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Clark Signs Scholarship with Blue Raiders

Will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out 2007-08

May 11, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee women's basketball coach Rick Insell announced the signing of two-time conference player of the year Alysha Clark to scholarship papers on Friday. Clark is transferring from Belmont and will sit out the 2007-08 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Clark signed scholarship papers with Middle Tennessee Friday morning after announcing she would transfer from Belmont last week. She will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming season.

"We're happy to have her, happy that she chose us," Insell said. "She'll bring some things to the table that we want - mental toughness, rebounding, running the floor, playing defense. That's what we're all about. She wants to win and she so competitive. She knows how to win because she came from a great high school program. She will add a lot to our program."

Clark is the two-time Atlantic Sun Conference MVP and also earned the league's Freshman of the Year award in 2005-06. She averaged 17.0 points and 12.6 rebounds in 2006-07 in leading Belmont to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a 25-7 record.

She ranked third nationally this season in rebounding, 10th in field goal percentage (.580) and was also 68th in the country in scoring. Clark scored her 1,000th career point at Belmont this season on February 17.

As a freshman the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native averaged 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest, ranking 16th nationally in scoring and 11th in the country in rebounding. She is the only player in Atlantic Sun Conference history to garner Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year accolades and earned First Team All-Sun honors as well as All-Freshman Team accolades. She was also 26th in the nation in field goal percentage in 2005-06, hitting 54.3 percent of her shots and was voted A-Sun Player of the Week five times.

Clark posted 18 double-doubles as a freshman, second most in the nation for a first-year player, scored in doubles figures in all but one contest and netted a career-high 36 points at Clemson in just her collegiate contest.

Clark prepped at Mt. Juliet High School, garnering Midstate Player of the Year honors and 2005 WBCA High School All-America Honorable Mention. She averaged 24 points and 11.6 rebounds as a senior, shooting 67 percent from the field and 78 percent at the foul line.

She was named Class AAA Miss Basketball and TSSAA State Tournament MVP as a senior as well and was the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year. Clark was also voted to the 2005 Girls All-Southern Basketball Team by the Orlando Sentinel and an AAU All-American and on the Tennessee All-Star Team.

Middle Tennessee is coming off its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and a school-record for wins after posting a 30-4 mark. The Blue Raiders won their first-round NCAA Tournament game over Gonzaga before falling in the second round. Middle Tennessee is 50-15 the last two seasons under Insell, the best two-year record in the history of the program.

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