Sophomore guard Ta’Niya Latson put together one of the best freshman campaigns in NCAA Women’s Basketball history last year, averaging 21.3 points per game and setting the ACC single-season freshman scoring record with 659 total points. She returns as one of the conference’s most hyped players in 2023-24.
The Core and More
Florida State is one of four ACC programs that return their top three scorers from a season ago in sophomore guard Ta’Niya Latson (21.3), junior forward Makayla Timpson (13.2) and fifth-year guard Sara Bejedi (10.8). FSU’s returning trio brings back the most scoring of the ACC’s trios that return.
Year 2: Let’s Go Fast
Florida State was one of the nation’s fastest teams last season under the direction of Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff and offensive guru Bill Ferrara. FSU’s 79.3 points per game was its most since the 2017-18 season. With the return of key pieces and the addition of talented newcomers, FSU’s offense could have bigger things in store for the 2023-24 season.
FSU’s six newcomers have a chance to pack an offensive punch to the team, headlined by UC Santa Barbara graduate transfer guard Alexis Tucker and top-ranked JUCO player Sakyia White. Tucker had seven 20-point games last season with the Gauchos and led the Seminoles in scoring in their two games overseas this summer when they went to Greece and Croatia. White is a double-double machine who averaged 18.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and shot 54.9 percent from the floor with Jones College in 2022-23.
No Nonsense in Non-Conference
The Seminoles have a loaded non-conference slate, which includes No. 11 Tennessee (home), Florida (road), Northwestern (neutral), possibly No. 15 Stanford (neutral), Arkansas (home) and No. 4 UCLA (neutral).
Florida State enters the season ranked 18th in the Preseason AP Poll, its first preseason rank since being 16th prior to the 2021-22 season. FSU was selected 22nd in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, and has been pegged 15th by ESPN, 16th by The Athletic and 17th by Lindy’s Sports Magazine.