December 29, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State women’s basketball leading scorer
Latavia Coleman, a junior forward from Macon, Ga., suffered a season-ending
knee injury in an evening practice on Saturday, December 26th. An MRI
revealed yesterday that Coleman has a complex tear of the cartilage and a
significant ACL tear in her right knee, the same knee that she has surgery
on to repair torn cartilage in October of 1997. She will undergo surgery
in 3-4 weeks.
Coleman was averaging 20.8 points per game, second in the Atlantic
Coast Conference, and was second on the team in rebounding at 7.0 rebounds
per game. She was having a stellar season, having scored in double figures
in all 10 games, including 30 vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech and 38 in the
overtime loss to No. 8 North Carolina. Even more remarkable has been her
shooting accuracy of .547. The junior forward shot 50 percent or better in
seven games and was averaging a team-high 15.0 field goal attempts per
game, making 8.2 of them.
Freshman guard Angela Sutton will also miss at least two weeks of
action after suffering a mid-foot sprain to her right foot in the same
practice. Sutton, who has started the past three games for the Tribe, is
averaging 6.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Senior Arleshia Davidson, a forward from Marietta, Ga., and
freshman guard April Traylor of Martinsville, Indiana, will likely get the
starting nods in place of Coleman and Sutton. Davidson is averaging 5.1
points and 2.5 rebounds per game while Traylor is at 7.6 points and 2.9
rebounds per game.
Florida State plays at No. 4 Georgia tomorrow night at 7:30.
Action can be heard on WNLS Radio, AM 1270. The Tribe will continue its
road trip with a 2 p.m. tilt vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday, Jan. 2nd. The
game will be aired live on Sunshine Network, Cable 23.