The 2018-19 season has been one of resurgence for Tennessee Tech women’s basketball, and on Tuesday afternoon, March 5, 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 basketball coach of the year, while guard Jordan Brock (pictured) 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.
Brock joins Southeast Missouri’s Tesia Thompson as one of two underclassmen to make First Team, and is the second Golden Eagle to do so under Rosamond’s tutelage, joining Yaktavia Hickson in 2016-17.
Brock was one of the players most responsible for Tech’s offensive improvement, finishing the regular season as the team’s leading scorer with 12.0 points per game, and its most prolific 3-point shooter with 73 made triples, which is the fifth-highest single-season total in TTU program history.
The Harlan, Ky. native caught fire during the middle of the season, scoring in double figures in 11 straight games from December 21 to January 31. Six of those outings saw her tally 18 points or more.
Her incredible start to the conference season also came within that span. Over the first six league games, the sophomore averaged 19.3 points per game with astronomical percentages from the field (.576), from 3-point range (.610), and from the free throw line (.944).
Brock’s pinnacle came on Jan. 12 against Eastern Illinois when she poured in a career-high 33 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 8-of-15 from distance, and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Those 33 points are the second-highest individual output in the OVC this season, and stood as No. 1 until mid-February.
Her effort against EIU, coupled with her 20-point night against SIUE two days prior, led to an OVC Player of the Week nod on Jan. 15.
Brock owns one of the nation’s best free-throw shooting marks as well, ranking 31st in the Division I with an 86.5-percent clip for the year (64-of-74). During a 19-game period from Dec. 18 to Feb. 23, she sunk 45-of-48 from the line.
“Our staff and team are so happy for Jordan,” said Rosamond. “She is one of the best pure shooters in this league, and she has worked really hard to become a complete player at this level. Even on nights when her shots aren’t falling, the attention she draws from opponents opens up other opportunities for her teammates. She has played a huge role in our turnaround this season, and this honor is well-deserved.”
Tech's season continues Thursday afternoon, March 7 at the OVC Tournament in Evansville, Ind. The Golden Eagles, who enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed, will square off with fifth-seeded Austin Peay at 1 p.m. CT.
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