Women's basketball alumnae return as Blue Raiders close regular season Sunday

Middle Tennessee will play host to WKU in regular-season finale on CSS

February 28, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team will put an end to its regular season but open the doors to its alumnae when the Blue Raiders play host to the WKU Lady Toppers at 3:30 p.m. Sunday inside the Murphy Center live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).

The current Lady Raider squad enters the game with a 24-5 overall and 16-1 Sun Belt Conference record. MT has clinched the top seed in the upcoming league tournament and at least a share of the SBC's regular-season title following its 74-54 triumph at FIU Wednesday. The Blue Raiders can seal the regular-season crown outright with a win against their biggest rival, whom they defeated 68-56 in the earlier season matchup this season.

The Lady Toppers bring a 16-11, 10-7 mark into the Murphy Center. They have won their last two games, but have lost four of their last five on the road.

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Middle Tennessee will welcome nearly 50 alumnae back to campus with a special recognition organized by the Varsity Club at halftime. The 1983-84 squad will be honored, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the team which posted a 19-10 record, captured the Ohio Valley Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed.

Seven players including the program's only two Hall of Fame inductees (Jennifer McFall and Kim Webb) will join the head coach of that 1983-84 team Larry Joe Inman, along with assistant coach Diane Turnham and head trainer George Camp. Webb is the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,148 points - the only Lady Raider to surpass the 2,000 mark in her career.

Lyn Rollins will handle play-by-play and Debbie Leonard will provide color commentary on the television broadcast for the regional audience.

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The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also be holding a canned food drive at the game. Fans are encouraged to bring a canned food and turn it into student-athletes, who will be stationed at all entrances.

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