Seminole Sunday Sauce — Dec. 18, 2022: Nighswonger, Latson Take Home Lots of Hardware for FSU’s Women’s Teams
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Seminole Sunday Sauce — Dec. 18, 2022: Nighswonger, Latson Take Home Lots of Hardware for FSU’s Women’s Teams

Florida State’s women’s programs traditionally do pretty well, but a couple standouts have taken home lots of hardware in recent weeks.

Although soccer season is over, senior midfielder Jenna Nighswonger continues to receive accolades. This week, Nighswonger was named Scholar Player of the Year for the United Soccer Coaches. The award recognizes her achievement on the field and in the classroom.

Jenna Nighswonger has received plenty of individual accolades for 2022. (Florida State athletics)

Nighswonger was also named a finalist for the Honda Award and the MAC Hermann Trophy. Those two honors recognize the nation’s best player. This past season, Nighswonger tallied six goals and 16 assists as the Seminoles won the ACC before reaching a third straight College Cup. She was previously named first-team All-ACC and a first-team All-American by multiple publications.

For the fifth straight week, FSU women’s hoops freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson was named the ACC Rookie of the Week. She was also named Tamika Catchings National Freshman Player of the Week.

This season, Latson has also garnered ACC Player of the Week honors. Averaging 25.4 points per game, Latson leads the ACC in scoring. She also ranks in the top 10 in the conference in field goal percentage (.521) and free throw percentage (.800).

Latson is a huge reason for FSU’s 11-1 start to the season. She’ll have the chance to earn some more national attention on Sunday as the Seminoles take on No. 9 Connecticut in the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase. The contest in Uncasville, Conn. is set for 1 p.m. ET and will air nationally on ESPN.

Football

Record: 9-3
Ranking: No. 13 AP; No. 13 AFCA Coaches Poll; No. 13 College Football Playoff
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: vs. Oklahoma (Cheez-It Bowl, Dec. 29)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: Jamorie Flagg, 2024 DE* (Unranked*)
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 18 nationally, third in ACC (16 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU made some roster additions this week. The Seminoles secured key commitments from South Carolina tight end transfer Jaheim Bell and Shorter tight end transfer Kyle Morlock.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 19 CSCAA; Women No. 24 CSCAA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: CSCAA Open Water Nationals (Sunday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After some time off, FSU will return to the water on Sunday.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 3-10 (1-1 ACC)
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (1-1), beat South Carolina-Upstate on Tuesday, 80-63; lost St. John’s on Saturday in Orange Bowl Classic, 93-79
Upcoming: vs. Notre Dame (Wednesday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 61 nationally, 10th in ACC (1 total commitment)*
Big Picture: FSU picked up a second straight win, but came crashing down to earth on Saturday against St. John’s.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 11-1
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (2-0), beat Texas Southern on Sunday, 108-51; beat Presbyterian on Thursday, 98-37
Upcoming: vs. Connecticut (Sunday, Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase); vs. Miami (Wednesday)
Recognitions: Ta’Niya Latson, G (ACC Rookie of the Week, USBWA National Freshman of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU will have its biggest test of the season on Sunday against UConn. With a win, FSU will almost certainly debut in the polls.

*Rankings according to 247Sports Composite

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