NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team held its first official practice of the 2016-17 season Monday night in the Gentry Center.
After the initial stretch and warm up the team began practice with ball handling drills before moving to other full court workouts.
The energy picked up when the Lady Tigers began transition work. The first part of the drill had three players on the court while the second phase increased the number to five players.
“I think it went well,” said senior Forward Jayda Johnson. “We worked on a lot of competitive drills, competing against each other and that’s what we need. I feel like everyone stepped it up and we were all vocal.”
The liveliness of practice continued to increase as the night went on and when the teams split for position work, each group got in a number of drills. The guards were on one end of court working on shooting, individual defense, passing and offensive attacks. On the opposite end of the court the post players focused on establishing position, defense, rebounding and scoring in the paint.
Practice concluded with a high intensity rebounding and scoring drill that had each player competing against one another. The goal was to score five points first and Jayda Johnson came away with the victory.
“Being a senior, its more on the line. Its like do or die at this point so you really give it all you got. Right now my mentality is to practice like it’s my last.”
The Lady Tigers have nine returners from last year’s team and five newcomers including transfer Olivia Jones. TSU’s first game of the season is on Nov. 12 at Xavier.