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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana announced Thursday the hiring of Tarniesha Scott as assistant women's basketball coach. Scott, who has experience as an NAIA head coach and an NCAA Division I assistant coach, began her XU duties Monday (Aug. 1, 2016).xula tarniesha scottScott

Scott was on the women's basketball staff at Talladega College for two seasons (2012-14). She led the Lady Tornadoes to a 10-3 record as interim head coach to close the 2013-14 season, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship (by a half-game over Xavier), a berth in the NAIA Division I National Championship and a No. 25 ranking in the postseason coaches poll.

Scott was an assistant coach at NCAA DI Prairie View A&M during the 2014-15 season. She helped the Lady Panthers tie for third place in the SWAC and win non-conference road games against Houston and Sam Houston State.

Scott also was a volunteer assistant coach at UT Dallas, her alma mater, during the 2011-12 season. She played at UTD from 2007-11 and ranks second there in career rebounds and sixth in career points. Scott led the American Southwest Conference her senior year with 17.4 points per game and was first-team All-ASC and was honorable-mention All-America on teams chosen by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Women's D-III News. Scott was Academic All-ASC three consecutive seasons.

"Tarniesha Scott has great passion for basketball," XU head coach Bo Browder said. "She has head-coaching experience. She has recruited at the NAIA and NCAA DI levels. Her communication skills are outstanding.

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