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MT hosts Louisiana in midst of six-game win streak

Blue Raiders and Cajuns tip at 3 p.m. Saturday

January 18, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Middle Tennessee women's basketball partakes in a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 19 when the Blue Raiders host the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at the Murphy Center.

GAME INFORMATION

Matchup: Louisiana (7-11, 1-8 SBC) at Middle Tennessee (12-5, 7-1 SBC)
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. (doubleheader)
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Arena: Murphy Center (11,520)
Tickets: GoBlueRaiders.com or call 1-888-YES-MTSU
Promotion: Costume Night

SERIES INFORMATION

Overall: MT leads series, 18-0
In Murfreesboro: MT leads series, 9-0
Last Meeting: MT 72, UL 45 - Nov. 24, 2012 - Lafayette, La.
Under Rick Insell: 10-0

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MEDIA INFORMATION

Radio: WMOT (89.5 FM)/WGNS 1450 AM, 100.5 FM, 101.9 FM
Play-by-Play: Dick Palmer
Color Analyst: Duane Hickey
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QUICK HITTERS

• Middle Tennessee (12-5, 7-1 Sun Belt) remains in a two-way tie for first place in the SBC East with Western Kentucky after knocking off UALR, 65-56, on Wednesday evening. Ebony Rowe etched another career-high with 35 points and grabbed a season-best 17 rebounds in the victory.
• For the third time this season, Ebony Rowe was named the Sun Belt Player of the Week. The honor was the 11th of her career after averaging 27 points and 12 rebounds in wins over FAU and ULM.
• Rowe has reached double-figure scoring in 25 straight games dating back to last season - the sixth longest streak in the nation. When she reaches 20 points or more, MT is 26-4, including 9-2 this season.
• There are four Top 20 NCAA categories in which Rowe ranks. She is fifth in points (22.4), seventh in double-doubles (11), 17th in rebounds per game (11.2) and 19th in field goal percentage (55.2).
• MT and Louisiana (7-11, 1-8 SBC) are meeting for the 19th time on Saturday. The Blue Raiders hold an 18-0 all-time lead in the series, including a 72-45 victory earlier this season in Lafayette.
• Forward Ebony Rowe leads the Raiders with 22.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Icelyn Elie (13.9) and Kortni Jones (12.8) are also averaging double-figures in 17 contests this season.

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GAME NOTES

Scouting Louisiana

• Louisiana (7-11, 1-8 Sun Belt) has lost six out of its' last seven games, including a five game losing skid.
• The Cajuns almost ended that streak on Thursday, but fell short to WKU, 75-64. UL led by as many as 11 in the second half, but WKU used an 11-point run of their own to remain tied atop the SBC East. UL made 10-of-20 from three-point land in the loss.
• On Dec. 29, UL knocked off defending SBC Tournament Champion UALR, 56-54, in double overtime at the Cajundome. The Cajuns also upended Tulane in overtime, 65-64.
• The Ragin' Cajuns are boasting 56.9 points per game, while shooting 36 percent (391-of-1095) from the field. UL is shooting a 32 percent clip (86-of-267) from three-point range, which ranks second in the conference. UL is the top offensive rebounding team in the league, boasting 16.6 rebounds per game.
• UL is led by freshman Sylvana Okde, who is averaging 11.8 points per game and has a league-best 50 triples. KeKe Veal is scoring 11.1 points with 4.2 rebounds in 17 games this season. The Cajuns' top rebounder is Ashley Benjamin, grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game.

Series with the Ragin' Cajuns

• Louisiana and MT meet for the 19th time on Saturday. The Raiders hold a daunting 18-0 edge in the series that began on Feb. 17, 2001.
• MT has defeated UL by an average of 21 points during the past 18 meetings.
• There have only been three games decided by 10 points or less: Jan. 25, 2005, Jan. 26, 2006 and March 6, 2007- all of which were under UL head coach J. Kelly Hall.
• MT collected a 72-54 victory over UL on Nov. 24, 2012. Ebony Rowe had 21 points, while Icelyn Elie followed with 15 and Kortni Jones with 13 for the Raiders.
• Rick Insell holds a 10-0 mark against the Cajuns since joining the program in 2005.
• Coach Garry Brodhead enters his first season at the helm of the program. He spent the past five seasons as the Associate Head Coach at McNeese State. While at MSU, Brodhead helped the Cowgirls to a 52-15 record over the past two seasons. Prior to his arrival at McNeese, Brodhead spent 10 seasons at Lafayette's Tuerlings Catholic High School, where he compiled a 297-78 record.

Hitting the National Stage

• Having a player reach the Top 5 in national scoring is not something new for head coach Rick Insell. Currently, Ebony Rowe ranks fifth in the NCAA with 22.4 points per game.
• There have been three other Blue Raiders to reach the Top 5 in national scoring under Insell. Chrissy Givens in 2006-07 was fourth. Amber Holt was the national leader in 2007-08 and Alysha Clark was the nation's top point scorer in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

A Trifecta of 1,000-point scorers

• There are three MT players that have notched 1,000 points during their respective careers.
Ebony Rowe reached 1,000 last season and currently is 14th with 1,449 points.
• Oak Ridge's Kortni Jones hit 1,000 points with her 21 against North Texas (Dec. 27) and ranks 23rd with 1,068 points.
Icelyn Elie became the 28th addition by reaching the 1,000 plateau at Arkansas State on Jan. 2. She has reached 1,060 in her career.
• The 2009-10 roster featured seven eventual 1,000-point scorers: Brandi Brown, Alysha Clark, Icelyn Elie, Kortni Jones, Anne Marie Lanning, Chelsia Lymon and Jackie Pickel.
• Since his arrival in 2005, Coach Insell has coached at least one season for 12 of the 28 1,000-point club members.

Just Jones'

• Senior Kortni Jones is in the Top 10 in three career categories at MT.
• She ranks third at MT with 626 3-pt attempts.
• Her 417 assists puts her fifth all-time, while she is fifth all-time with 209 triples.
• The Oak Ridge native is tied for 13th all-time in the Sun Belt with 209 triples, joining four other Blue Raiders that currently sit in the Top 15 in conference history.
• Jones leads the Sun Belt with 4.8 assists per game and is 64th nationally.
• The senior had a career-best eight rebounds in the win over UALR on Jan. 16.

Rowe Leading the Way

• Junior Ebony Rowe (1,449) is 14th all-time at MT in scoring. She reached a new career-high with 35 points versus UALR on Jan. 16.
• In 2011-12, Rowe joined Priscilla Robinson as the only Blue Raider to reach 1,000 in her sophomore campaign.
• The junior forward holds two school records in double-doubles (43) and offensive rebounds (429).
• Rowe is 51 rebounds shy of reaching third all-time in school history.
• Her 67 career blocks ranks ninth all-time.
• She has scored double-figures in 25 consecutive games, which is the sixth longest streak nationally.

Icelyn in her Veins

• Senior Icelyn Elie reached double-figures for the 54th time versus UALR. She inked her 14th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds at ULM on Jan. 12th.
• The Lebanon product ranks 22nd all-time at MT in career rebounding with 571.

Journey Through January

• Coach Rick Insell's squad is 5-0 this month. Since his arrival in 2005-06, the Blue Raiders are 60-6 in the month of January.
• MT has not lost a game in the first month since dropping a 62-59 decision at FIU on Jan. 29, 2011.

Insell Becomes All-Time Wins Leader

• Rick Insell broke Lewis Bivens' all-time record with his 183rd victory on Jan. 5 at South Alabama.
• Insell joins current Blue Raider men's coach, Kermit Davis as the winningest basketball coach in school history. Davis became the winningest men's coach last season, surpassing Jimmy Earle.
• MT joins three other schools (Gonzaga, Sacred Heart and UALR) in having their current men's and women's coaches as the all-time wins leaders.

Scouring the Sun Belt

• Middle Tennessee ranks second in the league with a +7.9 scoring margin and is second with a +3.71 turnover margin through 17 games. Junior Ebony Rowe leads the SBC in two categories: offensive rebounds per game (5.9) and minutes played (39.6). Rowe is second in points (22.4), rebounds (11.2) and field goal percentage (55.2). Guard Kortni Jones leads the SBC with 4.8 assists and is second with 2.1 triples per game. Shanice Cason is third with 2.7 steals each contest.

National Statistical Rankings

• The Raiders are in the top 100 in five statistical categories as released by the NCAA on Jan. 18. MT is 47th in turnover margin (+3.71), 69th in steals per game (10.6), 81st in scoring margin (+7.9), 92nd in scoring offense (66.9) and 96th in FG percentage (40.8).
• MT has three players in the top 100. Ebony Rowe ranks fifth with 22.4 points per game, 17th with 11.2 rebounds a contest and seventh with 11 double-doubles. Rowe is 19th in field goal percentage (55.2), while teammate Icelyn Elie follows at 76th (47.5). Kortni Jones ranks 64th with 4.8 assists per game. Shanice Cason ranks 72nd with 2.71 steals per game.

Rick Insell Live

• Rick Insell Live presented by Ascend Federal Credit Union airs each Monday evening at 6 p.m. The hour-long program will air on WGNS 1450 AM, WMOT 89.5 FM, WNSR 590 AM in Nashville and WDUC 93.9 FM in Tullahoma. The Voice of the Raiders, Dick Palmer, will host the show each week.

True Blue Week

• Fans are encouraged to wear blue when Middle Tennessee takes on rival WKU on Sunday, Jan. 27. There will be numerous promotions leading up for the week of Jan. 21, including alumni discounts and other benefits for fans. For more information, visit GoBlueRaiders.com.

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