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FSU’s Wyckoff Named ESPNW’s Coach of the Week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Women’s Basketball Interim Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff was named ESPNW’s Coach of the Week on Monday. The Seminoles were also credited with the ESPNW Win of the Week after defeating No. 3 Louisville, 68-59, at home on Sunday.

Wyckoff led the Seminoles to their highest-ranked win at home since defeating No. 3 Duke on Jan. 29, 2009. Junior guard Morgan Jones sparked Florida State with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the big victory, drawing 11 fouls and going 12-of-15 from the line.

Wyckoff, a Seminole All-American from 1997-01, has defied expectations in her first season as the Interim Head Coach. Florida State was selected to finish eighth in the ACC in the league’s preseason predictions by the head coaches, but is fourth in the conference with a 9-6 overall record and an 8-6 ACC mark.

The Seminoles have risen above several challenges this season. Florida State has had 15 games re-scheduled this year, and have endured several key injuries that forced players to either sit out the season and return later in the year. FSU had three non-conference games canceled and went through a span of 40+ practices to start the season with just one game played (season-opening win over Florida on Dec. 1).

Having to spend her first season coaching through a pandemic and trying to slowly fill the shoes of FSU legend Sue Semrau, Wyckoff and the Seminoles have begun to hit their stride after winning three of the last five games. Previous role players to begin the season like juniors Kourtney Weber (13.1 ppg, 47.1% shooting) and Morgan Jones (14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg) have stepped up mightily this season.

Players also have had to play out of position but have exceeded in their new roles, including point guard Bianca Jackson (13.1 ppg, 53 assists) and sophomore guard Sammie Puisis (5.1 rebounds per game playing as a low-post defender).

Having entered the season losing their ‘Big Three’ last year in seniors Kiah Gillespie, Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk, Wyckoff has guided the Seminoles admirably in a season that already had its inherent challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helpful to Florida State’s resurgence has been the recent play of point guard Tiana England, a St. John’s transfer who made her Seminole debut on Feb. 7 at Miami.

Florida State hopes to clinch another Top-4 seed in the ACC Tournament as it finishes its regular season this week. FSU heads to Notre Dame on Thursday at 7 p.m., then hosts its final home game on Sunday vs. Wake Forest at Noon.

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