Evansville, Ind. --- Tennessee State University women’s basketball players Tia Wooten and Taylor Roberts were named to the 2018 Preseason All-OVC team as announced by the league office on Tuesday
Wooten finished last season as the second leading scorer in the OVC with 21.2 points per game while averaging 8.9 rebounds per outing. She was named to the 2017-18 All-OVC First Team while ranking 2nd in the conference in offensive rebounds and 3rd in defensive rebounds.
Taylor Roberts, an All-OVC Newcomer team selection as a freshman, posted in 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a rookie. She ranked 4th in the OVC in free-throw percentage, 6th in steals, 7th in offensive rebounds and 9th in scoring.
Wooten and Roberts combined for just over half of TSU’s total offense last season and hauled in six OVC weekly honors between them.
“Having two All-OVC selections coming back is a really big deal,” commented head coach Jessica Kern. “It’s nice to have consistent offense and seasoned players. We are looking for both of those players to be effective on the offensive and defensive ends. But more importantly we are looking for those two to be crowd favorites and put more butts in the seats.”
Tennessee State was predicted to finish the 2018-19 OVC campaign in 8th place by the league’s head coaches and media relations directors.
TSU finished the 2017-18 campaign with an overall record of 6-21 while posting a 4-14 mark in conference play. The Lady Tigers missed the OVC tournament after concluding last season in 11th place.
“It’s always nice when forward progress is recognized by the conference coaches overall. I think we have the equation to be extremely successful in the league this year. And as long as we’re moving forward, I think the program is moving in the right direction.
Big Blue has eight returners and eight newcomers on this year’s squad
The Lady Tigers will get their final tune up of the season against Cincinnati Christian in an exhibition game on Nov. 5 before the season opener at Lipscomb on Nov. 9.
2018-19 Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (20 fi rst-place votes) 240
2. UT Martin (Three fi rst-place votes) 204
3. Jacksonville State 180
4. Morehead State 179
5. Southeast Missouri 154
6. SIUE (One fi rst-place vote) 149
7. Tennessee Tech 112
8. Tennessee State 93
9. Austin Peay 86
10. Eastern Kentucky 62
11. Eastern Illinois 60
12. Murray State 58
2018-19 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Team
*Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Darby Maggard, Belmont
Darby Maggard, Belmont* G 5-5 Sr. Larwill, Ind. 16.6 ppg; 5.2 apg
Tia Wooten, Tennessee State* F 6-0 R-Sr. Memphis, Tenn. 21.2 ppg; 8.9 rpg
Miranda Crockett, Morehead State* G 5-8 Sr. Martinsville, Va. 14.9 ppg; 6.1 rpg
Tesia Thompson, Southeast Missouri# G 5-10 So. Memphis, Tenn. 12.8 ppg; 5.3 rpg
Jenny Roy, Belmont# G 5-11 Sr. Brentwood, Tenn. 7.8 ppg; 8.2 rpg
Chelsey Perry, UT Martin% F 6-2 So. Middleton, Tenn. 11.2 ppg; 5.7 rpg
Grace Lennox, Eastern Illinois G 5-4 R-Sr. Hobart, Tasmania 15.5 ppg; 3.0 rpg
Emanye Robertson, UT Martin G 5-8 Sr. Memphis, Tenn. 10.9 ppg; 4.4 apg
Mackenzie Coleman, Tennessee Tech% F 6-3 So. Edmonton, Ky 10.9 ppg; 5.6 rpg
Taylor Roberts, Tennessee State% G 5-11 So. Oklahoma City, Okla. 14.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg