Brentwood, Tenn. --- Tennessee State women’s basketball seniors Jayda Johnson and I’mani Davis were named to the 2016-17 Ohio Valley Conference preseason team.
Both Lady Tigers led the team in scoring and rebounding while earning all-conference honors last season.
Jayda Johnson, a 2015-16 All-OVC First team selection, led TSU in scoring with 15.7 points while pulling down 6.8 rebounds per outing. She finished the season ranked second in offensive rebounding (3.3), sixth in scoring and eighth in overall rebounding.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Johnson scored in double figures 26 times and recorded seven double-doubles on the season. She posted a season-high 28 points versus Murray State and pulled down a season-best 13 rebounds at Eastern Illinois. The 6-0 forward was named a BoxtoRow All-American and was selected to the TLP Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team.
I’mani Davis was named to the All-OVC second team last season after averaging 12.3 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game. She finished the 2015-16 campaign ranked in the OVC’s top 20 in seven different categories: Defensive rebounds (2nd), overall rebounding (4th), steals (7th), blocked shots (8th), minutes played (10th), three-point field goal percentage (14th) and scoring (18th). The Tulsa, Okla. native scored in double-digits 21 times and notched six double-doubles last season. Davis, a 6-0 guard, was named to the TLP Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team.
In a poll voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, Tennessee State was selected to finish the 2016-17 season in 7th place. Last season, TSU went 12-18 and finished 8th in the OVC after posting a 7-9 record in league play. The Lady Tigers fell to the eventual champion Belmont in the first round of the OVC tournament.
“We will use this pick as motivation,” said head coach Larry Inman. “We have good experience coming back and a transfer coming in that was Conference USA preseason player of the year. The bottom line is, it’s how you finish at the end of the season. Regardless of what the polls say, that is what’s important.”
Tennessee State returns nine players from last year’s team including two starters while five newcomers join the team.
The Lady Tigers will officially begin the season on Nov. 12 at Xavier.
2016-17 OVC Women’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
Order of Finish
Belmont (21 first-place votes)
UT Martin (One first-place vote)
Eastern Kentucky (Two first-place votes)
t5. Murray State
t5. Southeast Missouri