Tracee Wells Named OVC Coach of the Year
Friday, March 7, 2008

Nashville---- Head women’s basketball coach Tracee Wells was honored as the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. Juniors Kendra Appling and Oby Okafor also received OVC honors.


Wells picks up her first OVC Coach of the Year award after guiding Tennessee State to its second OVC Tournament appearance in the last four years. The Lady Tigers posted 10 league victories for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Wells, who is one of four OVC skippers to be coaching her alma mater, is just the second TSU coach to receive Coach of the Year honors. Current Tennessee State Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips earned the award three times.


Junior guard Kendra Appling, an All-OVC first team selection finished the regular season ranked in the top ten in four categories. She led the league in steals (2.59 spg), while ranking 4th in scoring (17.6), eighth in three point percentage (.403), and seventh in made three pointers per game (1.79).


Junior forward Oby Okafor was selected to the All-OVC second team. She finished the regular season leading the OVC in offensive rebounds with 4.55 boards per outing.  She also ranked fifth in scoring (17.0 ppg), sixth in field goal percentage (.501) and eighth in overall rebounding (8.3 rpg).




(voted on by the league's head basketball coaches and sports information directors)



NAME, SCHOOL                                   POS.    HT.       CL.       HOMETOWN

Ashley Hayes, Murray State                   G          5'10      Jr.         Humboldt, Tennessee

Rachel Galligan, Eastern Illinois*             F          6'2        Jr.         Bloomington, Illinois

Missy Whitney, Southeast Missouri#       F/C       6'2        Sr.        Charleston, Missouri

Crystal Jones, Eastern Kentucky#           G          5'9        Sr.        Indianapolis, Indiana

Amber Guffey, Murray State#                  G          5'8        Jr.         Albany, Kentucky

Kendra Appling, Tennessee State       G          5'7        Sr.        Jackson, Georgia



NAME, SCHOOL                                   POS.    HT.       CL.       HOMETOWN

Oby Okafor, Tennessee State              G/F       5'9        Jr.        Rolla, Missouri

Crystal Fuller, UT Martin                         F/C       6'0        Sr.        Huntingdon, Tennessee

Tarina Nixon, Southeast Missouri            G          5'6        Jr.         Gilbert, Arizona

Emily London, Samford                          G          5'7        Fr.        Lexington, Kentucky

Chynna Bozeman, Morehead State         G          5'7        Fr.        Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Kristina Tyler, Tennessee Tech               C          6'1        Sr         Flowery Branch, Georgia


Six players appear on the first and second team due to ties.



NAME, SCHOOL                                   POS.    HT.       CL.       HOMETOWN

Cierra Duhart, Jacksonville State             F          6'0        Fr.        Hawkinsville, Georgia

Chynna Bozeman, Morehead State         G          5'7        Fr.        Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Emily London, Samford                          G          5'6        Fr.        Lexington, Kentucky

Dominique Sims, Eastern Illinois             G          5'10      So.       Wichita Falls, Texas

Ashley Herring, Austin Peay                   G/F       5'9        Fr.        Memphis, Tennessee


OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ashley Hayes, Murray State

OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Emily London, Samford

OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Tracee Wells, Tennessee State

* - 2006-07 First Team All-OVC

# - 2006-07 Second Team All-OVC