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Squad moves up two spots to 17th in Associated Press poll

February 13, 2007 · MT Media Relations
BLUE RAIDERS MOVE UP TWO SPOTS IN AP POLL: Middle Tennessee moved up two spots in this week's Associated Press poll to 17th and remained No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Raiders have been ranked in the AP poll for the last six weeks and in the Coaches Poll for seven consecutive rankings.

LYMON OUT FOR REST OF SEASON: Freshman point guard Chelsia Lymon will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the first half of Sunday's win at Western Kentucky. Lymon was averaging 5.5 points in 16.3 minutes per game for the Blue Raiders and drew two starts, at New Orleans on January 13 and versus Denver on January 31. The Georgetown, Ky., native played in all 26 games, making an immediate impact on the program with 13 points in the season-opener against top-ranked Maryland and 10 three night later versus South Dakota State. She also scored 11 points in last Wednesday's game at Louisiana-Monroe. Junior Latoya Barclay will see increased playing time because of Lymon's injury. Sophomore Johnna Abney has started 24 of Middle Tennessee's 26 games this season and averages 19.0 minutes per contest.

GAME TIME FOR THURSDAY: Middle Tennessee's game versus Florida International is set for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at Murphy Center. That is a change from the originally scheduled time. The Blue Raider marketing department has set Thursday as "Mardi Gras Night" complete with a parade with beads and king cake during halftime of the men's game. The men's game tips off 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women's contest.

WOMEN'S HOOPS GEAR AVAILABLE AT LIGHTNING'S LOCKER ROOM: Middle Tennessee women's basketball t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as other gear is now available at Lightning's Locker Room, located on the track level at Murphy Center in the Southwest corner.

BLUE RAIDERS 26TH NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Each year the University of Wisconsin media relations office has compiled an unofficial attendance mark for women's basketball programs around the country. This week Middle Tennessee ranks 26th nationally in average attendance and has played in front of two of the Top 45 crowds in the nation this year. The Blue Raiders are 26th in average attendance at 3,996 after 13 home games. The Blue Raiders are first in the Sun Belt, ahead of both Western Kentucky (2,252) and Arkansas State (1,880). Middle Tennessee's game at Tennessee on November 26 drew a crowd of 12,363, the 20th largest this year in the country, and the Blue Raiders' season-opener versus top-ranked Maryland ranks 45th this season with a record-setting mark of 10,010 at Murphy Center.

GIVENS VOTED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Senior Chrissy Givens was voted First Team Academic All-District IV, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America last week. Givens was an ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American last season. The Monroe, La., native graduated with a 3.89 GPA last May with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee. She is currently working on her master's in Criminal Justice. Givens ranks eighth nationally in scoring (21.7 points per game) as well as 20th in the nation in steals per game (2.92) and 42nd in assists per contest (4.88) this week.

GIVENS ADDED TO WOODEN AWARD LIST: The John R. Wooden Award Committee announced the Midseason All-American Team for the Women's Wooden Award, and Middle Tennessee's Chrissy Givens is one of the 20 players. The midseason list includes the top 20 players to this point in the season who will contend for this year's player of the year award. The list is based on individual player performance and team records through the first half of the season. Givens was one of five newcomers added to the list who were not included on the preseason top 30, including Katie Gearlds (Purdue), Angel McCoughtry (Louisville), Bernice Mosby (Baylor) and Abby Waner (Duke). The list also includes: Marissa Coleman (Maryland), Jessica Davenport (Ohio State), Jessica Dickson (South Florida), Sylvia Fowles (LSU), Lindsey Harding (Duke), Tasha Humphrey (Georgia), Tiffany Jackson (Texas), Crystal Kelly (Western Kentucky), Crystal Langhorne (Maryland), Erlana Larkins (North Carolina), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), Candace Parker (Tennessee), Armintie Price (Ole Miss) and Candice Wiggins (Stanford).

SUMMER CAMP DATES SET: Middle Tennessee's women's basketball camps have been set for the upcoming summer, with the Blue Raiders host four camps at Murphy Center. The Lil' Raider Camp is set for June 11-13 and Elite Camp will be held June 29-July 1. The two team camps are June 17-19 and July 26-28. Interested parties may call Assistant Coach Alli Clark at 615/898-5356 or may obtain a brochure at http://www.goblueraiders.com/content.cfm/id/23728.

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS ON SALE: Fans may purchase ticket booklets for the Sun Belt Championships, scheduled for March 3-6 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., by calling the Middle Tennessee Ticket Office at 615/898-2103 or 1-888-YES-MTSU. Ticket booklets for the tournament are $84 for all eight sessions, which includes 14 total games. The ticket booklet covers both the men's and women's games. The Middle Tennessee women would begin action in the tournament on Saturday, March 3, with the semifinals on Monday, March 5 and the championship game set for Tuesday, March 6.

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