leadership Award was given to senior Natasha Howard, who exited her career as one of the top players in Florida State history. Despite being so dominant on the court and garnering multiple All-America honors, Howard proved to be extremely unselfish and was the consummate teammate. The Toledo, Ohio, native led by example in what was one of the top single-season performances by a Seminole.
Howard also left the banquet with MVP honors, yet another accolade she can add to her impressive collegiate resume before she plays for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.
Winning the first-ever Sue Galkantas Offensive Player of the Year Award was senior point guard Cheetah Delgado. The Kissimmee, Fla., native distributed a school-record 216 assists this past season, with her 6.5 per game average being the highest by an ACC player since Kristi Tolliver of Maryland had 7.43 in 2007-08.
Freshman Brittany Brown was the recipient of the Alicia Gladden Defensive Player of the Year Award. Brown, who hails from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., set a new freshman record with 78 steals this season and cemented herself as the team’s top perimeter defender. Her steal total was the most by a Seminole since Alicia Gladden had 101 in the 2004-05 season.
The Seminoles achieved several feats in their most recent season, finishing with a 21-12 overall record to mark their eighth 20-win season under 17-year head coach Sue Semrau. FSU reached the NCAA Second Round for the 11th straight time it has entered postseason play, earning a No. 10 seed in the Field of 64.
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