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FSU women add transfer guard Taylor O’Brien

Florida State women’s basketball coach Brooke Wyckoff announced the addition of talented scoring guard Taylor O’Brien, a graduate transfer from Bucknell.

“Taylor is a dynamic and experienced guard who has had a great deal of success in her college career,” Wyckoff said. “She is more than ready to step in and make an impact on our team and in the ACC. We are excited about the skill, versatility and energy she will bring on both ends of the floor. Her high character is a perfect fit with the team we are building.” 

The 5-foot-9 O’Brien emerged as a Top 100 scorer in Division I last season, leading the Bison with 16.7 points per game and adding 6.5 rebounds as well as 2.2 steals in 33.5 minutes. The native of Lafayette Hill, Pa., filled the scoring column in her senior season with 10 20-point games, highlighted by a 35-point outburst in a 73-64 win over Fordham in the WNIT on March 18.

The graduate transfer led the Bison to the Patriot League Final last season. Against Ohio State in the 2021-22 season opener on the road, O’Brien dropped 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. In her 34 games played as a senior, she scored in double figures in 31 games.

O’Brien finished in the top 100 last year nationally in field goal attempts (29th), steals (34th), minutes played (42nd), field goals made (44th), total points (49th), free throws made (64th), free throws attempted (75th), steals per game (75th) and points per game (91st).

A tremendous all-around athlete, O’Brien also participated on Bucknell’s Track and Field team and was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection in 2019. She set the program record in the outdoor high jump at 5 feet, 7 ¼ inches.

As a sophomore at Bucknell, O’Brien led the Bison with 42 steals while averaging 8.8 points per game.

O’Brien was Named Miss Pennsylvania as a standout performer at Plymouth Whitemarsh High, where she amassed a school-record 2,040 career points.