Tynice Martin To Miss Season, Take Medical Redshirt
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–It’s an announcement most new was inevitable, but still no one wanted to admit it, at least publicly.
But finally the expected became fact, as WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey revealed on Tuesday that junior guard Tynice Martin will miss the 2017-18 season.
The Atlanta native sustained a foot injury at USA Basketball U23 National Team Trials on Aug. 3, 2017, in Colorado Springs. She underwent surgery soon after with the hope of returning to the court this season. But WVU’s leading scorer from last season has not been able to play a game since her injury. Additional surgery was recently required, and she will now take a redshirt season for the 2017-18 academic year.
Martin was the 2017 Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player after leading scoring 82 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead WVU to the tournament title. She was named an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention as well as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention, becoming the first Mountaineer sophomore in program history to earn the accolades.
In the 2016-17 season, Martin led the team with 18.6 points per game. She ranked first in the Big 12 with 35.6 minutes played per game, second in scoring with 18.6 points per game, fifth with 2.2 three-point fields goals made per game, fifth with 1.8 steals per game, seventh with an 81.8 free throw percentage and 12th with a 36.5 3-point field goal percentage. Nationally, Martin ranked 10th in field goals attempted (571), 11th in minutes played (1,246), 20th in final points (651), 32nd in field goals made (227) and 40th in points per game (18.6 ppg).
Martin will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when she returns to the lineup in 2018-19.
Without Martin, the Mountaineers have still managed a 16-4 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Big 12 play. Though Teana Muldrow has shouldered much of the offensive load in Tynice’s absence, averaging 20.7 points a game, in many ways it’s been a collective effort to replace Martin. Five Mountaineers are averaging in double figures.
But depth remains an issue for Carey’s club, which typically only goes eight deep. Not only is Tynice Martin being medically redshirted, but fellow junior Anja Martin also has missed the entire season a hip injury. And two promising players for the future – Kysre Gondrezick and Lucky Rudd – are sitting out this year as transfers.