Raiders host Troy for Play 4Kay/Power of Pink Game

Middle Tennessee in midst of 12-game win streak

February 9, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Middle Tennessee hosts the annual Play 4Kay/Power of Pink game on Sunday, Feb. 10 when Troy visits the Murphy Center. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tipoff.


Matchup: Troy (4-18, 1-12 Sun Belt) at Middle Tennessee (18-5, 13-1 SBC)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Arena: Murphy Center (11,520)
Tickets: Click here or call 1-888-YES-MTSU


Overall: MT leads series, 16-0
Under Rick Insell: 14-0
In Murfreesboro: MT leads series, 8-0
Last Meeting: MT 82, Troy 52 - Jan. 25, 2012 - Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Women's Basketball vs. Troy

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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Today's Promotion

Sunday's game will be the Play 4Kay/Power of Pink game. The Blue Raiders are expected to don pink jerseys. The three senior jerseys will be auctioned off after the game. Also, Middle Tennessee Medical Center will be handing out information and collecting donations for breast cancer awareness.

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Ebony Rowe All-America Campaign

• The MT Athletic Communications office rolled out the Ebony Rowe for All-America campaign this weekend.
• MT Athletics launched a Twitter account (@RaidersRowe) for fans and media to follow on the junior's progress this season, while encouraging followers to use the #RaidersRowe hashtag.
• An interactive website, RaidersRowe.com, highlights Rowe's academic and athletic successes since she joined the Blue Raider program.


Quick Hitters

• Middle Tennessee (18-5, 13-1 Sun Belt) remains in first place in the SBC East and hosts Troy (4-18, 1-12 SBC) this Sunday in the annual Play 4Kay/Power of Pink game at the Murphy Center.
• On Wednesday, Middle Tennessee won by the largest margin of victory this season, drubbing Arkansas State, 93-49. Kortni Jones paced the Raiders with a career-high 32 points. Icelyn Elie added 21 points and Ebony Rowe chipped in with 19.
• The Blue Raiders' 12 game win streak is tied for fifth nationally with Florida Gulf Coast.
Ebony Rowe leads the Raiders with 21.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Kortni Jones follows with 15 and Icelyn Elie with 14.5 points per game.
• With Jones' 32 points against Arkansas State on Wednesday, MT is the only team in the nation to have three different players score 30-plus points in different games this season. The trio has reached double-figures in seven consecutive games.
• There are four Top 25 NCAA categories in which Ebony Rowe ranks. She is 12th in double-doubles (13), 13th in points (21.0), 13th in field goal percentage (55.4) and 24th in rebounds per game (10.7).

Scouting Troy

• Troy (4-18, 1-12 Sun Belt) has dropped 11 out of their last 12 games. The Trojans snapped a 10-game losing skid with a 68-61 victory against Louisiana at Trojan Arena on Feb. 2. However, Troy couldn't sustain the momentum as they dropped a 74-58 decision at rival South Alabama on Wednesday.
• The Trojans are the nation's 16th best scoring offense, averaging 73.7 points per game. However, Troy is last nationally in scoring defense, giving up 81.8 points per game.
• From the field, TU is shooting 40 percent (585-of-1405), while giving up 43 percent (647-of-1495) to opponents.
• Junior guard Joanna Harden is the squad's top scorer, boasting 14.0 points per game. Ashley Beverley-Kelley is pacing Troy with 12.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. The freshman leads the Trojans with 28 makes from 3-point land. Also in double-figures is Britney McCloud with 10.2 points each contest.
• Chanda Rigby is in her first season as the women's basketball head coach at Troy. She comes to Troy following back-to-back state championships and two trips to the Final Four at Pensacola State. Rigby spent seven seasons at Pensacola State College where she led the Pirates to a combined 64-6 record over the last two seasons and two trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association Final Four; the Pirates were victorious in third place games on both occasions. With over 20 years of head coaching experience, Rigby has been successful at every level of competition, posting a 414-149 record, at the high school, two-year college and four-year college levels.

Series with the Trojans

• Middle Tennessee and Troy meet for the 17th time on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Raiders hold a 16-0 lead in the series that began on Dec. 11, 1992. MT is 8-0 all-time versus Troy inside the Murphy Center.
• Since Rick Insell's arrival in 2005-06, the Blue Raiders have won by an average margin of 25 points per game. However, last season Troy tested those limits as Middle Tennessee escaped with a 72-66 overtime win at Trojan Arena. The Raiders later recovered with an 82-52 win at Murphy Center on Jan. 25.

In Sun Belt Play

• Coach Rick Insell has a remarkable 119-13 record against Sun Belt competition in the regular season. His win total ranks fourth in the SBC and his winning percentage (.902) is second all-time behind Louisiana Tech's Leon Barmore.
• During the past two seasons, MT has won 29 out of its' last 30 regular season SBC games.

Experience Pays Off

• Middle Tennessee's Icelyn Elie, Kortni Jones and Ebony Rowe have all reached double-figures in nine out of the last 12 games, including seven straight contests.
• Rowe has shot 60 percent or more from the field in six of the last eight games. Meanwhile, Kortni Jones has four or more assists in 10 of the last 12 contests. On the boards, Icelyn Elie has registered five or more rebounds in 12 consecutive games.
• The tandem has put together 3,903 points in 9,292 minutes of action in a combined 310 games played.

Scoring Diversity

• For opponents, it's hard to guess which Raider might strike while the iron is hot. MT is the only team in the nation to have three different players score 30-plus points in different games this season. Ebony Rowe has accomplished this feat twice (Jan. 12 & Jan. 16). Icelyn Elie inked 30 against Memphis (Nov. 11), while Kortni Jones put up 32 versus Arkansas State (Feb. 6).
• There have been only 17 other teams across the nation to have two different players reach 30-plus points this season.

At Home Under Insell

• Middle Tennessee holds a daunting 100-11 record under Coach Rick Insell inside the friendly confines of the Murphy Center.
• MT owns a 67-2 (.971) home conference record inside the Murphy Center under head coach Rick Insell, who took over the program prior to the 2005-06 campaign.
Road Warriors
• The Blue Raiders are in the midst of a new school record with 14 consecutive conference road wins dating back to last season. MT was undefeated in league play last year and has been unharmed in seven SBC road games this season.
• The previous conference road win streak record of 10 started on Jan. 20, 2010 at ULM and ended with a loss to FIU on Jan. 29, 2011.

A Winning Combination

• As of Saturday morning, the Middle Tennessee men's and women's basketball programs have combined for 39 wins this season, tying for third nationally with Notre Dame.
• Duke and Gonzaga lead the country with both of their men's and women's programs posting a combined 41 victories this season.

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.
Protect the Ball
• It's pretty simple. 16 of Middle Tennessee's wins have come when the Blue Raiders protect the ball and force their opponent to have more turnovers. MT is 16-3 this season when the opposing team turns the ball over more.

Soaring in Attendance

• MT women's basketball has accumulated remarkable numbers in attendance so far this season. The Raiders are averaging 4,151 fans per game after 11 home affairs. MT welcomed its' second largest crowd in school history with 10,107 against APSU on Dec. 4.
• This season, Middle Tennessee is 20th nationally in attendance per game and up 35 percent from a year ago.

Ranking in the Sun Belt

• Middle Tennessee leads the Sun Belt in scoring margin with +11.4 per game. MT is second in five other categories: rebounding defense (35.3), assists per game (13.5), turnover margin (+4.04), assist/turnover ratio (0.83) and offensive rebounds (14.8). Junior Ebony Rowe leads the SBC with 5.2 offensive rebounds per game. Rowe is second in points (21.0), rebounds (10.7), field goal percentage (55.4) and minutes played (39.0). Guard Kortni Jones leads the SBC with 4.7 assists and is second with 2.35 triples made per game. Shanice Cason is third with 2.61 steals per game.

National Statistical Rankings

• The Raiders are in the top 75 in six categories as released by the NCAA on Feb. 8. MT is 39th in scoring margin (+11.4), 42nd in turnover margin (+4.04), 58th in field goal percentage (42.1), 64th in scoring offense (68.4), 76th in scoring defense (57.0) and 73rd in steals per game (10.4).
• MT has four players in the top 100. Ebony Rowe ranks 13th with 21.0 points per game, 24th with 10.7 rebounds a contest and tied for 12th with 13 double-doubles. Rowe is 13th in field goal percentage (55.4), while Icelyn Elie is listed 51st (49.3). Kortni Jones ranks 65th with 4.7 assists per game. Shanice Cason is 71st in the NCAA with 2.61 steals per game.

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