Quotes and Notes from Cincinnati Contest

November 24, 2001 · MT Media Relations
ALUKA MOVES UP SCORING LIST: With 10 points today, Joanne Aluka recorded her first double-digit game of the year and the 51st of her career. The 10 points moved Aluka past Lianne Beck for 17th place on the all-time scoring list. Aluka now has 977 career points and needs only five more to take over 16th place from Cortney Neeley.

MCCLURE PASSES MCFALL: With five assists against Cincinnati, Jessica McClure moved past Jennifer McFall for seventh place on Middle Tennessee all-time assist list. McClure ran her career total to 354, which stands just one assist shy of sixth place Janet Ross.

ALUKA MOVES TO 12TH: With six rebounds today Joanne Aluka surpassed Sherry Tucker for 12th place on the all-time rebounding list. Aluka now has 580 career caroms and needs 41 more to move past Robin Hendrix for 11th place.

CAREER-HIGH FOR SCHLUETER: Freshman Jessica Schlueter came off the bench against UC to score a personal best eight points on 4-for-5 shooting. Schlueter also played a season-high 15 minutes and equalled her career best with two boards.

THOMATIS TOPS 1,500: With 18 points against Cincinnati, senior Jamie Thomatis went over the 1,500-point mark in her career. Thomatis, who ranks fifth all-time in scoring, now has 1,502 points.

THIS -N' THAT: Jamie Thomatis made her 41st straight start today - Joanne Aluka made her 57th start in the last 59 Lady Raider games - Point guard Paula Pentilla made her first start of the season today after earning 29 starts a year ago - Jamie Thomatis recorded her 16th consecutive double figure scoring game - Sophomore Keisha McClinic dished out a personal best four assists against the Lady Bearcats - The Lady Raiders saw their streak of five straight home wins come to an end with the loss to UC - The Lady Raiders are now 0-4 all-time against Cincinnati.

MT Head Coach Stephany Smith:
"I wanted this game against Cincinnati really bad, because I thought it would solidify our performance against Georgia a few days ago. I think we are going to be a totally different team in six weeks, but right now if they don't come in mentally prepared, we are going to get beat." "The offensive rebounding by Cincinnati was key. They got three big offensive rebounds from free throw situations and those are things you can't give up. I was really pleased with the effort of our freshmen today, especially with the play of Jessica Schlueter and Renee Hall. They didn't just come in and hold ground for us, they brought us back into the game."

MT Forward Jamie Thomatis:
"At the end of the game I had to decide whether to go for two or three and I took what I thought would be the easy shot. We had a sluggish beginning to start the game, and near the end we decided to suck it up and play. I knew as a senior I needed to come out and be a catalyst on the floor."

MT Forward Joanne Aluka:
"We had a big mental lapse in this game and didn't come into the game boxing out. Today we thought we could come out and soar, but that didn't happen for us. I was proud of our freshmen Jessica Schlueter and Renee Hall, they came into the game and gave the team good minutes."

Cincinnati Head Coach Laurie Pirtle:
"I thought the last shot by Middle Tennessee was going in. Jamie Thomatis is a great player for Middle and she adjusted well to the way we played her in the second half. We wanted to come into today's game and run our transition, because we knew we would have to run against Middle Tennessee. Coming into the game I knew Middle Tennessee was a great rebounding team and they would not accept box outs. I was worried about us coming in and getting out-rebounded, and I am very proud of my team's effort today."

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