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Middle Tennessee heads to New Orleans before New Year

Final game of 2009 calendar year

December 29, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team will tip one last time before the 2010 calendar arrives, as it travels to New Orleans, La., Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest against New Orleans in Sun Belt action.

The Blue Raiders closed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a thrilling, 57-51 victory over SEC foe Kentucky Monday night inside the Murphy Center. Middle Tennessee, which improved its record to 6-4 with the triumph, led for the majority of the game and outscored the previously unbeaten Wildcats 6-0 over the final 32.3 seconds. Senior Jackie Pickel launched a long-range 3-pointer with 32.3 ticks remaining and three free throws iced the win.

Senior Brandi Brown led the Blue Raiders with 16 points, while two-time reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week and All-American Alysha Clark added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Senior Chelsia Lymon matched her career high with eight boards, as the whole team contributed to the victory.

New Orleans has lost four straight to drop its record to 6-7. Head coach Amy Champion's squad has played two Sun Belt games, falling in both, compared to a 1-0 league start for Middle Tennessee.

The two teams met in last year's Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinals with the Blue Raiders prevailing with an 82-47 win. It completed the season sweep over the Lady Privateers.

Middle Tennessee kicks off the remainder of its schedule with the game, all against Sun Belt foes.

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