The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team was named the Female Team of the Year at this year's annual AARP HBCU Awards.
The 2014-15 season was a historic run for the Lady Tigers. TSU upset four-time defending champion UT Martin to claim the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship on May 7. With the victory, the Lady Tigers claimed the OVC crown and earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in 20 years.
After closing out the regular season on a seven-game winning streak and going undefeated in the OVC Tournament, TSU broke a program record by winning 10 consecutive games.
The OVC champions finished the season with an overall record of 18-13 (12-4 OVC), the program’s first winning record since 2008-09.
On Wednesday, April 8, the Lady Tigers were honored at the Tennessee State Capitol with a resolution from the District 58 House of Representatives.
A full list of HBCU Digest winners:
Best Marching Band Alabama State University
Best Choir Morgan State University
Best Student Government Association Philander Smith College
Best Student Organization Nashville Student Organizing Committee
Best Student Newspaper Morehouse Maroon Tiger
Best Alumni Publication NCCU Now
Best Research Center H.U. Minority Men’s Health Initiative
Best Fine Arts Program VSU Dept of Art & Design
Best Business Program Edward Waters Dept. of Business
Best STEM Program NCA&T Dept of Electrical, Comp Engineering
Best Nursing Program Southern University
Best School of Social Work AAMU Dept of Social Work
Male Faculty Member of the Year Brian Seymour
Female Faculty Member of the Year Amber Johnson
Male Coach of the Year Ed Joyner
Female Coach of the Year Darlene Moore
Male Athlete of the Year John Gibbs
Female Athlete of the Year Nour Abbes
Men’s Team of the Year Alcorn State Football
Female Team of the Year Tenn. State Women’s Basketball
National Alumni Association of the Year Claflin University
Alumnus of the Year Michael Jones
Alumna of the Year Cecka Rose Green
Male Student of the Year Jared Loggins
Female Student of the Year Danyelle Carter
Male President of the Year Wayne Frederick
Female President of the Year Elmira Mangum
HBCU of the Year Claflin University