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Middle Tennessee to be part of Sun Belt game of the week

Blue Raiders on CSS at Noon Sunday

January 15, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team hits the road for Jonesboro, Ark., for a Noon Sunday contest at Arkansas State, which will be broadcast on TV as the Sun Belt game of the week. The tilt can be seen locally in Murfreesboro on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS), Channel 27.

The Blue Raiders will be on the Sun Belt Network four times the remainder of the season, two at home and two away. The veteran announcing crew of Lyn Rollins on play-by-play and Debbie Leonard as color analyst handle all the action.

Middle Tennessee, on a season-best four-game winning streak, owns the conference's top overall record at 13-4 and is one of two undefeated teams in the league, joining UALR, with a 4-0 ledger.

A balanced scoring attack leads the way with only freshman Ebony Rowe (17.2 ppg) and senior Anne Marie Lanning (12.0 ppg) in double figures. Rowe, a three-time Sun Belt Player of the Week, also averages double-digits in rebounding with 10.2 per game.

The Red Wolves carry a 10-8 overall and 3-2 league record into Sunday's meeting. Head coach Brian Boyer, in his 12th season at the helm, also has a very balanced offensive attack, led by Shania Hurst's 11.2 ppg. Sherina Scott is next with 11.1 ppg and a team-high 9.5 rpg, while Qiuinishia McDowell rounds out the Arkansas State double-figure scoring trio with 10.9 ppg, including a team-best 24 3-pointers.

The Blue Raiders are 14-5 all-time in the series, including a 75-65 victory last season in Jonesboro. Middle Tennessee has won the last two meetings and head coach Rick Insell is 6-1 all-time against the Red Wolves.

Dick Palmer will have all the action live from the ASU Convocation Center on the Blue Raider Network, including WGNS (100.5 FM, 101.9 FM, 1450 AM), WMOT (89.5 FM) and WBRY (96.7 FM, 1540 AM).

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