March Madness: FSU star freshman Ta'Niya Latson out of NCAA tournament with injury
Florida State announced on Thursday that Ta'Niya Latson, its star freshman, will miss the NCAA tournament with an undisclosed injury.
Upon further medical evaluation, freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson will miss the upcoming NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Sophomore guard O’Mariah Gordon will also be out for the remainder of the NCAA postseason due to injury.
— FSU Women's Basketball (@fsuwbb) March 16, 2023
Latson was the best player in the ACC before the unknown injury. She averaged 21.3 points per game and hit double-digit points in 29 of 31 games this season. She also set the single-season conference freshman scoring record with 659 total points, and was named ACC Rookie of the Year.
"We with our medical team and our group as a whole, along with Ta’Niya, just decided that she wouldn’t be ready for this tournament unfortunately," FSU coach Brooke Wyckoff said at a news conference on Thursday. "We’re going to miss her but we’re still really excited about this matchup and this opportunity."
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O’Mariah Gordon, FSU's leading scorer off the bench, will also miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed injury. She averaged 6.9 points per game.
This is the second piece of major injury news to come out of the ACC on Thursday morning. Earlier in the day, Notre Dame announced its star sophomore Olivia Miles has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.
No. 7 seed Florida State will face No. 10 Georgia on Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.