COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was a different kind of banquet on Tuesday night for the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team as the Golden Eagles announced their annual team awards.
The usual dinner with a legion of loyal followers was pared down to a much more intimate yet casual event with the team and staff, a smaller setup as the team continues to follow COVID protocols.
The evening ended with five players coming away with the team’s four awards.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech women’s basketball head coach Kim Rosamond announced the signing of 6-1 forward Anna Walker for the 2021-22 season. Walker, a native of Cleveland, Tenn,, comes to Cookeville as a transfer after spending her freshman season at Chattanooga.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Anna to our team,” expressed Rosamond. “She brings a winner’s mentality and a relentless work ethic that will be invaluable in helping us compete for championships. Her size, versatility and ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor will be a huge asset to our team.”
ATLANTA, Ga. – Emily Hatfield already comes from an incredible legacy.
Her mother, Melinda Clayton Hatfield, is a legendary Tennessee Tech women’s basketball player and TTU Sports Hall of Famer. Her father, Bruce Hatfield, had a tremendous career for the Golden Eagles and became a legendary Tennessee high school football coach before returning to join Dewayne Alexander’s staff on the gridiron.
Now, their daughter, presently the second-year director of basketball operations for the Golden Eagle women’s team, is taking another step on her own as she was selected as part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s 2021 class of its “So You Want To Be A Coach” program, in partnership with WeCOACH.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – As tough as it was for the Tennessee Tech women to leave the court after Friday’s 69-56 loss to UT Martin in the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championships in the semifinal round, there was little reason to hang their heads.
The loss stung, sure, especially after a thrilling victory over Jacksonville State the day before, and as the Golden Eagles made a push to unseat the top-seeded Skyhawks, looking forward to the future was probably the last thing anyone on the Tech bench hoped to do.
But make no mistake, while it was UT Martin celebrating its victory on Friday and advancing to the title game on Saturday, there is a lot for the Tennessee Tech squad to look forward to.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Last season’s Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championships haunted the Tennessee Tech women. Trying to overcome a grief-filled moment and coming up short with Southeast Missouri hitting a buzzer-beater in overtime held heavy in their hearts and minds. Hardly a week later, everything changed with the COVID-19 pandemic.
So with a full year of all of this weighing on the Golden Eagles, Thursday, they had enough.
Tech opened up the quarterfinal contest in the 2021 OVC Basketball Championships like a team possessed and hardly looked back as the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles took a 79-64 victory over No. 4-seed Jacksonville State, heralding its exit from the OVC in women’s basketball.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Survive and advance. That’s the simple mantra for any basketball team when you get into tournament time. The regular season is done, now a loss means your season could very well be done.
That’s the situation that lies ahead for the Tennessee Tech women on Thursday as the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles take on No. 4-seed Jacksonville State in the quarterfinal round of the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championships. Tipoff is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Evansville’s Ford Center.
Dylan Vazzano and Thomas Corhern will handle broadcast duties on 106.1 The Eagle, while Bob Belvin and Helen Williams will take on the broadcast for ESPN+ (subscription required).
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- As the Ohio Valley Conference wrapped up its regular-season basketball slate and stand on the eve of the league’s tournament in Evansville, Ind., the conference announced its All-OVC teams on Tuesday.
Tennessee Tech claimed four spots on the teams, picking up second-team selections for junior Anna Jones and seniors Jordan Brock and Kesha Brady. Jones was also selected to the conference’s All-Newcomer team.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - The Ohio Valley Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship will be held March 3-6 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. This year the OVC has followed guidance from the NCAA and the OVC Medial Advisory Group and worked extensively with the Mayor’s Reopen Evansville Task Force, the Vanderburgh County Health Department, Deaconess Hospital and the Ford Center to put into place additional health and safety protocols to keep the participants, workers and fans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A back-and-forth battle to the end, the Tennessee Tech women fell on the short end of Saturday’s 68-67 loss to Murray State. Macey Turley scored 11 points in the final 10 minutes as she was 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from long range
Katelyn Young tied the game with 45 seconds remaining as she grabbed her own rebound and got the second-chance bucket. Jordan Brock missed a jumper on the other end of the court, then Kesha Brady was called for a foul, sending Manna Mensah to the line with three seconds remaining.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team looks forward to both the regular-season finale on Saturday against Murray State, as well as next week’s Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championships in Evansville, Ind., it’s also an opportunity for the Golden Eagles to look back and reflect on the senior members of the 2020-21 team and those wrapping up their Tech careers.
Abby Buckner, Taylor Lamb and manager Blake Ledbetter will be honored following Saturday’s season finale against the Racers. The two players saw their Tech careers come to an end from injuries last year and were unable to compete this season. More on their role with the team this season and the adaptations they have made in their transition can be found here.
Even though there’s a lot to celebrate on Saturday, there’s still a lot to be decided on the court. Tipoff against the Racers is scheduled for 5 p.m. Roger Ealey will provide the radio call for 106.1 The Eagle, while Dylan Vazzano and Michael Cooper will handle broadcast duties on ESPN+ (subscription required).
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The defense came through for the Tennessee Tech women on Thursday night as the Golden Eagles bounced back from two straight losses to take down Austin Peay 62-57 in the Eblen Center.
The win also gives Tech 12 conference wins, tying the 2018-19 Golden Eagles for the most OVC wins in the Kim Rosamond era.
“We really needed this one tonight,” Rosamond said. “Our kids needed to get back on the right track. We had been playing really, really well, but then we had two really tough games against Belmont. Our word for tonight was ‘resilient.’ I thought our kids were really resilient tonight against a really tough, physical, scrappy Austin Peay team. It was a great comeback win.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With two games remaining in Tennessee Tech’s regular season, a trip to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Evansville, Ind., is locked up. The question now is where the Golden Eagle women will finish in the standings.
Tech entertains Austin Peay on Thursday night at 5 p.m. in the Hooper Eblen Center. Roger Ealey will provide the call on 106.1 The Eagle, while Dylan Vazzano and Michael Cooper will broadcast the game on ESPN+ (subscription required).
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – For the first and third quarters, Tennessee Tech and Belmont were evenly matched point for point. It was the second and fourth quarters, however, that made things a bit tricky on Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles were held to single digits in the even quarters and Belmont took advantage, taking a 77-56 victory in the Eblen Center.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – If there’s one positive in playing the same opponent in consecutive games, you already know who you’re facing. You know what worked and what didn’t. It doesn’t make anything easier, but you know what to expect.
That’s the case Tuesday night as the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team faces Belmont at the Hooper Eblen Center to open the final week of the regular season. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Roger Ealey will handle the radio duties on 106.1 The Eagle, while Dylan Vazzano and Michael Cooper will tackle the broadcast on ESPN+ (subscription required).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan Brock tried her hardest to keep Tennessee Tech’s four-game winning streak alive and stretch it further against Belmont on Saturday. The senior knocked down seven 3-pointers and collected her second 30-point game of the season.
But a hot-shooting Belmont squad was able to pull away in the second half to take a 73-61 victory at the Curb Event Center in the first of back-to-back games against the Bruins. Tech will host Belmont at the Hooper Eblen Center on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Since Belmont joined the Ohio Valley Conference, there aren’t many teams who have been able to beat them, posting a 120-27 record in league play, posting an incredible .816 winning percentage.
In the last five years alone, the Bruins have lost only seven OVC contests – including four on the road with three losses at UT Martin. Before this season, Belmont had only lost once at the Curb Event Center during the span – a 77-72 loss to Tennessee Tech on January 5, 2019.
And that was it – until this season. After Belmont had its program shut down from the COVID pandemic, the Bruins went from December 20 to January 19 without playing. That first game back ended up a 72-66 loss to Murray State at the Curb Event Center. Southeast Missouri also found paydirt in Nashville on Feb. 9, topping the Bruins 70-66.
When Kim Rosamond was named head coach at Tennessee Tech on March 31, 2016, she understood one of the keys to restoring the program’s winning ways would be her staff’s ability to attract the state’s top players back to Cookeville. Rosamond had spent more than a decade coaching and recruiting up and down I-40, and she knew the state of Tennessee had long been a hotbed for high school girls basketball. She also understood the importance of making a statement early on the recruiting trail.
Abby Buckner and Taylor Lamb would be cornerstones to the new staff’s first two signing classes at Tennessee Tech, and those first signing classes would quickly put the Golden Eagles on the winning path. Both came from successful high school programs in Tennessee, and both were what Rosamond believed were the kind of “winners” the program needed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Tennessee Tech women are hot from 3-point range, the Golden Eagles are pretty tough to beat. For the fourth-straight game, Tech knocked down double-digit treys – 13 in Thursday’s contest, one shy of the season-high of 14 – as the Golden Eagles cruised to a 68-52 victory over Tennessee State.
Jordan Brock was on fire, hitting five of her seven 3-point tries. The senior ended the night 7-of-10 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free-throw line to pace all scorers with 21 points. Megan Clark knocked down three 3-pointers out of four tries, while Maaliya Owens drained two, including one at the halftime buzzer.
Clark was Tech’s other double-digit scorer in the contest, posting 12 points on the night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech women are playing well, winning eight of their last 10 games and making a push for one of the top seeds in the Ohio Valley Conference basketball tournament, which begins in two weeks in Evansville, Ind.
Tennessee State, in the meantime, is looking for its first win of the season.
The Golden Eagles will be looking to avoid any slip ups on Thursday as the two teams square off in Nashville at the Gentry Center, scheduled for a 5 p.m. tip. Dylan Vazzano will provide the radio call on 106.1 The Eagle, while C.J. Eke and Alex Gould will broadcast the game on ESPN+.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When the Tennessee Tech women and Eastern Illinois met in January, it was a heated battle for much of the contest. Saturday, Tech took the lessons learned from the previous meeting and shut down a talented offensive squad.
An 11-point run in the second quarter put Tech ahead and the Golden Eagles never looked back on Saturday as Tech defeated Eastern Illinois 62-45, picking up its third straight win and eighth out of the last ten games.
The Golden Eagles improved to 12-6, 10-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference as Tech moved into fourth place in the league standings. Eastern Illinois dropped into the current No. 8 spot with a 9-12 record, 7-9 in conference play.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When Tennessee Tech took on Eastern Illinois in Charleston back in the early days of January, the Golden Eagle women got hot at just the right time. Facing a one-point deficit at the end of three quarters, Tech surged to a 72-67 victory.
Eastern Illinois led by as many as 15 points midway through the third quarter and an extraordinary effort led by Maaliya Owens with nine points in the final 10 minutes helped erase the Panthers’ lead.
Following the defeat on their home floor, EIU will be looking to reciprocate on Saturday as the Panthers visit the Hooper Eblen Center.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team was clicking on all cylinders on Thursday night as the Golden Eagles dominated visiting SIUE, claiming an 81-42 victory at the Hooper Eblen Center.
Tech improves to 11-6 overall, 9-5 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
“I’m really proud of the effort and discipline the girls showed tonight, especially after coming off a really emotional win on Saturday (over UT Martin),” said Tech head coach Kim Rosamond. “They showed intensity with the way they just came out , did their job and just played extremely hard. There were a lot of good things tonight.”
Sophomore Maaliya Owens had a career night, setting new marks in scoring with 19 points and rebounds with seven. She was 7-for-15 from the floor and 5-for-12 from 3-point range as she led all scorers.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – While the excitement of the thrilling victory over Ohio Valley Conference leader UT Martin hasn’t faded just yet, the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team knows there’s still a lot more to do.
With SIUE coming into the Hooper Eblen Center on Thursday night, the Golden Eagles can’t back down yet. The visiting Cougars are the only OVC team in program history to hold a winning record over Tech, but the Golden Eagles have made efforts to reverse that trend in the last three seasons.
Tipoff for Thursday’s game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Roger Ealey will have the call on 106.1 The Eagle, while Dylan Vazzano and Michael Cooper will handle broadcast duties on ESPN+ (subscription required).
MARTIN, Tenn. – The old Yogi Berra saying goes, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
Tennessee Tech proved the adage true on Saturday. UT Martin went on small runs and the Golden Eagles found ways to stand strong and bounce back. Despite trailing by 12 early in the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles weren’t backing down.
But something clicked in the fourth quarter. A fantastic all-around team effort, led by a thrilling effort from Jordan Brock, saw Tech hand UT Martin its second Ohio Valley Conference loss of the season with a dramatic 77-73 victory on Saturday in the Elam Center.
MARTIN, Tenn. – UT Martin is the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. There’s no debate on this – the Skyhawks have been toppled just once in league competition this season, a 72-67 loss at Jacksonville State back on December 30.
Only one other team has knocked off the Skyhawks this season – No. 1-ranked Louisville. Twice.
While this may seem to be an albatross to most teams, the Tennessee Tech women are standing their ground. The Golden Eagles have been in this situation before, breaking Belmont’s 47-game OVC winning streak a couple seasons back. In their illustrious history, the Tech women have also been on the other side of the equation, standing as the team with the target on their back.
No question, Saturday’s game is a very important one for the Golden Eagles.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Turnovers plagued the Tennessee Tech women all night long on Thursday, but the Golden Eagles just kept finding ways to endure and come back.
With 50 seconds remaining, Tech tied the game after coming back from a 10-point deficit not even five minutes earlier.
But with 22 seconds left, the turnover was costly. As LaTrese Saine stripped the ball away during a transition from Mackenzie Coleman to Jordan Brock, all Tech could do was foul and try to get the ball back.
Despite a tremendous effort, the Golden Eagles saw Southeast Missouri escape with a 59-55 victory Thursday night at the Show Me Center.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – It’s an important week for the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team as the Golden Eagles hit the road to Cape Girardeau to take on Southeast Missouri on Thursday, then Tech heads to UT Martin for its lone contest against the league-leading Skyhawks this season.
Tipoff from the Show Me Center is slated for 5 p.m. on Thursday. Dylan Vazzano will provide the call on 106.1 The Eagle, while the game will also be broadcast on ESPN+ (subscription required).
Tech (9-5, 7-4 Ohio Valley Conference) has won five of the last six games and currently stands tied with SEMO (9-7, 7-4 OVC) in fourth place in the league standings. UT Martin (11-3, 10-1 OVC), Belmont (8-4, 5-2 OVC) and Austin Peay (9-5, 7-3 OVC) currently hold the top three spots.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- For the second straight week, Tennessee Tech junior guard/forward Anna Jones was selected as the Ohio Valley Conference's Newcomer of the Week, in a vote by the league's sports information contacts.
The Jackson native averaged 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds across Tech's three games last week. Jones posted a career-high 12 rebounds in addition to nine points and five assists on Saturday against Morehead State. On Thursday, the Middle Tennessee transfer scored 17 points on a 6-for-9 shooting night against Eastern Kentucky, including a 4-for-5 effort at the free-throw line. Last Monday, Jones added 10 points at Jacksonville State.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Against one of the more physical teams in the Ohio Valley Conference, the Tennessee Tech women held their own against Morehead State. In the meeting at Morehead, the Golden Eagles went down to the final possession.
This time around, on Saturday, the Tech women reversed their fortunes and pulled away, cruising to a 58-49 victory at the Hooper Eblen Center.