Lady Raiders Fall to No. 18 South Carolina 65-50

December 16, 2002 · MT Media Relations

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Middle Tennessee (3-4) fell to No. 18 South Carolina (7-0) 65-50 Monday in the Carolina Center.


After being up by 10 in the middle of the first half, Middle Tennessee allowed South Carolina back into the game when the Gamecocks went on a 13-2 run. After taking a 31-30 lead into the locker room, South Carolina went on another run, 11-3, to expand the lead in the first five minutes of the second half. The Lady Raiders could never recover.


"We got out of the gate pretty strong," said head coach Stephany Smith. "They really pushed the ball and took us out of our game plan."


Middle Tennessee was plagued by turnovers in key moments of the game. Add to that just 14 offensive rebounds and the Lady Raiders couldn't get the ball to bounce in their favor.


"South Carolina really rattled us and we turned the ball over," Smith said. "As a team we push the ball and we will have turnovers, but not 25."


Sophomore Patrice Holmes led the Lady Raiders with 13 points. She was the only Middle Tennessee player who scored in double figures.


Middle Tennessee will begin an eight game home stretch when the Lady Raiders host Memphis on Thursday December 19. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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