Middle Tennessee visits unbeaten Arkansas on Tuesday

Blue Raiders close two-game road swing in Fayetteville

November 18, 2013 · @MTAthletics

The Middle Tennessee women's basketball team (1-1) looks to carry its road victory momentum to Arkansas on Tuesday. Tip-off with the Razorbacks is set for 7 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.


Matchup: Middle Tennessee (1-1) at Arkansas (3-0)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Arena: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)


Overall: UA leads series, 3-0
Under Rick Insell: UA leads series, 2-0
In Fayetteville: UA leads series, 2-0
Last Meeting: UA 59, MT 53 - Dec. 3, 2011 - Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Last Meeting in Fayetteville: UA 77, MT 50 - Nov. 21, 2010


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Quick Hitters 

• After picking up a big 61-55 road victory at Miami, the Blue Raiders continue its road trek with a visit to the unbeaten Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday.
• Wade Watch List candidate Ebony Rowe led the Raiders with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the victory over the Hurricanes. She was joined in double-figures by Shanice Cason, who had 10. Rowe moved into eighth all-time in school history with 1,759 career points. Also, MT all-time wins leader Rick Insell collected his 200th career victory.
• Senior guard Ebony Rowe makes her 100th career start on Tuesday, which ties Tia Stovall for ninth in program history.
• Middle Tennessee meets the 'Backs for the first time since playing the squad in Murfreesboro on Dec. 3, 2011. Arkansas leads the all-time series 3-0.
• The Blue Raiders' last SEC road win was at LSU, 79-75, in Baton Rouge on Nov. 30, 2008.

Series with Arkansas

• Arkansas and MT meet for the fourth time on Tuesday with the Razorbacks holding a 3-0 edge in the series.
• The two squads last met in Murfreesboro on Dec. 3, 2011, when the 'Backs pulled out a 59-53 win in the Murphy Center. On Nov. 21, 2010, Arkansas won 77-50 in Bud Walton Arena.
• In the first-ever meeting, Arkansas edged the Raiders, 73-72, on Feb. 5, 1983.

MT vs. the SEC

• Middle Tennessee is meeting an SEC team on the road for the eighth consecutive year. MT has two road wins against the SEC under Rick Insell's tutelage.
• MT knocked off No. 8 Georgia, 70-62, on Dec. 7, 2006. Most recently, MT defeated LSU 79-75 on Nov. 30, 2008.
• Insell has five wins against the SEC with those coming against Kentucky (2), LSU (2) and Georgia (1).

Memories in the Natural State

• Middle Tennessee has great memories in the Natural State. Under Rick Insell, the Blue Raiders are 17-7 in the state of Arkansas. MT won a Sun Belt Tournament title earlier this year in Hot Springs and won two other tournament championships there in 2009 and 2010.

Raiders Hand 'Canes a Loss

• Middle Tennessee used a strong defensive effort to knock off the Miami Hurricanes, 61-55, in Coral Gables last Friday. MT forced 19 turnovers and scored 10 points en route to their first win over an ACC opponent since upending NC State on March 19, 2005.
Ebony Rowe led MT with 19 points and 9 rebounds, while freshman Olivia Jones picked up nine points and nine rebounds. Shanice Cason reached double figures once again with 10 points.
• Friday's win was only the fifth time in the past five seasons an opponent has knocked off the Hurricanes at the BankUnited Center.

Insell Notches 200th Victory 

• Rick Insell eclipsed the 200-win mark with MT's 61-55 victory at Miami on Nov. 15. He joined MT men's basketball coach Kermit Davis as the only coaches reach 200 victories at Middle Tennessee.
• MT joins two other schools (Gonzaga and UALR) in having their current men's and women's coaches as the all-time wins leaders.

Scouting Arkansas 

• The Razorbacks open the season 3-0 after convincing victories over Sam Houston State, Oral Roberts and Furman. Arkansas is a young team packed with seven freshmen. In the preseason SEC Media Poll, the Razorbacks were selected 12th out of 14 teams. Head Coach Tom Collen is his seventh season and guided UA to a 20-13 record and a WNIT appearance last year. Arkansas has three double figure scorers: Jessica Jackson (16.3), Kelsey Brooks (16.0) and McKenzie Adams (10.0). Melissa Wolff is the leading rebounder with 5.7 boards in three games.

Earning Votes

• MT garnered votes in the latest Associated Press and USA Today Sports Coaches Top 25 polls released. MT earned nine votes for 32nd in the AP poll released on Monday, while garnering 10 votes for 34th in the coaches poll last week.

Building Production

• Middle Tennessee has used a several players outside of Ebony Rowe to rely on production in its first two games.
Shanice Cason is tallying 10.0 points, while Olivia Jones follows up with 9.5 points per contest.
• Senior KeKe Stewart registered a career-high 32 minutes in the win at Miami. Meanwhile, Stewart is averaging five boards per game.
•Freshman China Dow is adding 5.5 points per contest, while Laken Leonard has totaled 4.5 each game.

Rowe Streaks Continue 

Ebony Rowe holds the school-record with 54 double-doubles.
• Rowe has reached double figures in 95 of 99 games in her career. She has registered eight straight games in double-figures. She is three games away from reaching fifth all-time currently held by Jamie Thomatis ('01).
• Rowe will make her 100th career start on Tuesday to reach ninth all-time with Tia Stovall ('06).

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