Lady Raiders set for semifinal round game against South Alabama

Game will be broadcast live on CSS throughout the Southeast

March 8, 2009 · Athletic Communications

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Top-seed Middle Tennessee will face No. 5-seed South Alabama at 12:30 p.m. Monday in women's basketball semifinal action of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark. The game will be televised live by ESPN+ and available throughout the Southeast on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).

The Blue Raiders won the two meetings earlier this season against the Lady Jaguars by an 80-57 and 90-64 scores. Sun Belt Player of the Year Alysha Clark averaged 26.5 ppg and 15.0 rpg in the two meetings, including a season-high 18 boards in Mobile in the first contest of the series this season.

Third Team All-Sun Belt selections Chelsia Lymon and Brandi Brown also averaged double-figure scoring against South Alabama with 15.5 ppg and 14.5 ppg, respectively.

Middle Tennessee opened tournament action with an 82-47 victory Saturday against No. 9 seed New Orleans behind 35 points from Clark. All five starters reached double-figure scoring in the win, improving the Lady Raiders' record to 26-5.

South Alabama advanced with a 52-39 triumph over No. 4 seed Troy. Second Team All-SBC choice Jessica Starling paces Rick Pietri's squad with 15.0 ppg.

The winner will advance to the league championship tilt at 3 p.m. Tuesday against the victor of No. 2 UALR and No. 3 Denver.

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