Florida swing concludes with Saturday afternoon tip against Owls

Blue Raiders looking for eighth-straight victory

January 13, 2012 · Athletic Communications

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Middle Tennessee women’s basketball team will look to win its eighth-straight game when it stays in Florida for a 2 p.m. (CST) Saturday contest at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. The Blue Raiders have won their last seven, dating back to the start of the run Dec. 18 at home against Tennessee State.

The two-game road trip to south Florida opened with a 74-60 triumph over FIU Thursday afternoon in Miami. Middle Tennessee trailed by eight at the half before mounting the comeback to sweep the season series against the Panthers.

All five starters netted double-figure points, led by 19 from sophomore Ebony Rowe. She also had a team-high nine rebounds, just shy of a double-double. Three other players scored 13 points apiece, while Laken Leonard matched her career-best effort with 12 points.

Women's Basketball vs. FAU
Thursday’s victory was the 161st in the career of head coach Rick Insell, tying him for second place on the school’s all-time wins list with Larry Joe Inman (1979-86). Insell accomplished the equaling victory in 21 fewer games than Inman.

The Blue Raiders remain the lone unbeaten team in the Sun Belt with a 5-0 league record as part of their overall 13-5 record. MT is 10-1 all-time against Florida Atlantic, with Insell owning a 9-1 mark during his tenure.

The Owls, coached by Chancellor Dugan, bring an 8-7 overall record but 3-1 conference ledger into the clash inside FAU Arena. Despite not having Preseason All-Sun Belt honoree Breana Turner all season due to a knee injury, Dugan has led her team to currently a second-place standing in the East Division behind Middle Tennessee.

Chenise Miller paces a balanced scoring attack with 9.9 points per game, while also grabbing a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game. Teri Stamps and Latavia Dempsey average 9.1 and 8.9 points per game, ranking second and third on the squad respectively.

Florida Atlantic has captured wins in three of its last four outings, although it dropped a 60-38 decision at UALR Saturday in its most recent contest. The Owls are 5-1 at home this year, only falling Dec. 9 to Saint Louis, 70-63.

Dick Palmer will call all the action on the Blue Raider Network of WMOT (89.5 FM) and WGNS (1450 AM, 100.5 FM, 101.9 FM).

In addition, 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament booklets are now on sale at the Middle Tennessee athletic ticket office. Cost per booklet is $83 and includes a ticket to all eight sessions of the Sun Belt Championships, March 3-6, in Hot Springs, Ark. Fans can purchase booklets by calling 1-888-YES-MTSU or visiting goblueraiders.com.

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