TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FSU Women's basketball team celebrated their historic season with a banquet at the practice facility Sunday evening.
With former Seminole and current graduate assistant Morgan Toles providing tons of laughter as host of “Seminole Night Live,” those in attendance were treated to an event full of speeches, video highlights, game skits and awards at the FSU Basketball Training Center. It was all a fitting tribute to FSU’s NCAA Elite Eight season.
Adut Bulgak was voted the team's most valuable player. The Edmonton, Canada, resident led FSU in points per game (12.3), rebounds per game (9.5), offensive rebounds (113), defensive rebounds (219), total rebounds (332), field goals made (162), blocked shots (54) and double-doubles (12).
The Sue Galkantas Offensive Player of the Year was sophomore point guard Leticia Romero. The Las Palmas, Spain, native was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American as her mid-season arrival onto the playing floor added more firepower to the Seminole offense. Romero joined Notre Dame’s Lindsay Allen as the two players who were in the Top 10 in field goal percentage (50.4) and assists (5.4) in ACC play.
Sophomore forward Ivey Slaughter was awarded the Alicia Gladden Defensive Player of the Year. The Macon, Ga., native led the team far and away in charges while finishing second on the team with 219 total rebounds. Slaughter was often assigned the task of guarding the opposing team’s best post player.
The Matthew Schmauch Leadership Award went to redshirt senior guard Maegan Conwright. After spending just one playing season with the Seminoles, Conwright became a strong guiding presence through her on-floor leadership and her experience as a Division I athlete.
The Ronalda Pierce Heart Award was received by redshirt freshman forward Gabby Bevillard and redshirt senior Lauren Coleman. Both players have been saddled by serious injuries but each in their own ways has proven to overcome them. Bevillard earns the honor for the second consecutive year. Coleman was also given the newly created Seminole Captains Award.
***Courtesy FSU Athletics