Former Lady Tigers Darlene Crawley-Morrow and Briana Morrow both share the experience of winning OVC Championships with the Tennessee State women’s basketball program during their senior years.
On Saturday, March 7, 2015 the Lady Tigers defeated four-time defending OVC Champion UT Martin in overtime, 64-60, to win the 2015 OVC Tournament Championship.
The title was the first since 1995.
Coaches and players celebrated the historic victory by dancing at center court, while others hugged and nearly everyone shed a tear.
The game capped an improbable run that saw the Lady Tigers win 10-straight down the stretch.
A key contributor to the success was senior Briana Morrow who poured in 15 points and eight rebounds in the Friday and Saturday matchups.
However, the momentous occasion might not have ever happened were it not for what took place 21 years before.
In 1994, the TSU women’s basketball team posted a 20-9 record and beat Tennessee Tech in the OVC Tournament for the program’s first OVC title. Darlene Crawley - Morrow, the mother of Briana Morrow, was a member of that championship team.
Even at one year of age, Briana was, in her words “on the sideline, kickin’ it” while watching her mother take the court.
In 2015, Darlene was courtside to watch her daughter accomplish the same feat she did while she was a Lady Tiger and even got near the court for the celebration.
“My mom was ecstatic and I think she was more excited for me than I was. She would always tell me about her experiences and then show off her ring… mine is going to be a lot nicer than hers,” Morrow laughed.
“I went to the same middle school, high school and college as my mom and she is a big inspiration for me. It’s a special feeling knowing that I am doing what I dreamed about doing and following in my mom’s footsteps.”