Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas named espnW’s player of the week
Powered by homecoming queen and star guard Victoria Vivians, the Bulldogs beat Tennessee on Sunday and appear to be even better than last year’s national runner-up team.
It helped create a four-way tie atop the ACC with Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Virginia all at 6-1. The Seminoles (18-2) take on the Irish next and have a week to prepare, as they’ll host Notre Dame on Jan. 28 (ESPN2, 4 p.m. ET).
Also nominated: Kalani Brown; Baylor; Cierra Dillard, Buffalo; Haley Gorecki, Duke; Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon; Kaylee Jensen, Oklahoma State; Paris Kea, North Carolina; Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame; Hallie Thome, Michigan; Kat Tudor, Oregon State
West Virginia announced Tuesday that junior guard Tynice Martin, last year’s Big 12 tournament most outstanding player, will redshirt this season with a foot injury.
She was hurt at USA Basketball U-23 team trials in August and had surgery soon after. The Mountaineers expected her back for this season, but she had to have an additional surgery recently, and the team and Martin decided she wouldn’t return until next season. The 5-foot-11 Martin led West Virginia and was second in the Big 12 in scoring last season at 18.6 points per game and also led the league in minutes played per game at 35.6.
They’ve lost once at home — to Florida at the buzzer, Pearl said. They’ve played a very tough schedule. They’re really good. They’re big, they’re deep, they’re picked really high in our league — they’re one of the better ball-screen teams that I’ve seen, and they shoot the 3 really well.