Lady Raiders Get Past Lipscomb 61-56

December 22, 2002 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Tiffany Fisher's three-point basket with 1:15 to play was enough to pull Middle Tennessee (5-4) ahead of Lipscomb (2-7) and give the Lady Raiders a 61-56 win Sunday in Murphy Center.


With the game tied 53-53, senior Paula Penttila's three-point attempt fell off the mark but a rebound by Mia Parviainen kept the ball alive for the Lady Raiders. Parviainen kicked the ball out to Fisher on the left side and she popped the three to give Middle Tennessee the lead (56-53) for good.


Parviainen recorded the first double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. For the second game in a row, freshman Tia Stovall led the Lady Raiders in scoring as she knocked down 15 points and sophomore Patrice Holmes added 12.


The Lady Raiders will take some time off for Christmas and be back in Murfreesboro on December 26. Middle Tennessee hosts Tennessee State University December 28 at 2 p.m. in the Murphy Center.




DECEMBER 21, 2002


SOLID DEFENSIVE EFFORT: It was not pretty, but the Lady Raiders found a way to win down the stretch against a very stubborn Lipscomb team on Sunday. MT won its second game in a row by playing solid defense. The Lady Raiders, which scored 25 points off of turnovers, held Lipscomb to 35.8 percent shooting, forced 22 turnovers, and came up with 13 steals.


BACK-TO-BACK: With today's win over Lipscomb, the Lady Raiders have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Lady Raiders will try to make it three in a row next Saturday at home against Tennessee State.


EARLY PRESENT: For the fourth straight season, Middle Tennessee has come up with a victory in its game prior to Christmas day. The last time the Lady Raiders lost their game just before Christmas was in 1998 against Auburn.


FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Mia Parviainen recorded her first career double-double when she scored a season-high 12 points and hauled in a career-best 10 rebounds. Parviainen hit 6 of 11 shots from the field and also collected two steals.


NEXT UP: The Lady Raiders will host Tennessee State next Saturday at the Murphy Center. Game time is scheduled for 2 PM. The Lady Raiders will be off Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before resuming practice on Thursday.


THIS 'N' THAT: Today's win was No. 92 for head coach Stephany Smith ... Tia Stovall netted 15 points in the win over Lipscomb to give her back-to-back double figure scoring games for the first time in her career ... Patrice Holmes matcher her season-high with eight rebounds ... The Lady Raiders were outrebounded 49-40 against Lipscomb, which was their largest deficit of the season ... The Lady Raiders outscored Lipscomb in the paint, 40-26.




Stephany Smith: "I have to give a lot of credit to Lipscomb. They came here and played with a lot of poise, discipline and consistency. I am just glad we survived the game. Lipscomb is the first team that has out rebounded us this year. When we were down in the final two minutes of the game I told the team to find a hole and get an easy look. Tiffany Fisher stepped up and took a huge shot to give us the lead back. I was also impressed with Mia (Parviainen), she had a great game and is a great director of a basketball game."


Tiffany Fisher: "Mia (Parviainen) is a good rebounder and she got the ball and handed it off to me and I just went for the three. Coach told me in the time out that if I had a shot to just bust it and knock it down. Overall, I don't think we were ready to play this game, and we should have been."


Mia Parviainen: "We knew Lipscomb was a good team. They really came out and played hard and didn't stop trying. In the second half we didn't find the gaps we needed to drive the basket into the lane."

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