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Rowe named AP Honorable Mention All-American

Becomes fourth Raider to earn recognition during Insell era

April 2, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe was named women's basketball honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

The Lexington, Ky., product averaged 19.7 points and 11.2 rebounds in 33 games. She was ranked in four categories in the NCAA's top 20 and completed 21 doubles during the season. Rowe grabbed a single-season school record of 189 offensive rebounds, while earning second all-time in defensive rebounds (179) and total rebounds (368) during a season. Her 650 points scored was the seventh-best single-season performance during Middle Tennessee's 38-year history.

Rowe was given the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award on three occasions, the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Player of the Week honor a state-best six times and earned the Nashville Sport Council's Ed Temple Female Amateur Athlete of the Year for 2012.

In addition, the forward earned spots on the Sun Belt All-Conference team, Sun Belt All-Tournament team and the WBCA All-Region 4 team. Rowe was named a top 30 finalist for the Naismith Award last month, which is given to the nation's best women's basketball player.

Rowe joins Alysha Clark, Chrissy Givens and Ambert Holt as Blue Raiders honored by the Associated Press since head coach Rick Insell arrived in 2005. Most recently, Clark earned second team AP All-America honors in 2010. The only other Sun Belt honoree was FIU's Jerrica Coley, who earned honorable mention status.

Rowe reached the school's top-10 career ledger in 12 different categories. In just three seasons at Middle Tennessee, she has totaled 1,719 points which ranks ninth in school history. She is the leading rebounder in program history, corralling 1,014 in three seasons to become the first women's basketball player at MT to compile 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. In addition to total rebounds, she is the program leader with 508 offensive boards and third all-time with 506 defensive rebounds. Rowe is eighth at Middle Tennessee in minutes played (3,550), field goals made (678) and blocks. She holds the school record with 53 career double-doubles and has reached double figures in 92 of 97 career games played.

Middle Tennessee closed out a successful season that saw the team post a 25-8 record with regular season and postseason Sun Belt titles. In addition, the Blue Raiders made a school-record fifth consecutive appearance to the NCAA Tournament.

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