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Tribe, NSU basketball working together

HOLLYWOOD — As a small gesture of appreciation, representatives from the Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball staff gave Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola an NSU pullover and hat on Sept. 26 in his office at Tribal Headquarters.

During the visit, the possibility was discussed to name the team’s Nov. 18 home opener “Seminole Tribe of Florida Night.”

The Seminole Tribe’s Skyla Osceola (#11) is front and center in the 2019-20 Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball team photo. The team starts its regular season Nov. 8 in Cleveland, Mississippi, against Tennessee’s Union University. (NSU Athletics)

The game is at 5:30 p.m. against Bentley University.

The women’s basketball program is also working with Skyla and her mother Francine Osceola to bring basketball camps to the Hollywood Reservation.

Skyla is a redshirt sophomore guard who did not play last season due to an injury. As a freshman in the 2017-18 season, Skyla led the squad with 90 assists and posted a 3.33 assist-turnover ratio, which not only led the Sunshine State Conference, but ranked her second in the nation.

From left are Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola; LeAnn Freeland, Nova Southeastern University head women’s basketball coach; Abbie Tepe-Murphy, NSU women’s assistsant coach; Abbie Lawson, NSU manager of marketing and promotions; and Francine Osceola. (Photo Damon Scott)