Home Opener Sets New Record
The 2011-2012 season finally tipped off on Friday, November 11th for the Lady Tigers and the early 11 AM start nearly had Texas Southern playing the first game in the country. The contest against Norfolk State was just the third game of day nationally and it did not disappoint the record crowd on hand.
The "Plant the Seed Early" initiative was a huge success as middle school students from all over the Houston area poured into HPE Arena to watch the Lady Spartans and Lady Tigers do battle. 4,782 people watched the second annual Middle School Day which featured student performances, an informative tour, and the basketball game.
Norfolk State came to play and after exchanging the lead early, found themselves trailing midway through the first half. TSU was riding solid shooting from the floor for the half at 45% and their offense was getting them to the free throw line. At the line, the Lady Tigers were on fire, posting an 11 of 12 mark (92%) for the first 20 minutes. Even with Lady Spartan point guard, Rae Corbo, hitting a three just before the buzzer, Texas Southern still led by 1 at 40-39 at the half.
The first ten minutes of the second half was much of the same story. Both teams playing through first game nerves and matching each other's intensity. The Lady Spartan defense kicked it up a notch at the 10 minute mark however. Leading 54-50, Norfolk State closed the game on 26-8 run, limiting the Lady Tigers to just 15% shooting from the field for the second half. The Lady Tigers kept fighting but Norfolk State went home with the win 80-58.
Norfolk State (1-0, 0-0 MEAC) was led by Rae Corbo's 26 points. Backcourt teammate Whitney Long added 18 points for the Lady Spartans. NSU heads back home to take on Chowan on November 16th.
Texas Southern (0-1, 0-0 SWAC) was led by Gianne Fleming's 13 points. Kayla West chipped in with 9 points for the Lady Tigers. Texas Southern will host the Air Force Academy next Saturday at 2 PM.
SWAC Pre-Season Awards Announced
By Andrew L. Stephens
The Southwestern Athletic Conference held their annual media day last Wednesday and the coaches have spoken. It seems that many are split on who will win the conference as well as who is the conference's best player. If anything, that may mean that this season is more wide open than in the past. While Texas Southern didn't place anyone on the pre-season all-SWAC team, that doesn't damper the excitement or anticipation at all for Head Coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton. "I'm really excited about this group of young women. They are giving good effort every day and they really work hard," said Coach Wells-Broughton of her young group for this season.
While Southern and Prairie View are picked to fight it out for the top spot, no one truly knows where everyone else will finish. As always at media day, everyone is hopeful and cautious at the same time. Soon, November will be here and speculation will give way to results on the court.
SWAC Pre-Season Teams and Predicted Order of Finish (courtesy of SWAC.org)
First-team preseason all-SWAC
Guard Whiquitta Tobar, Alabama A&M (Co-Preseason POY)
Guard Kiara Ruffin, Alcorn State (Co-Preseason POY)
Forward Sharnika Breedlove, Alcorn State
Forward Latia Williams, Prairie View A&M
Center Jaime Floyd, Southern
Second-team preseason all-SWAC
Guard Kaneshia Smith, Mississippi Valley State (Preseason DPOY)
Guard Rachel Jones, Jackson State
Forward Alia Frank, Mississippi Valley State
Forward Ayanna Hardy-Fuller, Jackson State
Center Gabrielle Williams, Alabama A&M
Predicted Order of Finish
1-tie. Southern (4) 88
1-tie. Prairie View A&M (4) 88
3. Alcorn State 84
4. Mississippi Valley State 68
5. Alabama A&M (2) 64
6. Grambling 53
7. Alabama State 39
8. Jackson State 26
9. Texas Southern 24
10. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 16
An Inspiring Night Out for the Lady Tigers
By Andrew Stephens
Last Tuesday was a busy evening for the Lady Tigers and for all the right reasons. This month's fun activity was a team movie night to view the film "Mighty Macs". The film depicts the true story of the first ever Women's College Basketball National Champions from Immaculata College. The story is gripping and a great example of what young women can do when they get together and work hard for a common goal. The story centers around the young coach, Cathy Rush, who had the foresight and vision to believe that basketball could be used as tool for women too. Carla Gugino plays Rush and does an excellent job. In fact the entire cast is very solid, anchored by Ellen Burstyn, who plays Mother St. John, Rush's immediate supervisor. Burstyn has an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award on her resume which gives the independent film the credibility it needs.
The story sells itself as the movie goes through the highs and lows of the 1971-1972 season. Immaculata struggles at the beginning but as the movie shows, they come out on top at the end. The movie was a great way to get the Lady Tigers focused on what they could become this season. It was also a great night for fun and relaxation right after mid-term examinations.
The Lady Tigers take the floor on November 11th in their home opener against Norfolk State at 11 AM. This is their "Plant the Seed Early" Middle School Day game.
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Lady Tigers Scoring Well In The Classroom
By Andrew L. Stephens
The 2011-2012 season has started yet for the Lady Tigers, but that has not stopped them at all from scoring well off the court. Five teammates were inducted into the Honors Program here at Texas Southern University at a formal ceremony this past Tuesday night. The festivities took place at the Hilton America Hotel located here in Houston, Texas. All five student-athletes have exhibited academic excellence throughout their education career and they have continued to build on that classroom success as a Lady Tiger. Head Coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton is proud and excited for her student-athletes. Their success just further underlines the importance of her academic initiatives that she has spearheaded for Women's Basketball at TSU. As a program, we are very happy to have student-athletes who truly define that term well. Congratulations to these wonderful young women.
Here are the students that were honored at the Honors Program Induction Ceremonies held at the Hilton America Hotel on Tuesday, October 18th. 2011.
Jazmin Quinones Junior
Freddi Voorhies Freshman
Adijatu Disu Freshman
Janelle McQueen Freshman
Azalea Hall Sophomore
Women's Basketball to Host "Plant the Seed Early"
With the arrival of October, the winds of change are blowing in on the campus of Texas Southern University. The excitement of the start of basketball season is beginning to build. With new faces on the court, the Lady Tigers are young but talented and working to construct a team that will challenge for a SWAC Championship.
However, it is not all basketball under Coach Wells-Broughton’s leadership. Off the court, the Lady Tigers are held to high standards both in the classroom and the community. This is evident in their second major community outreach this school. Following up on their successful “Free Back to School Clinic” in August where over 100 kids received school supplies and free basketball instruction, the Women’s Basketball Program will be hosting their “Plant the Seed Early - Coach Broughton's 2nd Annual Middle School Day” on Friday, November 11th at 9 AM. The events that day will feature Texas Southern’s season opening contest against Norfolk State at 11 AM. Surrounding game number one of the 2011-2012 campaign will be fun, excitement, and a focus on reaching middle-school aged children in the Houston area.
"This is a great opportunity for the entire Texas Southern University & it’s women's basketball program to impact and brand tomorrow’s students, NOW! Most importantly, this is a great opportunity to recognize our youth amongst other peers throughout the City of Houston,” stated Coach Wells-Broughton.
The pre-game festivities are highlighted by a free campus tour for the first 1,000 students, a virtual tour inside the arena with every academic school/college/department represented, a live pre-game radio broadcast, and recognition of students who are on the honor roll as well as students who have maintained a perfect attendance record.
Admission to the game will be free of charge as the Lady Tigers desire to surpass last year’s single-game record breaking attendance of 3,600 students who came to watch their home opener against UT-Pan American.
“Our arena seats over 8,700. The goal is to supersede last year’s attendance record and fill it up with every middle school student available. This can only be accomplished with every school district on board and a commitment to attend. I’m thanking all education administrators for supporting this impactful event in advance,” said Coach Wells-Broughton
Coach Wells-Broughton, along the Women’s Basketball team will greet the students after the game and be available for autographs and pictures to wrap up the day’s activities.
For additional information, contact the Women’s Basketball Office at 713-313-1951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locker Room Renovations Underway
With the 2011-2012 season fast approaching, the Lady Tigers are hard at work both on and off the court. Practices are intense and the team is working to gel and learn together. They aren't the only ones working however. The school has begun full scale renovations on the Women's Basketball Locker Room. The complete remodel will give the program all new facilities, expanded space, and locker space in proximity to the coaches' offices.
These efforts have been spearheaded by Head Coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton who continues to work tirelessly to build the Women's Basketball program here at Texas Southern University.
All renovations are scheduled to be completed before the Lady Tigers open up on November 11th at home against Norfolk State. As you can see by the pictures, the work is extensive but everyone involved is excited about the finished product.
For more information and pictures, please visit us on Facebook at Texas Southern University Women's Basketball.
Team Building Fun
The Lady Tigers try their skills out in bowling during Team Building.
After a week full of classes and evening seminars, the Lady Tigers got a chance to unwind for a moment and work on some team chemistry with a trip to Tiger Lanes. Friday Night at the Lanes gave the Lady Tigers an opportunity to spend some time together in a relaxed environment. Of course, bowling comes with its own set of challenges and that led to some rather amusing moments for players and coaches alike. Still, the time together as a team is priceless and it was a great way to finish off the full first week of school. Later that evening, the team would also attend the first home soccer match of the year as TSU hosted North Texas to kick off the 2011 Soccer Season. Supporting the other programs on campus is something that Head Coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton feels very strongly about.
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Life Skills Week
The first week of school can be very challenging for new student-athletes. Often, it is their first major life task away from home. Head Coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton sees the key to success off the court as empowerment. That is why she started the Life Skills Week program from the Lady Tigers.
Life Skills Week features guest speakers from TSU and the surrounding community. Held in the evening during the first week of classes, these speakers address various topics from the history of TSU to how to take care of your body. This gives the Lady Tigers a chance to see other successful young black women in action.
The question and answer sessions were quite informative and colorful as the Lady Tigers took full advantage of the opportunity to learn from the prominent guests and prepare themselves for their experience at TSU.
Here is a short list of some of our guests for the week:
Robert Horry Sports Rehab Center
Wanda Adams - Houston City Council Member
Dr. Joyce K. Jones Ed. D - Professor & Counselor, Texas Southern University
Dr. Dwalah Fisher - Faculty Member, Texas Southern University
Bee Busy Inc.
A short presentation was held at the end of each evening session to thank all of the speakers for their time and contribution to make this event a success. However, it was the Lady Tigers who truly got the most out of Life Skills Week.
The Lady Tigers and Head Coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton pose for pictures with some of our guest speakers during Life Skills Week.
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Annual Back To School Clinic
STAFF REPORTERS - 8/17/11
On Saturday, August 20th, Texas Southern Women's Basketball will be hosting our annual Back To School Clinic. Come on out to the H&PE Arena from 9 AM - 12 PM for free school supplies and a free basketball clinic. Come on out for some fun and a chance to meet and work with our coaching staff.