Basketball Teams Host Fan JamOctober 29, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Melissa Weiland, the Lady Raider freshman from Riverdale High School, won the three-point shooting contest. Drawing the last spot in the contest, Weiland watched senior Mia Parvianien hit seven three-point shots and came up with eight to take the lead and the win.
Guard Melissa Weiland:
"I just came back this week from surgery so it was really fun to get out there in shoot. It was exciting to come out and participate in the contest in front of family and friends and I am looking forward to the season."
Hot Spot Competition Winner
Sophomore Jessica Schlueter sat on the bench unsure about her participation in the hot spot contest. She knew she was the underdog and talked about it with her teammates, on the bench, before it was her time to shoot. It was then she came up with a plan. She was going for the high percentage shoot. She decided to hit as many of the one-point shots as she could and then, before the shot clock expired, she moved to the top of the key and went for a three-point shoot and made it for a total of 16 points and the win.
Center Jessica Schlueter
"I hit the first one point shot under the basket, but when I went out for the two point shot and missed it, I decided to stick with the one point shots. When the time was running out I decided to just head out to the three-point line and try for the three and it went in. It was great."
Head Coach Stephany Smith:
"This was a really great turnout and was really happy to see the excitement of the fans to meet the teams and see what we are about. I really liked seeing the student body involved in the event and hope to see them here when the season starts. When Melissa won the three-point shooting contest she did what she was recruited to do. Shooting from the perimeter is here forte and she was supposed to win this contest. The really story is Jessica Schlueter. She is a 4.0 student and understands hitting percentage shots and that is exactly what she did."
Blue and White Scrimmage
The Lady Raiders will hold a Blue and White scrimmage on Thursday from 1:00-3:45 p.m. in Murphy Center. It will be a full scrimmage with Sun Belt referees and will give the coaches a chance to see the team in action in a game situation.
Glasper Wins Shootout
Redshirt junior Derek Glasper sat out last season following knee surgery and didn't get a chance to showcase his abilities. This year is a different story. Glasper ripped the nets during the team's three-point shooting contest tonight. Glasper fended off a tough charge from senior Eric Parham in three overtimes to move on to a final shootout against Lady Raider winner Melissa Weiland. Glasper again prevailed becoming the school champion. "It feels good to get out in front of a crowd and show them a little bit of what I can do," Glasper said. "I can't wait for the season to start so we can show what Coach Davis has gotten us to do and show them what they haven't seen from this team before."
Humphrey Remains Undefeated
In what could be termed the smallest surprise of the night came when John Humphrey was crowed Slam Dunk Champion at Fan Jam. The Swansboro, NC, native came to Middle Tennessee undefeated all time in dunk contests. Humphrey, who has been battling a foot injury during preseason, indicated that he was limited in his repertoire for the contest. "I was kind of shaky tonight due to my foot injury," Humphrey said. "I was just out there with my teammates having some fun tonight and, thankfully, I had enough to get me through."
Tonight's Fan Jam featured a rapid-fire shooting contest between teams from sororities and fraternities on campus. In the women's division, Alpha Chi Omega took the crown, winning a gift pack from McAllister's Deli. The Kappa Sigma squad, who captured a wing party at Toot's Restaurant, won the men's division.
Blue Raider Head Coach Kermit Davis on Fan Jam
I thought it was a good turnout tonight. It was a well-run event and our marketing department did a good job putting it all together. I was also glad to see the students come out and have some fun. We went hard today for about two and a half hours before Fan Jam, so it was good for the guys to put on their game uniforms and get out in front of people.
Davis on his team's first exhibition on Nov. 5 against Global Sports
Our fans will get a chance to see us for the first time against a very quality opponent. Global Sports is a team of college all-stars. They have beaten UNLV, NC State, Auburn, and some other SEC teams in the past few years. Their starting point guard, Jason Harrison, started at Ole Miss last year. Damon Flint was All-Conference USA at Cincinnati and Terrell Taylor from Creighton made a bunch of 3-pointers against Florida in the NCAA Tournament last year. I like playing teams like this because it really lets us know where we are.
Exhibition Games Set
The Blue Raiders and Lady Raiders are nearly set to tip off the exhibition season. The men get started on Nov. 5 at 7 PM against Global Sports. The women's squad will get the season underway on Nov. 12 at 7 PM against Georgia College. The Blue Raiders hit the floor for their final tune-up game on Nov. 14 at 7 PM against VASDA while the Lady Raiders wrap up against Carson Newman on Nov. 17 at 7 PM. The Exhibition Series is free and open to the public.
Season Tickets Available
Season tickets for the Blue Raiders and Lady Raiders are now available through the MT Ticket Office. Men's season tickets are $120 for rows 1-4 and $105 for rows 5-22. Women's season tickets are $52 for general admission seating. A combination ticket, which includes all men's and women's games, is $162 for rows 1-4 and $147 for rows 5-22. Fans wishing to purchase season tickets should call the MT Ticket Office at (615) 898-2103 or 1-888-YES-MTSU.
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