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Lady Raiders return home for Pink Zone game

Team to wear pink uniforms for a post-game auction

February 14, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team will return home for a two-game set, beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday in the annual Pink Zone game against North Texas inside the Murphy Center.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a 75-60 victory at Troy Wednesday in which junior forward Alysha Clark netted a school-record 50 points, while tying the Sun Belt Conference mark. Her output is the highest for an NCAA Division I player this season and moved her into first nationally with a 25.6 points per game average.

Middle Tennessee, currently fourth nationally with a 16-game winning streak, sits atop the Sun Belt's East Division with a 13-0 league record for the only unblemished mark in the conference. The Lady Raiders have clinched at least a share of the division title entering the weekend action and boast a 21-4 overall record.

North Texas will carry a 9-15 overall and 5-8 Sun Belt record into the Murphy Center. The Mean Green has won two straight, including a 62-52 triumph at New Orleans Wednesday.

MT captured a 72-52 victory in the two teams' earlier meeting this season, Dec. 31, in Denton, Texas. Clark scored a game-high 27 points, while grabbing a game-best 17 rebounds in the win.

The Lady Raiders will wear pink uniforms Sunday as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative. The jerseys will then be auctioned off following the conclusion of the game to raise money for cancer research. Last season, Middle Tennessee raised over $18,000 towards the cancer research, which was split between the WBCA's Kay Yow Fund and Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

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