TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball student-athletes Sayawni Lassiter and Savannah Wilkinson and indoor volleyball’s Tiana Jackson have been honored as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, released on Thursday in the latest Diverse publication.
The three Seminoles, whom are Florida State University’s representatives on the scholar list, have contributed in many ways from the athletic and academic side to molding themselves into well-rounded student-athletes.
Lassiter and Wilkinson were key members of Florida State’s recent season that included a 24-9 overall record and a 10-6 conference mark despite not returning a single starter from the 2017-18 year.
Lassiter, who has a sophomore academic standing but is a redshirt freshman on the court, is a finance major from Dorchester, Mass. With injuries saddling Florida State with just eight healthy bodies, Lassiter was a substantial component off the bench who provided strong defense and chipped in with some big buckets offensively.
Her crowning moment of the season came in a big win over rival Miami on Jan. 31, recording a career-high 11 points and sinking all eight of her free throw attempts. Most of Lassiter’s free throws came down the stretch in big moments, and it was FSU’s first game having to play with just eight players after Amaya Brown went down the previous game at Virginia Tech with a season-ending knee injury.
Lassiter is part of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Third Team.
Wilkinson’s unselfish nature was on display throughout this past season, moving to the low post after having played guard through the majority of her career. The London, England, native sacrificed her original position because the Seminoles lacked low-post players due to injury.
Wilkinson was named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Second Team, and through her first two years she has excelled as a marketing major. Averaging 23 minutes per game primarily off the bench, Wilkinson pulled down 4.5 rebounds per game – the third-most on the team.
Jackson finished her sophomore season as a middle blocker for the indoor volleyball team. The native of St. Louis, Mo., is a human resource management major who helped Florida State to its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament, one of just 11 programs to carry that active streak.
Jackson averaged 0.49 blocks per set and had multiple performances this past season where she recorded a season-best six total blocks. Jackson also had a season-best seven kills at Virginia on Sept. 28, 2018, contributing to a 3-0 sweep. She was honored on the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Third Team.