COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – 2018-19 was a momentous season for the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team. From start to finish, the Golden Eagles made huge strides in returning to the program’s winning tradition, putting together one of the best turnarounds in NCAA basketball.
Now, as the 2019-20 season stands on the horizon, the Tech women look to build on that momentum with championship aspirations on their minds and their eyes set high on the future of Golden Eagle basketball.
It won’t be an easy task, however, as the Tech women come into the season with a tough slate full of challenges, yet interesting tests along the way.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After making a strong impression as a graduate manager a season ago, Emily Hatfield will now ascend the ranks of Kim Rosamond’s support staff, having been named the new Director of Operations for the Golden Eagle women’s basketball program.
“I'm excited to step into my new role,” Hatfield expressed. “I was blessed to work with the Tech women's basketball program last year as a graduate manager, and got to work closely with Coach Rosamond and the staff. Both of my parents are TTU alumni, so the campus and Cookeville community feels like home.”
“We are really excited to have the opportunity to elevate Emily into a full-time position with our staff,” Rosamond said. “For the last year, she has made us better in so many areas, and she has made a lasting impact on our team in a very short time. The Ops position demands organization, self-motivation, and constant communication; Emily possesses all these qualities and more.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Women’s basketball coach Kim Rosamond has added a second Coach of the Year honor to her resume for the 2018-19 season, as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association crowned Tech’s third-year bench boss its Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
“Thank you to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for recognizing our team and staff with this tremendous honor,” said Rosamond. “We are grateful to live in a state where the women’s basketball community is one of the best in the country – from the media that covers the game, to the fanbases that pack the arenas, to the level of talent we face in opposing coaches and players on a nightly basis. This award is a testament to an outstanding group of players, coaches and support staff who have worked extremely hard to create a winning environment on and off the court at Tennessee Tech.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A familiar face has returned to the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball staff, as head coach Kim Rosamond announced Wednesday that Crystal Kelly will begin her second stint as a Golden Eagle assistant coach.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – This past Tennessee Tech women’s basketball season stands out among those in recent history, and produced its fair share of memories, milestones, and most importantly – highlights.
With the program’s highest win total since 2010-11 – 22 overall victories – including an epic triumph over in-state rival Middle Tennessee and road victories at conference powers Belmont and UT Martin, the Golden Eagles recorded the third-largest win increase in NCAA Division I this season, a plus-15 mark from their 7-22 campaign last year.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Lil’ Eagle Camp is rapidly approaching.
The first installment of Kim Rosamond Basketball Camps, Lil’ Eagle Camp, will be held Monday-Wednesday, June 3-5 in the Hooper Eblen Center, and is open to all girls entering Kindergarten through those entering the eighth grade who are looking to S.O.A.R.! The camp will incorporate a fun three days of interacting with Golden Eagle women’s basketball team members and learning the fundamentals of the game of basketball.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Monika and Henry Bowman (pictured with Director of Athletics Mark Wilson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Rosamond and Executive Director of Planned Giving Tiff Rector) have been avid fans, season ticket holders and annual donors for many years. Recently they established the Monika and Henry Bowman Women’s Basketball Scholarship Endowment to further support the program and its players.
A member of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center staff for more than 35 years, Monika graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville before earning her master’s degree from Tennessee Tech. After completing his undergraduate degree at Austin Peay University, and his master’s at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Henry spent more than 40 years with the Upper Cumberland Development District.
Monika and Henry believe that Tennessee Tech enhances the benefits of living in Cookeville in many ways and hope the scholarships they are endowing will help promote educational opportunities for students in the future.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Inside a sold-out, jam-packed and lavishly decorated banquet hall at Cookeville’s Quality Inn, family members, ardent supporters and Tennessee Tech Athletics staff joined the Golden Eagle women’s basketball team to celebrate the its exciting, revitalizing 2018-19 season, and reflect on the numerous accomplishments therein.
Following a high-energy, wedding-style introduction of each team member, an invocation from senior forward Lacy Cantrell and a season recap from head coach Kim Rosamond, the event moved to its highly-anticipated awards presentation segment.
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Despite a gritty effort over 40 minutes of back-and-forth action, the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team was unable to come away with a victory in its Women’s Basketball Invitational quarterfinal matchup with Campbell Monday night, bringing to an end its resurgent 2018-19 season.
Tech wraps its campaign with a 22-11 record, an increase of 15 wins from 2017-18, which equates to the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I this season.
In the process, the Golden Eagles amassed 12 home wins and 12 wins in Ohio Valley Conference play, which are the program’s best marks since the 2004-05 and 2012-13 seasons, respectively. They also racked up nine wins on the road, the best since 2010-11.
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – One of just two Ohio Valley Conference teams still playing basketball, Tennessee Tech rolls into its Women’s Basketball Invitational quarterfinal matchup with Campbell looking to build on its convincing opening-round victory over Akron.
The first-ever battle between the Tennessee Tech and Campbell women’s programs will be waged Monday night at 6 p.m. CT from CU’s Gore Arena in Buies Creek, N.C.
At stake is a berth in the semifinals, which will be played on Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech women’s basketball will hold its annual banquet on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn – formerly known as the Clarion Inn, located at 970 S. Jefferson Avenue in Cookeville.
All fans are invited to attend the celebration of one of the most successful seasons in almost a decade. The team continues to advance in the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament while also reaching milestones with the most overall wins since 2010-11 (22), the most conference wins since 2012-13 (12), and the program’s first national postseason win since 2006.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After a slow first quarter, Tennessee Tech found its groove on both ends of the floor and overpowered Akron in its first-round matchup of the Women’s Basketball Invitational Thursday night, using strong bench play and a dominant rebounding advantage to secure a 73-59 victory, and a berth in the tournament quarterfinals.
While playing in its first national postseason tournament since the 2011-12 season, the victory was Tech’s first in such setting since it took down Belmont in the 2006 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
With the win, Tech advances to play Campbell in its on Monday, March 25. That game will tip at 6 p.m. CT from CU’s Gilbert Craig Gore Arena in Buies Creek N.C.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Now that they’re in, it’s time to get down to business
Tennessee Tech’s Thursday night matchup with Akron in the Women’s Basketball Invitational, which will tip at 6:00 p.m. CT inside the friendly confines of the Eblen Center, represents an opportunity to record the program’s first win in a national postseason tournament since 2006.
That occurrence came against Belmont, which was not yet a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, on March 15, 2006 in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Tech prevailed in a thriller, 56-55.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team is postseason bound after claiming a bid to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) Monday evening, playing host to Akron Thursday evening in a 6:00 p.m. CT tilt in the Hooper Eblen Center.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After more than a week of anticipation, Tennessee Tech women’s basketball has received the call that its season will continue, as it will compete as one of 16 teams in the Women’s Basketball Invitational, taking on Akron in the opening round on Thursday night, March 21.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Anacia Wilkinson is long.
At 6-feet, 2-inches, with a wingspan that rivals almost any post player in the country, the Houston native was blessed with a body crafted for blocking shots, and terrorizing opposing players trying to attack the basket.
“I was the tallest in my middle school, and I had this same body structure and everything,” said Wilkinson of her early years.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It’s not over. That is the way the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team is treating its incredible 2018-19 campaign, hitting the hardwood as relentlessly as ever in preparation for a potential postseason bid.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Despite holding Belmont to 62 points, which equaled its second-lowest total of the season, the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team simply could not get enough shots to fall in their Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinal game on Friday afternoon, as the fourth-seeded Golden Eagles fell to the No. 1 Bruins, 62-48, at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
Tech moves to 21-10 for the year, and will now await a potential bid for a national postseason tournament.
The 21 wins are the second-most in school history since the 2005-06 season, making Kim Rosamond just the second Tech coach to record a 20-win campaign since the Bill Worrell era.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The scoring depth on the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team has been one of its major strengths all season, and it came to the forefront again Thursday afternoon in TTU’s 68-57 victory over Austin Peay in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at The Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
The victory moves Tech’s record to 21-9 on the season, and is the program’s first in the OVC Tournament since March 8, 2013.
“I thought the difference in the game was our defense and our bench play,” said head coach Kim Rosamond. “I just can’t say enough about our bench – especially Kesha (Brady) and Mackenzie (Coleman). I thought they played tremendous.”
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – By this point, the story of Tennessee Tech women’s basketball’s renaissance season is well documented. The Golden Eagles have been markedly better in virtually every aspect of the game this year, from nearly a 10-point-per-game increase in scoring offense, to a reduction of almost 20 percent in turnovers committed.
On Thursday afternoon, Tech will get yet another chance to measure its growth from a season ago when it enters Ohio Valley Conference Tournament play against Austin Peay at 1 p.m. CT. The No. 4 seed Golden Eagles and fifth-seeded Governors will battle in the first game of the day at The Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., which can be viewed on ESPN+ and heard on 106.1 The Eagle.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The 2018-19 season has been one of resurgence for Tennessee Tech women’s basketball, and on Tuesday afternoon, the Ohio Valley Conference underscored that fact, handing out a pair of postseason honors to members of the Golden Eagle program.
Kim Rosamond was selected as the league’s Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, while guard Jordan Brock earned First Team All-OVC.
Rosamond becomes TTU’s first Coach of the Year since Sytia Messer was recognized for leading Tech to a regular-season conference title in 2010-11.
CHARLESTON, Ill. – The members of the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team stood inside their locker room, water bottles at the ready.
After all, they had waited for this moment for a long time.
No, the Tech women didn’t win the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship, but for what the program had gone through in recent years, it might have felt the same.
CHARLESTON, Ill. – No matter what happens on Saturday, the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team will be in Evansville for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. That much is certain.
But as the Golden Eagles travel to Eastern Illinois, the only uncertain thing is whether Tech will be the No. 3, 4 or 5 seed in the postseason tournament next week. All three remain in the realm of possibility, but objective No. 1 for the Golden Eagles is to earn the victory over the host Panthers.
So, what could happen? The Golden Eagles will be playing in the second day of the tournament on Thursday, regardless of the result as the 4-5 and 3-6 matchups will play on Thursday at the Ford Center.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE needed a win to keep its Ohio Valley Conference tournament hopes alive and the Cougars played like it.
Tennessee Tech had a tough fourth quarter as the homestanding Cougars rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter and held on to beat the Golden Eagles 63-61 on Thursday night at the Vadalabene Center.
With the loss, Tech drops to 19-9, 11-6 in the OVC, while SIUE improves to 13-15, 8-9 in league play.
EDWARDVILLE, Ill. – It’s the final week of Ohio Valley Conference regular-season action, and despite already having a spot locked up for next week’s conference tournament in Evansville, Ind., there’s still plenty for the Tennessee Tech women to play for.
The Golden Eagles (19-8, 11-5 OVC) will head first to SIUE on Thursday night. The Cougars enter the game with a 12-15 record, 7-9 in league play. SIUE has split its last four games and lost seven of its last 10. The Cougars defeated Tennessee State 66-55 and fell to Belmont 87-54 in road action last weekend.
On the other side of the coin, Tech is 5-5 in its last 10 games, following a nine-game winning streak that included the Golden Eagles’ home contest against the Cougars back on January 10. Tech knocked off Eastern Kentucky 77-57 on Thursday, then fell 73-70 to Morehead State on Saturday to complete last week’s slate.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – If all anyone saw of the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball game against Morehead State was the first quarter, one might have thought the Golden Eagles had been run out of the gym Saturday night.
But despite the 23-7 deficit through the first quarter, the Tech women kept fighting, kept clawing their way back and found themselves in position to win the contest, but ultimately fell short, dropping a 73-70 decision to Morehead State.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – By the time Tennessee Tech hosts the Morehead State women on Saturday night, it will be a month since the two teams squared off, but the Golden Eagles hope to make that earlier game a memory of the distant past.
Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. from the Hooper Eblen Center. Dylan Vazzano and Rob Schabert will provide the call on ESPN+ (subscription required), while Roger Ealey will deliver the action on 106.1 The Eagle.
Saturday’s game is Senior Night with the Golden Eagle seniors honored during the evening.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When you can put together a multi-faceted effort like the Tennessee Tech women did on Thursday night against Eastern Kentucky, it definitely makes a team tough to beat.
The visiting Colonels found out the hard way, falling to 0-15 in the Ohio Valley Conference as the Golden Eagles surged to a 77-57 victory. With the win, Tech is in sole possession of second place in the conference standings with three games remaining in the regular season.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Every season has bumps in the road. The Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team experienced one of those bumps Saturday night against Belmont, and must now pick themselves up and initiate a positive response against Eastern Kentucky. The Golden Eagles will be looking for their third sweep of an Ohio Valley Conference opponent this season when they square off with the Colonels at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Eblen Center.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Despite a solid first quarter, Tennessee Tech women’s basketball was unable to keep up with Belmont’s red-hot offense Saturday night, as the Golden Eagles took their fourth Ohio Valley Conference loss, and fell inside the Eblen Center for the second time this year.
With the loss, Tech (18-7, 10-4 OVC) settles for a split in its two matchups with Belmont (20-5, 13-1 OVC) this season, and moves into a three-way tie for second place with Morehead State and UT Martin.