Nashville, Tenn. --- Tennessee State senior Chelsea Hudson was named to the Preseason All-OVC First Team while the Lady Tigers were predicted to finish the 2014-15 campaign in sixth place.
In a poll voted on by the league head coaches and sports information directors, TSU received two first place votes and a total of 144 points.
The Lady Tigers finished fourth in the East Division last season with a record of 12-18 (9-7 OVC). TSU made its seventh consecutive appearance in the post season but fell to Eastern Kentucky, 79-75, in the second round of the OVC Tournament.
Tennessee State returns 10 letterwinners from last year’s team including preseason All-OVC selection Chelsea Hudson. Hudson led the Lady Tigers with 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season while posting nine double-doubles throughout the course of the year.
Hudson was Tennessee State’s leading scorer in 15 of the team’s 30 contests and its leading rebounder in 20. She poured in 30 points against Jacksonville State and 36 at Kennesaw State while notching the 20-point mark five times. The Midland, Texas native finished the season ranked fourth in the OVC in overall rebounding and eighth in scoring.
Also returning for the Lady Tigers is senior guard Rachel Allen. The 5-5 point guard was the anchor for the TSU offense averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per outing as a junior. A native of Clarksville, Tenn., she posted double-digits 20-times and recorded her first career double-double of 12 points and 10 assists against Tennessee Tech.
Tennessee State returns four starters and 86 percent of its offense from a year ago. Last season TSU led the OVC in offensive rebounds (16.2) while ranking second in steals (8.9) and fourth in scoring offense (69.4).
The Lady Tigers host Tennessee Temple in an exhibition on Nov. 10 before officially kicking-off the season at North Carolina State on Nov. 14.
1. Belmont (14 first-place votes) 224
2. UT Martin (Three first-place votes) 203
3. Jacksonville State (Two first-place votes) 189
4. Tennesseee Tech 169
5. SIUE 152
6. Tennessee State (Two first-place votes) 144
7. Eastern Kentucky (Three first-place votes) 138
8. Eastern Illinois 92
9. Murray State 83
10. Southeast Missouri 73
11. Austin Peay 71
12. Morehead State 40
(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. 11 points awarded for a first-place vote, 10 for second, etc.)
2014-15 Preseason All-OVC Women’s Basketball Team
(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
Jordyn Luffman, Belmont* G/F 6-1 Sr. Lawrenceburg, Tenn. 14.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg
Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois# F 6-2 Sr. Bratislava, Slovakia 16.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg
Candace Morton, Jacksonville State# G 5-8 Sr. Lexington, Ky. 16.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Almesha Jones, Morehead State# G 5-6 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio 14.7 ppg, 6.0 apg
Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee State# F 6-0 RSr. Midland, Texas 15.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg
Ashia Jones, UT Martin #% F 6-1 So. Covington, Tenn. 13.1 ppg, 58.5 FG%
Destany McLin, Jacksonville State G 5-9 Jr. Athens, Ala. 13.8 ppg, 81.5 FT%
Tiasha Gray, Austin Peay G 5-8 Jr. Clarksville, Tenn. 15.1 ppg, 2.2 spg
Keiona Kirby, Murray State G 5-9 Sr. Jackson, Tenn. 18.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Tierny Austin, SIUE G 5-9 Sr. Rockford, Ill. 13.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg
* - 1st team All-OVC in 2013-14 # - 2nd team All-OVC in 2013-14 % - OVC All-Newcomer team in 2013-14
Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Jordyn Luffman, Belmont