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OVC Champions Return to the Gentry Center
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
OVC Champions Return to the Gentry Center


Nashville --- On Saturday, Jan. 31, TSU athletics celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Tennessee State University women’s basketball OVC Championship Team.

The 1994-95 Lady Tiger basketball team boasted many accomplishments twenty years go including posting an overall record of 22-7. The team went 12-4 in the league on the way to claiming the program’s second consecutive OVC title. In addition to winning the OVC Tournament Championship, the Lady Tigers were the OVC regular season champs and earned an NCAA Tournament Berth.

The reunion was a chance for the team, coaches and managers to reconnect as well as be celebrated for their accomplishments.

The day began with a reception before the TSU vs. Jacksonville State basketball game. During the gathering, the Lady Tigers reminisced about their playing experiences and finally shared with Coach Teresa Phillips some of their inside jokes from years ago.

“Well my first thought is, I want to run them again for everything that I didn’t get them for when they were playing for me,” said Phillips jokingly.” But since they’re a little older now we’re going to let that go. This is a great group of women. You can tell that they were winners just by our interactions here. They don’t see each other often but they just picked up conversations from the last time they saw each other whether it was Homecoming or another event like this. Its something interesting about a championship team because the team chemistry part never goes away.”

The reception was also an opportunity for the ‘95 Lady Tigers to show their loved ones where they played as well as introduce them to their teammates.

“It’s really wonderful to be able to comeback and share this time with everybody”, said Tequila Holloway - Cornelius. “On the way over, I was talking to my daughter about what it meant to me. I wanted to be able to share this with her because being a Lady Tiger and having that accomplishment, as I explained to her, really grew me up. These were my young adult years that were wonderful. Being on a team with strong women, with strong personalities, drive and ambition really helped prepare me for the life that I live today.”

Following the reception, the 1995 OVC Champions headed down to their courtside seats to watch the current Lady Tigers take on the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State.

At the conclusion of the contest, the Champions were recognized at center court for their accomplishments twenty years ago.

A crowd of more than 1,200 Big Blue supporters were on hand to celebrate the 1995 Lady Tiger Basketball Team.