My TSU Experience: Rachel Allen
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
My TSU Experience: Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen was an integral part of the Lady Tiger program for the past four years. This past season, she helped TSU to an OVC Tournament Championship for the first time in 20 years. She was named to the OVC All-Tournament team after averaging 14 points and three assists in the tournament. She finished the season averaging an OVC third-best 5.0 assists per game while ranking third in the league in assist/turnover ratio. The Clarksville, Tenn. native ranked 13th in steals and scored in double-digits 12 times this season. She is also ranked third among TSU’s all-time career assist leaders. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May. She shared her TSU experience with tsutigers.com.

TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.

A:  My overall TSU experience was everything I needed and more. I grew as a person every year as well as an athlete. I made lifetime connections with some people I met. The journey wasn’t always easy but it was everything I needed to make me the person I am today.

TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?

A: l love the people and the environment.

TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?

A: I will miss being around my teammates every day. I will miss going to all the athletic events.

TSUTigers: What is your most memorable basketball moment at TSU?

A:  Without a doubt, winning the OVC with my sisters! I had so much fun and that was one of the best days of my life!

TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-basketball moment at TSU?

A: Bonding with my teammates in the apartments my freshmen/sophomore year.

TSUTigers: How do you feel social networking played a role in this season?

A: I think it had a major impact. Social networking was a way to remind the fans of when the games were.

TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?

A: Without a doubt, Mr. Jimmy Hodges! I met him my freshmen year and quickly found out he was from the same area as some of my family. He was my biggest supporter and encourager.

TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?

A:  Just work hard in the classroom and on the court. If you want to be successful you have to put in the extra time. They say hard work pays off! Also, I would say have fun but stay focus on the main goal.

TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?

A: Senior Seminar

TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?

A: Dr. Del La Mothe

TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of outside of basketball?

A:  FCA

TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?

A:  Coach Janna pushed me spiritually, as a person, and as a basketball player. Kesi Hess showed me how to be a leader. Coach McGee pushed me and instilled within me I can be as great as I want to be!

TSUTigers: What’s next for you?

A: Going back to school to get my masters in sports management.

TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?

A: I’ll always stay connected with my younger teammates and I’ll come back to games.

TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?

A: I know now what is really important to me in life.

TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?

A: God will never leave me or forsake me!

TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?

A: Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me! Thank you to my family and friends! Thank you to my teammates, I love you all so much. Thank you to my coaches for believing in me. I’m not done yet, the best is yet to come! Thank you.

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