Middle Tennessee heads west ranked No. 26

Blue Raiders continue to move up each week in the national polls

February 3, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team has won 14 straight and continues to climb in the national polls, earning a spot as high as No. 26 in this week's rankings. The Blue Raiders will take their 19-4 overall and 11-0 Sun Belt Conference record into the Mountain Time Zone to face the Denver Pioneers at 8 p.m. Central Wednesday.

The Blue Raiders' winning streak is the fourth longest in the country entering Tuesday's games. MT moved into the No. 26 spot on this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll receiving 19 votes, trailing DePaul for the 25th position.

Middle Tennessee remained 31st in this week's Associated Press Poll, garnering 11 votes from the national media.

Junior forward Alysha Clark, the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week and the nation's second-leading scorer, paced the Lady Raiders in their last game with a career-high 40 points in the 91-75 victory over ULM Saturday. She was selected as a Midseason Top-20 Candidate for the Wooden Award and responded with her best night as a collegian, falling just one point shy of the Murphy Center scoring record and four shy of the overall school standard.

Denver will enter Wednesday's game with a 12-9 overall and 7-3 Sun Belt record. The Pioneers, coached by first-year mentor Erik Johnson, are 5-0 at home against the rest of the league.

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