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Raiders to face third ranked opponent in No. 8 Georgia

Mid-week game to be heard live on 106.7 FM The Fan

December 7, 2006 · MT Media Relations
ATHENS, Ga. - Middle Tennessee's women's basketball team hits the road again Thursday for a 6 p.m. matchup against the eighth-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs in Stegeman Coliseum, the third contest this season for the Blue Raiders against a ranked opponent.

Middle Tennessee enters the game 3-1 away from home this season, including victories over Maine and Minnesota. The squad has also played at No. 4 Tennessee and versus top-ranked Maryland at home, an aspect head coach Rick Insell says will help his team as the season progresses.

"Playing all of these road games in big arenas in front of big crowds has to help us down the stretch when we get to playing all of our road conference games," Insell said. "It really forces the players to focus and that's really why we're playing these games at Minnesota and Tennessee and Georgia.

"We're not concerned about the won-loss record, but more importantly getting better as a team. It also helps recruiting when you can go into a home and the players see you're playing all of these teams, not only on the road but at home with Georgia last year and Maryland this season. It's just a win-win situation."

Insell also says the tough road conditions are beneficial for all of the young players seeing action this season for the Blue Raiders, including freshmen Brandi Brown, Chelsia Lymon and Jackie Pickel.

"It really makes the young players grow up quicker. It gets them ready at a quicker pace because they have to be ready mentally and really protect the ball when they come into a game."

Senior Chrissy Givens leads the Blue Raiders and ranks seventh nationally with 21.9 points per game. She is also grabbing 6.4 rebounds with 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per outing.

Junior newcomer Amber Holt ranks second on the club in scoring at 17.9 points and leads the club with 7.9 rebounds per contest.

Georgia enters the contest 7-0 this season after a 79-69 victory over rival Georgia Tech last Sunday. The Lady Bulldogs and Hall of Fame coach Andy Landers have wins over Rutgers at the State Farm Tip-Off Classic in Norman, Okla., and Stanford at home on their resume this season.

All-American forward Tasha Humphrey was suspended the first five games of the season and played the second half versus Memphis on November 29. In her first full game of the season against the Yellowjackets on Sunday, Humphrey tallied 23 points and seven rebounds. Cori Chambers leads Georgia with 15.9 points per game, one of five players averaging double figures, while Megan Darrah leads the squad with 7.6 boards per contest.

All Middle Tennessee women's games may be heard on WMTS 88.3 in Murfreesboro and WZNG 1400 AM in Shelbyville. Thursday's contest may also be heard on 106.7 FM The Fan.

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