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Midweek home game awaits Blue Raiders

MT to play inside Murphy Center three times in next four games

January 11, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team will return to the friendly confines of the Murphy Center for a 7 p.m. Wednesday tip against East Division foe Florida Atlantic. It will mark the first of three home games for the Blue Raiders among their next four contests.

Middle Tennessee brings a 12-4 overall and 3-0 Sun Belt record into Wednesday's meeting. The Blue Raiders are coming off an 84-62 triumph at Louisiana Saturday in which five players netted double-figure scoring.

Sophomore Kortni Jones has led the team in scoring in each of its last two games, including a career-high 24 points against North Texas last week. She also poured in 20 against the Ragin' Cajuns on the strength of a career-best tying five 3-pointers. Freshman Jordyn Luffman also netted five triples to tally a career-high 15 points against Louisiana.

Fellow freshman Ebony Rowe continues to lead Middle Tennessee, however, with a double-double average of 17.5 points and 10.4 rebounds to rank second and first, respectively, among the Sun Belt's players. Her league averages of 19.7 points and 14.7 rebounds are first in both categories.

Senior Anne Marie Lanning continues her pursuit of becoming the 25th Blue Raider in program history to join the 1,000-point club. She enters the game with the Owls just 49 points shy of the plateau, ranking 28th in school history with 951 points.

Florida Atlantic owns a 4-11 overall and 1-3 league ledger thus far under the direction of 12th-year head coach Chancellor Dugan. The Owls knocked off Arkansas State Saturday for their first SBC triumph of the campaign to snap a five-game losing streak.

Lyrell Barfield, a Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team selection, tops the squad with 12.0 ppg to rank 14th in the latest Sun Belt statistics. Vontrice Dennis, a former South Alabama player, is seventh in the conference with a team-best 7.9 rpg.

Middle Tennessee leads the all-time series, 8-1, and has won the last two meetings. The Blue Raiders are 5-0 against Florida Atlantic when the meetings have been in Murfreesboro.

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Dick Palmer and Duane Hickey will call all the action on the Blue Raider Network. Radio stations picking up the broadcast include WGNS (100.5 FM, 101.9 FM, 1450 AM), WMOT (89.5 FM) and WBRY (96.7 FM, 1540 AM).

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