Tennessee State senior Rachel Allen was a recipient of the the A.D Hancock-Walter Nipper Basketball Sportsmanship Award on Wednesday, April 1 during a luncheon at Swett’s restaurant in Nashville.
Allen has been the floor general for the Lady Tiger basketball program for the past four seasons. As a senior, she averaged 10.2 ppg during TSU’s record-breaking 10-game winning streak and was the team’s fourth leading scorer.
The Hancock-Nipper Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to a player from each of the Davidson County college teams that best displays outstanding sportsmanship qualities. The award is named after two long-time members of the Nashville City Civitan Club: A.D. Hancock, a highly-respected educator, and Walter Nipper, owner of Nashville Sporting Goods, who contributed much to the Nashville community.
Allen, who completed her career at Tennessee State last month, started every game this season and jumped to the top of TSU’s all-time three-point shooting percentage list. She moved into third place in all-time career assists while averaging 5.0 helpers per game and ranking third in the OVC.
The Clarksville, Tenn. native was named to the OVC All-Tournament team after posting 14 points and six assists per game through three games. Allen was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range and scored 20 points in the opening round versus Morehead State.
“Rachel is so deserving of this award,” commented head coach Larry Inman. “She possesses the utmost in character and does an outstanding job as a basketball player but even more so as a person. She has touched my life in a positive way as a coach simply by the example she sets every day. The work that she puts in is more than the ordinary person and she is now reaping the benefits of all that solid hard work. Her devotion and dedication, not only to herself but to her teammates, is immeasurable.”