Rowe wins the Ed Temple Amateur Female Award

Junior becomes fourth Blue Raider to garner prestigious honor

March 7, 2013 · @MTAthletics

NASHVILLE - Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe was named the Ed Temple Amateur Female Award recipient at the 15th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger and the Nashville Sports Council on Thursday evening. The event was held at the Grand Ole Opry.

Rowe earned the award for her outstanding play during the 2011-12 campaign. Last year, she was named to the WBCA All-Regional Team, the All-Sun Belt first team and the All-Sun Belt tournament team. She averaged a near double-double with 16.5 points and 9.9 rebounds last season. The Lexington, Ky., native was the 26th player to join the 1,000 point club and only the second to do so by end of her sophomore season.

The Ed Temple Awards are given to a male and female amateur athlete that had an outstanding achievement in the world of sports. Rowe became the fourth Blue Raider to earn the honor, joining Alysha Clark (2010), Bryce Brentz (2009) and Dewon Brazelton (2001). Other nominees this year included MT Track & Field's Ann Dudley, Vanderbilt lacrosse star Ally Carey, Commodore basketball player Christina Foggie and VU golfer Lauren Stratton.

This season, Rowe leads the Blue Raiders with 20 points and 11 rebounds in 29 contests. She led the Sun Belt with a 54 field goal percentage (227-of-417) and 5.4 offensive 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).

Rowe has racked up 17 double-doubles this and 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. The junior forward 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.

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.

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