Three-game road swing begins Thursday for Middle Tennessee

Trip opens with No. 9/10 Xavier

December 2, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A critical three-game road trip in non-conference action is next on the docket for the Middle Tennessee women's basketball team. The action begins at 6 p.m. Central Thursday as the Blue Raiders travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to face No. 9/10 Xavier.

Middle Tennessee enters the trio of games with a 3-2 record, having alternated wins and losses through the opening five contests of the campaign. The Blue Raiders will be looking to break the ritual against the nationally-ranked Musketeers, who bring a 5-0 record to the matchup.

The two teams have met five times previously with MT owning a 3-2 lead in the series after capturing wins in each of the last three games. Middle Tennessee earned victories in both tilts played in Cincinnati, during the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons. Thursday's contest will mark the first in the series under head coach Rick Insell.

Redshirt senior All-American Alysha Clark leads the Blue Raiders with 25.8 ppg and 13.0 rpg. She ranks first in the Sun Belt and fourth nationally in both categories and is also among the top players with a 60.7 field goal percentage.

Amber Harris leads head coach Kevin McGuff's squad with 15.6 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Five different Musketeers average double-figure scoring, while April Phillips and Ta'Shia Phillips also haul in an average of more than eight rebounds per game.

Other games on the three-game road trip include No. 26/25 Louisville, the defending national runner-up, and South Dakota State.

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