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Blue Raiders Take on Tennessee Tech

Game time changed to 6 p.m.; Contest can be seen over the internet at OVCSports.tv

November 28, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's women's basketball team hits the road again for a 6 p.m. contest Wednesday at former OVC-rival Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center in Cookeville. The game time is a change from the original starting time of 5 p.m.

The Blue Raiders play their second straight away from home and are in the midst of six-of-eight games on the road. Middle Tennessee is 2-1 this season away from Murphy Center and still play at Georgia (December 7) and at South Alabama (December 14) to open conference play before a five-game homestand at the end of December.

The two teams have met 68 times over the past 30 years, with Middle Tennessee holding a 39-29 advantage in the series. The Blue Raiders have won 3-of-4 overall in the series, including a 74-46 triumph last season in Murfreesboro. Middle Tennessee is just 9-22 all-time in Cookeville, with a 52-50 defeat two seasons ago on the road.

"This is a traditional game with lots of history between," head coach Rick Insell said. "They are still the same type team - fundamentally sound and well-coached and they shoot the ball very well. We'll have to play well because they won't just give you the game."

The Blue Raiders are led by senior Chrissy Givens, who has posted four straight 20-plus point games, including 26 on Sunday at No. 4 Tennessee. Givens is averaging 22.3 points per game this season along with 6.3 rebounds, while junior Amber Holt is second on the club with 19.0 points and ranks first with 7.7 boards per outing.

Middle Tennessee returns home on Monday, December 4, to face another former OVC rival, Austin Peay at 5 p.m. at Murphy Center in the first game of a doubleheader.

ATTENDANCE FIGURES RISING: Middle Tennessee ranked first in the nation last season in attendance increase and through six games this season has already played in front of 37,800 patrons, an average of 6,300 per contest. The Blue Raiders are averaging 5,050 for three home games thus far and 9,002 in two road games, at Minnesota and at No. 4 Tennessee.

SEASON TICKETS SALES ALMOST COMPLETE: Middle Tennessee's season ticket sales will end Monday, December 4. The women's program has increased its season ticket base by more than 20 percent in 2006-07 and fans still have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the remaining 11 home games this season, including a contest against Austin Peay on December 4. Call the Middle Tennessee ticket office at 615/898-2103 or 1-888-YES-MTSU.

RPI RANKING IN TOP 20: Middle Tennessee's national RPI on the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women's College Basketball Ratings website this week is 17th, with three of the team's six opponents this season above the Blue Raiders. The club's schedule strength is third nationally behind only George Mason and South Dakota State. Opponents Tennessee (2nd), Maryland (3rd) and South Dakota State (14th) are ranked ahead of the Blue Raiders in overall RPI. The next closest Sun Belt Conference team in the rankings is Louisiana-Lafayette at 33rd. A complete RPI listing may be found at http://www.rpiratings.com/womrate.htm.

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