Raiders open exhibition slate on Tuesday with UAH
MT and Lady Chargers tipoff at 6:30 p.m.October 28, 2013 · @MTAthletics
Matchup: UAH at Middle Tennessee
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Arena: Murphy Center (11,520)
Tickets: Click here or call 1-888-YES-MTSU
Middle Tennessee women's basketball opens the first of two exhibitions with the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Murphy Center.
The Blue Raiders are coming off a 25-8 season in which the team won its' fifth consecutive regular season conference title. MT also won a Sun Belt Tournament title before making a school-record fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Earlier this month, the Blue Raiders were tabbed the preseason favorites in Conference USA by the league's coaches. Senior Ebony Rowe was named to the C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team. The Lexington, Ky., product was also selected to the prestigious Wade Trophy Watch List after averaging 19.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
The Blue Raiders return eight additional letterwinners from last season, which includes six athletes who garnered starts last season. Laken Leonard and Shanice Cason averaged 4.5 and 4.2 points per game, respectively. Five freshmen and a transfer are also eligible to don the MT uniform in 2013-14.
MT and UAH meet for the fourth consecutive year in an exhibition matchup. Last season, Middle Tennessee picked up a 97-64 victory over the Lady Chargers. MT won the other two contests 124-55 and 115-43.
UAH was picked to finish second in the Gulf South Conference with Jasmine Hammon and Jordan Smith earning preseason All-Conference honors.
The Lady Chargers - the defending champions of the GSC tournament - put together a 16-17 mark en route to the program's second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. UAH advanced to the second round of the tournament after knocking off Tuskegee, 78-69.
Hammon was the league's only unanimous selection to the Preseason All-GSC Team as the Division II Bulletin Super 16 Preseason All-American returns for her senior season. She already owns the program record for points in a career, and a season ago she scored 17.6 points per game while also grabbing five rebounds per contest.
Smith was named the Most Outstanding Player at the GSC tournament last year, helping guide the Lady Chargers to the program's first-ever league title by scoring 21 points per game in the tournament. The senior ranked fourth in the league in scoring during her junior campaign as she averaged 15.1 points per contest, and she was also fourth in the GSC with 2.1 3-pointers per game.
Live stats and a webstream of Tuesday's game will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com.
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