Second exhibition game on tap for Middle Tennessee Tuesday

Blue Raiders preparing for season opener Sunday

November 8, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team will play host to Alabama-Huntsville at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second and final exhibition game of the 2010-11 schedule inside the Murphy Center.

The Blue Raiders opened their exhibition slate with a 94-59 victory over Lincoln Memorial Thursday in which all five starters reached double figures, led by a game-high 19 points from junior Tina Stewart. Others in double digits included senior Anne Marie Lanning with 16, sophomores Kortni Jones and Icelyn Elie with 14 apiece and freshman Ebony Rowe with 10 in her debut.

Elie led all MT players with eight boards, one more than Rowe's effort on the glass. Jones dished six assists, while Rowe swiped four steals to lead Rick Insell's squad.

Middle Tennessee started the game with a 10-0 run and then opened up a four-point difference, 16-12, with a 14-4 spurt and never looked back in picking up the victory. The lead swelled to a game-high 37 points late in the second half before the final margin was decided.

Alabama-Huntsville struggled to a 4-20 record, including a 1-9 mark in the Gulf South Conference, a year ago. Roy Heintz is in his second season as the Lady Chargers' head coach after a two-year career as an assistant at Florida State before moving on to a seven-year stint as the head coach at Covenant College.

The matchup with the Blue Raiders will be the third exhibition game for UAH. It has already faced Florida State and Alabama during the early portion of its schedule.

Middle Tennessee will begin the 2010-11 regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday when it plays host to Big East foe USF inside the Murphy Center. Tickets are available by calling 1-888-YES-MTSU.

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