Florida State announced this afternoon that freshman guard Amaya Brown is lost for the season due to a right knee injury suffered in FSU’s come from behind victory over Virginia Tech yesterday. Brown fell to the floor after her knee buckled in a non-contact situation when she was executing the trapping defense that helped get FSU back in the game.
This would be an awful injury for anyone but it is especially cruel in this case. Brown suffered an ACL injury in her left knee in high school. She worked extremely hard to recover from it. She was also beginning to find her footing in Florida State's rotation as her minutes were increasing and she cracked the starting lineup in a couple of recent games.
This is an awful injury for Brown personally but it is also very unfortunate for Florida State. Brown's absence means that FSU will be without a player who was quickly developing into the team's best perimeter defender. Depth is now quickly becoming an issue. Brown's injury is the third season ending injury suffered by FSU this year. Earlier in the year it was announced that both Izabela Nicoletti and Iho Lopez would miss the entire season due to injury. Therefore, the Seminoles are now reduced to a roster of only eight players. There will be a lot of talent sitting on the sidelines in street clothes.
This is obviously a terrible turn of events. The only silver lining is that Amaya has proven that she can come back from an injury like this and be better than ever. We are confident that this will be another case of a setback before a big comeback.
Florida State will next take the court against Miami on Thursday at 7pm in Tallahassee.