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Middle Tennessee grabs three All-Sun Belt honors

Elie, Jones and Rowe earn accolades

March 6, 2013 · @MTAthletics

NEW ORLEANS - Middle Tennessee women's basketball led the Sun Belt Conference with three All-Conference selections, as announced by the league office on Wednesday morning. Kortni Jones and Ebony Rowe earned first team honors, while Icelyn Elie was selected to second team All-Sun Belt.

The three selections are the most of any Sun Belt team this season and marks the second year in a row that Elie, Jones and Rowe earned postseason All-Conference accolades.

Rowe led the Blue Raiders with 20 points and 11 rebounds in 29 contests. The Lexington, Ky., native led the league with a 54 field goal percentage (227-of-417) and 5.4 offensive rebounds per game. Rowe was second in the league in points and third in rebounds per game. Rowe ranks in the NCAA's top 20 in four categories: double-doubles (17 - 13th), field goal percentage (54.4 - 18th), points per game (20.0 - 19th), and rebounds per game (11.0 - 19th).

She racked up 17 double-doubles for a school record 49 in her career. The All-America candidate holds the school record with 487 offensive rebounds and is second all-time in program history with 965 total rebounds. Currently, Rowe ranks ninth in all-time scoring, totaling 1,650 points in 93 career contests. Rowe is also in the school's top 10 categories in field goals made, free throws made and blocks. She becomes only the second Blue Raider to earn three or more first team All-Sun Belt honors, joining Patrice Holmes (2002-05). In addition, Rowe joins Holmes along with Jennifer McFall, Priscilla Robinson and Kim Webb as the only Blue Raider athletes to garner three or more All-Conference accolades.

Jones garnered her second first team All-Conference selection after averaging 16.2 points per game, which ranked second on the team. She led the Sun Belt with 4.5 assists and 2.5 triples per game. The Oak Ridge product was fourth in the SBC in points per game and was third in the league with a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio. Jones has reached double figures in 23 contests, including 13 consecutive games. Jones is second in program history and 19th on the Sun Belt ledger with 466 career assists. She is third all-time in program history with 249 made three-pointers. Her career makes is eighth all-time in Sun Belt career history. Jones has accumulated 1,319 points for 17th all-time at Middle Tennessee.

Elie averaged 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in 29 games for the Raiders this season. She earned a second team All-Conference selection for the second consecutive year. For the season, Elie ranked fourth in the Sun Belt in offensive rebounds, seventh in total rebounds and eighth in points scored. She has notched five double-doubles this season for 17 in her career. The junior has grabbed five or more rebounds in 18 consecutive games since Dec. 27, 2012. She scored a career-high 30 points in the win over in-state rival Memphis on Nov. 11. The senior forward was the 28th member to reach the 1,000-point club and ranks 21st all-time with 1,239 career points.

Since the Blue Raiders joined the Sun Belt in 2000-01, MT has racked up 28 All-Sun Belt selections and 20 first team accolades. Since Rick Insell arrived in 2005, MT has picked up 18 All-Sun Belt selections.

Middle Tennessee opens the 2013 Sun Belt Championships in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 9. The Raiders will take on No. 8 seed Florida Atlantic or No. 9 ULM. The contest is set for Noon at Summit Arena and will be televised on the Sun Belt Network.

WOMEN'S FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Jerica Coley (FIU, Junior, Guard)
Kortni Jones (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Guard)
Ebony Rowe (Middle Tennessee, Junior, Forward)
Chastity Gooch (WKU, Sophomore, Forward)
Alexis Govan (WKU, Sophomore, Guard) 

WOMEN'S SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Taylor Ford (UALR, Junior, Guard)
Jane Morrill (Arkansas State, Junior, Forward)
Chenise Miller (Florida Atlantic, RS-Junior, Forward)
Icelyn Elie (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Forward)
Joanna Harden (Troy, Junior, Guard)

WOMEN'S THIRD TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Marita Davydova (FIU, Junior, Center)
Ashleigh Simmons (Louisiana-Monroe, Junior, Forward)
Loryn Goodwin (North Texas, Freshman, Guard)
Alexis Hyder (North Texas, Freshman, Forward)
Mary Nixon (South Alabama, Senior, Guard)

WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jerica Coley (FIU, Junior, Guard)

WOMEN'S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chastity Gooch (WKU, Sophomore, Forward)

WOMEN'S FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Loryn Goodwin (North Texas, Freshman, Guard) 

WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR

Michelle Clark-Heard, WKU

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