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Tech duo named to Preseason All-OVC team; Golden Eagles picked first in east


By Jocelyn VerVelde, Sports Information Coordinator

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With just two weeks left until the tipoff of the 2013-14 season, two members of the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team have been named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team and the Golden Eagles are the top choice in the OVC East.

Junior Diamond Henderson and senior Molly Heady have been named to the 10-athlete list as voted on by OVC coaches and sports information directors. Both athletes played in all 31 games last season for the Golden Eagles.

A 2012-13 first-team All-OVC player, Henderson averaged 15.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and scored a career-high 31 points against Akron last November.

Heady has been a solid contributor during her time at Tech. She averaged 6.7 points and 4.5 rebounds last season while shooting .443 from the field, and .409 from behind the three-point arch. Following the season she was honored with the John P. Hendrix Leadership award by the Tech coaching staff for her leadership on and off the court.

Tennessee Tech won its 18th regular-season title last season after going 19-12 overall and 12-4 in the OVC. The Golden Eagles made their third straight trip to the championship game of the league tournament. 

The Golden Eagles were also honored by receiving the most votes in the east division and were predicted to be in first place for the division. Tech received the second most points to UT Martin, who won the OVC tournament last season.

The Tennessee Tech women's basketball team will host Truett-McConnell on Nov. 5 in an exhibition game and will open the regular season hosting Tennessee Wesleyan on Nov. 9. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m. CDT.

 

2013-14 OVC Women’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish

(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

EAST

Order of Finish                                             Points

1. Tennessee Tech (12 first-place votes)             119
2. Belmont (Nine first-place votes)                     115
3. Eastern Kentucky  (Three first-place votes)       95
4. Morehead State                                              66
5. Tennessee State                                             65
6. Jacksonville State                                           32 

WEST

Order of Finish                                   Points

1. UT Martin (22 first-place votes)                      132
2. SIUE (Two first-place votes)                           103
3. Eastern Illinois                                                85
4. Murray State                                                  68
5. Southeast Missouri                                          61
6. Austin Peay                                                    42 

(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. 6 points awarded for a first-place vote, five for second, etc.

 

2013-14 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Team
(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
 

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin

Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin *
Heather Butler, UT Martin*        
Diamond Henderson, Tennessee Tech* 
Terrice Robinson, Morehead State#      
Marie Carpenter, Eastern Kentucky      
Tierny Austin, SIUE      
Almesha Jones, Morehead State
Jordyn Luffman, Belmont
Kara Wright, Southeast Missouri%       
Molly Heady, Tennessee Tech   

* - 1st team All-OVC in 2012-13
# - 2nd team All-OVC in 2012-13
% - OVC All-Newcomer team in 2012-13