Women's Basketball Notebook

October 18, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Practice Picks
With injury limiting some Lady Raiders from participating in the opening week of practice, Middle Tennessee is working with the eight players cleared for practice. The team is utilizing their practice guys to help fill the gaps until the injured players return. Head Coach Stephany Smith is working on pushing the ball in transition, and stressing the need to extend the court on defense when the team plays at that pace.

Injury Update
The Lady Raiders have three players sitting out of practice due to injuries, according to trainer Jessica Hanson. Sophomore Ciara Gray is suffering from right heel pain due to a bone spur in her right ankle and is expected back in the next two weeks. Senior Mia Parviainen will be on the practice court as early as Monday or as late as next week as she is suffering from pain in her left hamstring. Freshman Melissa Weiland had surgery in pre-season to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee and could be back on November 1. Players seeing limited action include senior Paula Penttila who is suffering from pain in her left achilles and Cartia Bailey with her left knee.


Head Coach Stephany Smith
I am really pleased at how fit our players have come into practice after a pre-season conditioning. The hard work the team has put into pre-season and individual workouts have had an immediate carryover to full team practice. We have great chemistry on the team and I really believe it has carried over to practice and I hope it will carry over to the games when we begin the season.

Media Days
Stephany Smith and men's head coach Kermit Davis will participate in the Sun Belt Conference's Media Day activities in New Orleans next week. The coaches will meet with members of the league's media on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Sun Belt will announce its All-Conference teams at that time as well as the predicated order of finish for the East and West Divisions. The coaches will then participate in an on-campus media day on Nov. 4 with members of the local media.

Fan Jam
Middle Tennessee basketball will host the second annual Fan Jam on Oct. 29 beginning at 6 PM. Both coaches will introduce their teams and each squad will participate in a skills challenge that will feature a dunk contest, three-point shooting contest, and a ball-handling exhibition. On-the-court contests will also be held for fans in attendance that night. At the conclusion of the skills competition, each team's players and coaches will sign autographs for each fan in attendance. Keep watching GoBlueRaiders.com for more details on Fan Jam as the day approaches.

Exhibition Series Slated
The 2002-03 basketball season is slated to begin with a series of preseason exhibition games. The Lady Raiders will take on Georgia College and State University on Nov. 12 at 7 PM and Carson Newman on Nov. 17 at 2 PM. All exhibition games are free and open to the public.

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