Chelsea Hudson was a four-year letterwinner with the TSU women’s basketball team. During the 2014-15 campaign, she was an integral part of the team’s record breaking season that saw the Lady Tigers win the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship for the first time in 20 years. As a senior, she averaged 14.2 points while pulling down 7.7 rebounds per game. A native of Midland, Texas, she earned BoxtoRow All-American honors and was named to the All-OVC Second team. More than halfway through the season, she eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone before being named to the OVC All-Tournament Team. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in 2013 and is expected to complete requirements for a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction December 2015. She shared her TSU Experience with tsutigers.com.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: TSU has been a rollercoaster but I would not have it any other way. My college experiences have been full of laughs, fun, struggles, miracles, tears, joy, and heartache and much more, all of which I am beyond thankful for.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: I love the family atmosphere. Being able to walk across campus knowing that those around you genuinely care about you.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: I would have to say my teammates over the past five years, the bus rides, laughter and memories created with so many different people.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable basketball moment at TSU?
A: Winning OVC and sharing those moments with all my TSU family.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-basketball moment at TSU?
A: Graduating in three years and seeing my family in the stands proud.
TSUTigers: How do you feel social networking played a role in the season?
A: It was a big deal. Being tagged in photos, tweets, and seeing all the support was pretty cool.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: I cannot say favorite because it is an entire clan. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher, Coach Patrick, Ms. Tonja, Ms. Gwen, Mrs. Pinkerton, Mr. Greg, Tobias, Bianca, Nette, Mr. and Mrs. Maypray, and Mr. Deon (Our basketball bus driver)
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: Time management and prioritizing will be your best friend. Enjoy college and make new friends, but remember why you came here. Put God first and work to be the best you that you can be.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: Mary Pangle in the Education Department
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of outside of basketball?
A: Women of Infinite Potential, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Saved in the City, Martha O’Bryan Tutor, McKissack Reading Clinic Tutor
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: Teresa Philips, Mr. Hodges, and Lee “Daddy” Brown. Thank you for all your talks, prayers, and tough words that helped to mold and grow me while here.
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: My future includes student teaching, coaching, and working to play professionally.
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: Supporting the future Lady Tigers
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: Being proactive is the best way to be. Sometimes you must do things that you don’t want to in order to get the things you need. Set yourself up with options that way you control your destiny not someone else.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: Life is what you make it. Everyone has a story. Everyone is going through something. It’s the way carry yourself that will ultimately set you apart. How you handle a challenge or even deal with excitement will affect you and those around you.
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: Thank you so much for all your support. All your praises, critiques, and love is greatly appreciated. I am truly proud and will forever be a Lady Tiger of THE Tennessee State University.