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Blue Raiders back on TV Sunday

MT on SBC package four times this season

January 22, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - For the second-straight Sunday, the Middle Tennessee women's basketball team will be highlighted on the Sun Belt Network game of the week when it plays host to Denver at Noon Sunday inside the Murphy Center. The Blue Raiders and Pioneers match up for the only time in the regular season live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) regionally as Richard Cross (play-by-play) and Debbie Leonard (color analyst) call all the action.

Middle Tennessee carries a six-game winning streak into the contest, starting the conference slate as one of two unbeatens. The half-dozen victories have pushed the Blue Raiders' overall ledger to a Sun Belt-best 15-4 after a 103-52 triumph over Troy Wednesday.

Freshman Ebony Rowe and senior Anne Marie Lanning continue to lead the team as the only two players to start all 19 games. Rowe averages a team-high 16.6 points and 9.9 rebounds, while Lanning pours in 11.9 ppg.

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Lanning is just eight points shy of becoming the 25th player in Middle Tennessee history with 1,000 in her career. She will become the fifth Blue Raider in the last two seasons to reach the milestone.

Denver stands in second place in the conference's West Division with 12-7 overall and 4-2 league marks. A trio of players average in double figures for third-year mentor Erik Johnson, led by Kaetlyn Murdoch's 16.2 ppg.

Joining Murdoch with double-digit averages are Brianna Culberson (14.3 points) and Britteni Rice (13.6).

Middle Tennessee has won the 11 games in the series to claim an 11-3 advantage, including a perfect 6-0 mark at home.

Dick Palmer and Duane Hickey will have all the action 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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