Big Second Half Leads Lady Raiders to Win

November 11, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee outscored visiting West Alabama, 54-20, after halftime, with five Lady Raiders hitting for double figures in a 91-50 exhibition victory Sunday afternoon at the Murphy Center.

The Lady Raiders held a 37-30 halftime advantage over the Lady Tigers of the Gulf South Conference, but MT turned up the defensive pressure in the final 20 minutes and shot 56 percent from the field in the second half compared to only 37 percent for West Alabama.

Middle Tennessee led by as many as a dozen points in the opening half, with Lady Raider Jamie Thomatis scoring 10 points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting. But the visitors kept handing around, cutting the deficit to as little as three wit4h 1:37 to play in the half on a CaMeshia Pete jumper.

The Lady Raiders led 43-37 five minutes into the second half before going on a 25-2 run over the next nine minutes, holding the UWA to just one field goal in the process and just seven fields goals in the second half. MT's Keisha McClinic poured in 11 points in the second half and Paula Penttila added 10 after the break.

McClinic led all Middle Tennessee scorers with 15 in the game, the second straight game the sophomore has led the Lady Raiders in scoring. Thomatis and Penttila both had 13, while freshman Eboni Kirby added 12 and Jennifer Justice chipped in 11 points for the winners.

Nikki Jones led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, the only UWA player in double figures. Tausha Evans added nine, while Thelma Hearn and Pete both had eight for the visitors.

The Lady Raiders open the regular season Friday, November 16, at Tennessee State, and play at Georgia on November 20. MT plays its home opener on Saturday, November 24, against Cincinnati at 2 p.m.

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