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Kennesaw State Head Coach Nitra Perry Debuts 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule

Owls take on rival Georgia Tech; make season debut in exhibition game against Southern Tech on Nov. 2 

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A road game against local rival Georgia Tech and an appearance in the 16-team Women’s Preseason National Invitation Tournament highlight the 2012-13 Kennesaw State University women’s basketball schedule that was released by first-year head coach Nitra Perry.

Taking over a program that posted a 14-17 overall record and tied for fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference a year ago, Perry will make her Owls coaching debut in a WNIT first-round game at Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 9. in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Kennesaw State will play a second-round game against either Grambling State or Memphis on Nov. 11.

Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Tech and Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Champion Florida Gulf Coast University join potential Preseason WNIT opponents Delaware and Iowa as teams on KSU’s schedule that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

"I think our schedule for this season lines up with our goals we have set for ourselves," Perry said. "We have a tough non-conference slate, but one that will give us confidence heading into Atlantic Sun Conference play.

"I am extremely excited to play Middle Tennessee State," Perry continued. "They are a great team that has established a tradition of winning and will be an excellent bar for which Kennesaw State can measure itself against. This is an awesome opportunity and challenge for our program."

The Blue Raiders are coming off a 26-7 season a year ago that included advancing to the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game and a first-round loss to Vanderbilt in the the NCAA Tournament.

Eleven of the 16 WNIT teams are coming off postseason berths in 2012. The field features Davidson, Delaware, Duquesne, Georgetown, Grambling State, Illinois State, Iowa, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Morehead State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Sacred Heart, and Sam Houston State.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The semifinals will be Nov. 14-15; and the championship game is set for Sunday, Nov. 18. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 16-17. All games are hosted by participating schools.

Kennesaw State faces a tough early test as nine of its first 10 games are on the road. The Owls’ lone home appearance is Nov. 21 against Troy.

After opening their season with a pair WNIT contests, the Owls will travel down I-75 to take on Georgia Tech in a Nov. 13 contest at the newly constructed McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.

Following its home-opener against Troy, Kennesaw State will head back out on the road for five straight games against Wofford (Nov. 24), Jacksonville State (Nov. 28), Georgia State (Dec. 2), University of North Carolina at Asheville (Dec. 13) and Texas State (Dec. 18).

The Owls close out their non-conference slate with home games against Georgia Southern (Dec. 21) and Gardner-Web (Dec. 28).

Kennesaw State begins its 18-game A-Sun Conference schedule on Dec. 31 with a home contest against defending conference champion Florida Gulf Coast University. It marks the first of three straight home conference games for the Owls, who also will entertain Stetson (Jan. 2) and rival Mercer (Jan. 5).

History will be made on Jan. 26 when Kennesaw State makes its initial trip to Highland Heights, Ky., to face A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky. The Norse also will be part of Kennesaw State’s Senior Day on Feb. 25.

The Atlantic Sun Championship Tournament is scheduled for Mar. 6-9 in Macon, Ga., where Mercer will host the event for the second straight year.

Kennesaw State returns all five starters from last year’s squad, including standout sophomore guards Taylor Mills and Kristina Wells. Mills earned A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors after posting team-leading totals of 12.2 points and 4.1 assists a game. Wells had an excellent rookie campaign as she ranked second among A-Sun freshmen in seven different categories en route to being named to the A-Sun’s All-Freshman Team.

"We return all but one (player) from last year and have four seniors to provide leadership for this team," Perry said. "We will contend for 40 minutes and the basis surrounding this team is to be tough and give our best effort from the opening whistle to the final horn. This team will compete for our seniors, and it should be an exciting season for a team that is on the rise."

The Owls will make their season debut in an exhibition game against Southern Tech on Nov. 2 in the KSU Convocation Center.

All KSU conference games can be viewed live on the Internet via A-Sun TV.
 

Kennesaw State Head Coach Nitra Perry Announces 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 10, 2012) — A road game against local rival Georgia Tech and an appearance in the 16-team Women’s Preseason National Invitation Tournament highlight the 2012-13 Kennesaw State University women’s basketball schedule that was released by first-year head coach Nitra Perry on Friday.

Taking over a program that posted a 14-17 overall record and tied for fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference a year ago, Perry will make her Owls coaching debut in a WNIT first-round game at Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 9. in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Kennesaw State will play a second-round game against either Grambling State or Memphis on Nov. 11.

Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Tech and Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Champion Florida Gulf Coast University join potential Preseason WNIT opponents Delaware and Iowa as teams on KSU’s schedule that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

"I think our schedule for this season lines up with our goals we have set for ourselves," Perry said. "We have a tough non-conference slate, but one that will give us confidence heading into Atlantic Sun Conference play.

"I am extremely excited to play Middle Tennessee State," Perry continued. "They are a great team that has established a tradition of winning and will be an excellent bar for which Kennesaw State can measure itself against. This is an awesome opportunity and challenge for our program."

The Blue Rainders are coming off a 26-7 season a year ago that included advancing to the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game and a first-round loss to Vanderbilt in the the NCAA Tournament.

Eleven of the 16 WNIT teams are coming off postseason berths in 2012. The field features Davidson, Delaware, Duquesne, Georgetown, Grambling State, Illinois State, Iowa, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Morehead State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Sacred Heart, and Sam Houston State.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The semifinals will be Nov. 14-15; and the championship game is set for Sunday, Nov. 18. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 16-17. All games are hosted by participating schools.

Kennesaw State faces a tough early test as nine of its first 10 games are on the road. The Owls’ lone home appearance is Nov. 21 against Troy.

After opening their season with a pair WNIT contests, the Owls will travel down I-75 to take on Georgia Tech in a Nov. 13 contest at the newly constructed McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.

Following its home-opener against Troy, Kennesaw State will head back out on the road for five straight games against Wofford (Nov. 24), Jacksonville State (Nov. 28), Georgia State (Dec. 2), University of North Carolina at Asheville (Dec. 13) and Texas State (Dec. 18).

The Owls close out their non-conference slate with home games against Georgia Southern (Dec. 21) and Gardner-Web (Dec. 28).

Kennesaw State begins its 18-game A-Sun Conference schedule on Dec. 31 with a home contest against defending conference champion Florida Gulf Coast University. It marks the first of three straight home conference games for the Owls, who also will entertain Stetson (Jan. 2) and rival Mercer (Jan. 5).

History will be made on Jan. 26 when Kennesaw State makes its initial trip to Highland Heights, Ky., to face A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky. The Norse also will be part of Kennesaw State’s Senior Day on Feb. 25.

The Atlantic Sun Championship Tournament is scheduled for Mar. 6-9 in Macon, Ga. where Mercer will host the event for the second straight year.

Kennesaw State returns all five starters from last year’s squad, including standout sophomore guards Taylor Mills and Kristina Wells. Mills earned A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors after posting team-leading totals of 12.2 points and 4.1 assists a game. Wells had an excellent rookie campaign as she ranked second among A-Sun freshmen in seven different categories en route to being named to the A-Sun’s All-Freshman Team.

"We return all but one (player) from last year and have four seniors to provide leadership for this team," Perry said. "We will contend for 40 minutes and the basis surrounding this team is to be tough and give our best effort from the opening whistle to the final horn. This team will compete for our seniors, and it should be an exciting season for a team that is on the rise."

The Owls will make season debut in an exhibition game against Southern Tech on Nov. 2 in the KSU Convocation Center.

All KSU conference games can be viewed live on the Internet via A-Sun TV.

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Kennesaw State hires Nitra Perry as new women's basketball coach

Name of Publication: 
The Marietta Daily Journal
Excerpt of Article: 
by John Bednarowski
sportseditor@mdjonline.com

04.23.12 - 12:56 pm

Kennesaw State has hired University of Toledo associate head coach Nitra Perry as its new women's basketball coach.

Sources close to the situation from Toledo and Kennesaw State confirmed the hire Monday.

Perry, considered by many to be one of the bright, young assistants in women's college basketball, will be introduced at a press conference on Wednesday. When reached for comment, Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams declined, wanting to wait until the mid-week proceedings.

Perry replaces Colby Tilley, who retired at the completion of last season after 17 years at the helm of the Lady Owls.

Perry, who is from Bolivar, Tenn., helped lead the Rockets to a WNIT championship in 2011 when they won a school record 29 games. Toledo once again made a deep run in the WNIT this past season before bowing out against Syracuse, a 73-72 overtime loss to Syracuse in the Elite Eight.

During her four years with the Rockets, Toledo became one of the powers of the Mid-American Conference, posting a 95-40 record, including a 50-14 conference mark and the 2010-11 regular season title.

While Perry may be arriving from the MAC, she has plenty of experience in the south and around the KSU recruiting bases.

After playing for four years in the SEC at Mississippi State, Perry began her coaching career in 2004, where she spent two seasons as an administrative assistant for MaChelle Joseph at Georgia Tech. She returned to her alma mater in 2007 where she was responsible for player development, recruiting and overseeing the Lady Bulldogs academic status.

And one former ACC and SEC coach, who is now coaching in Cobb County, is in favor of the hire.

“She's fantastic,” said Mount Paran Christian girls basketball coach Theresa Gernatt, who was an assistant coach for eight seasons on at Florida State and then was at Mississippi State the year before Perry arrived in Starkville. “She's a great choice for them. She works her tail off on the recruiting trail.

“It doesn't get any better than that.”

Perry was a four-year letter winner with the Lady Bulldogs, twice earning AP All-American honorable mention, where she scored 1,124 points and is among the school's all-time leading rebounders with 746. During her playing career, Mississippi State advanced to two NCAA tournaments and a WNIT.

Following her collegiate career, Perry played one year each for professional teams in Portugal and Italy and then finished her professional playing days with two seasons for the Birmingham (Ala.) Power of the NWBL.

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