NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team returned to the court for the first official practice of the 2015-16 season on Monday.
The defending Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Champions got to work early this morning with a 5:30 a.m. start in the Gentry Center.
The Lady Tigers opened up practice with ball handling before moving to a variety of offensive and defensive drills.
“I thought we started off rather slow,” commented head coach Larry Joe Inman. “Our energy was not what we want it to be when we have practice but it’s the first day. We have to be more passionate to be successful but I thought we had a great attitudes as far as being receptive to what we were trying to teach.”
The team split into position work before turning the focus to offense and then defense for the rest of practice. The Lady Tigers returned seven letterwinners from last year’s team and welcomed six freshmen to the squad. Also returning for her first official year on the court is redshirt freshman Markayla Parker. With half of the team lacking on court experience, there was a lot to teach.
“We focused a lot on defense. Right now that’s one of our weaknesses we have to continue to work on. We’re pretty green with the seven freshmen but our older players, when they’re in, they create some great things for us on the defensive end. We know the way we are going to win is going to be with our defense.”
TSU continues practice tomorrow morning and opens the season at Indiana on Nov. 13 in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.