TESSA MILLER FROM CROSSVILLE NAMED PLAYER OF NIGHT FOR MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE

Belmont University Bruins basketball player and former Stone Memorial Lady Panther Tessa Miller had a career-high game this past Sunday. The Lady Bruins won 72-64 over Southern Illinois University.

Miller scored 20 points, had 7 rebounds, and three assists for Belmont.

She was named Player of the Night for the Missouri Valley Conference.

Miller has had an exceptional junior year this season.

She scored 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting, secured six rebounds, distributed three assists, made a block, and came up with a steal in the home win over Missouri State on January 26. She nearly had a double-double in the win at Northern Iowa on January 21, earning nine points on 4-for-6 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal. She nearly had a double-double in 25 minutes in the dominant win over Northwestern on November 24 at the Ball Dawgs Classic in Las Vegas, finishing with 13 points and eight boards.

In her sophomore year at Belmont, she was one of only four players in the nation to average over 6.5 points, 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and a block while shooting over 50 percent from the field. She received College Sports Communicators Academic All-District honors and was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team.

Before attending Belmont, she attended Stone Memorial High School and played basketball under head coach Mike Buck. Tessa was a Tennessee Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist. She joined the 1,000-point club as a junior while leading Stone Memorial to a 30-4 record and a state finals appearance.