Blue Raiders welcome rival to town for ESPN3.com broadcast

Last seven in the series have been won by Middle Tennessee

February 7, 2012 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Middle Tennessee women’s basketball team will look to extend its current 13-game win streak when it plays host to rival Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. Wednesday live on ESPN3.com. The contest will serve as the Blue Raiders’ Pack the House Challenge game, as all MT fans are encouraged to attend.

Middle Tennessee remains the lone unbeaten in Sun Belt action following a pair of road victories last week, at North Texas and at Denver. The Blue Raiders improved their record to 11-0 in the conference and 19-5 overall, one triumph shy of a ninth-consecutive year with at least 20 wins.

MT also will be looking to extend its home conference record under head coach Rick Insell, which currently sits at 58-1 and ties with Stanford as the best mark nationally during the last seven seasons.

Women's Basketball vs. WKU
The Blue Raiders have won their last meetings against Western Kentucky to take a 27-23 lead in the all-time series. Insell is 12-3 against the Lady Toppers in his career, including a 7-0 ledger inside historic Murphy Center.

In the two games last week, the Blue Raiders knocked off the Mean Green by two, 70-68, before they defeated the Sun Belt West Division-leading Pioneers by 12, 75-63.

Sophomore Ebony Rowe continues to top the squad with averages of 17.1 points and 9.5 rebounds entering Wednesday’s action. She posted her 11th double-double of the season, and 27th of her career, against Denver with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior Kortni Jones has moved into a first-place tie with Sandy Brown (1988) for single-season MT 3-pointers with 84 after knocking down four against the Pioneers. Jones is also closing in on the single-season school mark for attempts from behind the arc, needing just 13 to match, while also putting her sights on the Sun Belt records for both categories.

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Junior Icelyn Elie is second to Rowe on the team for rebounds at 7.5 per game, while ranking third behind Rowe and Jones (16.0 ppg) in scoring with 13.5 per contest.

Western Kentucky holds 6-16 overall and 3-7 Sun Belt marks after dropping its last four games coming into Wednesday. The Lady Toppers’ last win was in their non-conference finale, a 71-58 triumph over Tennessee Tech Jan. 17.

LaTeira Owens paces head coach Mary Taylor Cowles’ squad with 11.4 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. She is the only WKU player to average double-figure points and her rebounding average is just ahead of Keshia Mosley’s 7.1.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com with Chip Walters handling play-by-play and Kyle Turnham serving as the color analyst.

Dick Palmer and Duane Hickey 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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