Blue Raiders head to Troy ranked No. 26 in both polls

MT on the verge of the Top 25 for second-straight week

February 10, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team is on the brink of entering both national polls again this week, ranking No. 26 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the same spot in the Associated Press Poll.

The Blue Raiders remained at No. 26 in the latest coaches poll, released Tuesday, but picked up 15 votes in the process. MT garnered 34 votes, up from 19 last week, to trail No. 25 DePaul by 11 votes.

The Lady Raiders also earned 34 votes by the media, a 23-point improvement, following 11 last week when they were listed at No. 31. Middle Tennessee again placed directly behind No. 25 DePaul with the Blue Demons ahead by 17 votes.

MT will put its 20-4 overall and 12-0 Sun Belt records on the line when it plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday at East Division foe Troy in Troy, Ala. The Blue Raiders handed the Trojans an 82-46 defeat in the meeting earlier this season, Dec. 20 in Murfreesboro, in the first Sun Belt game of the season for both schools.

The Lady Raiders have won 15 straight overall, the fourth-longest streak in the nation, which began two games prior to the first meeting with Troy. Middle Tennessee has won all nine games against Troy in program history, including a 7-0 record under head coach Rick Insell.

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