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Four reach double figures in MT's rout of SE Louisiana

Freshmen trio combined for 52 points

November 29, 2013 · @MTAthletics

ESTERO, Fla. - Four scorers reached double figures in Middle Tennessee's 88-71 trouncing of Southeastern Louisiana in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Friday afternoon.

Southeastern Louisiana (1-5) led by seven early, but the lead quickly diminished when MT went on a 22-5 run to take a 47-39 halftime edge. The Blue Raiders (2-3) extended the advantage to 20 in the second half to advance to the semifinals. Middle Tennessee faces Wright State in a 5 p.m. showdown on Saturday. WSU knocked off NC State, 99-90, on Friday.

Three of those four double-digit scorers came from the hands of three freshmen. The Murfreesboro tandem of Olivia Jones (21) and Ty Petty (20) combined for 41. Guard China Dow, a native of Louisville Ky., chipped in with 11. Petty hit 6-of-9 from three-point land, while Jones grabbed six rebounds.

The ever steady Ebony Rowe finished the game with her third double-double this season, inking 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The double-double was the 56th of Rowe's career. She moved into a tie for fifth all-time with 98 double figure scoring games, matching Jamie Thomatis.

The Raiders connected on a season-high 14 triples with 12 of those coming from the freshmen trio. MT finished the game shooting 45 percent (33-of-74). The Lady Lions finished the contest shooting 43 percent (22-of-51) from the field, while netting six three-pointers.

Stout defensive play from the Raiders caused 25 Southeastern errors, resulting in 18 MT points. The Raiders had season-highs with 18 assists and 12 steals.

The Lady Lions opened up the game with a six point lead. Middle Tennessee went back and forth with Southeastern until Stewart hit a basket to tie the game at 34.

Middle Tennessee went on a 22-5 run to close out the first half. The Raiders knocked down eight triples in the opening half with four coming from Petty and three from Jones. Dow extended the Raiders lead to 41-35 with 2:42 left to play. Mt then used a basket from Cason and two freebies from Dow to take a 10-point advantage.

MT led 47-39 at the half after shooting 52 percent (17-of-33) from the field. The Raiders were 8-of-20 for 40 percent from three-point land. Olivia Jones led MT with 14 points at the break, while Petty and Rowe followed with 12 each.

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Southeastern cut Middle Tennessee's lead to 61-67 with a pair of free throw shots from Brandi Riddle. The Raiders extended the lead nine thanks to a Dow triple. SLU once again cut their deficit to seven until Petty hit a pair of back-to-back treys to put MT up by 12. From there, the Raiders extended the lead to as many as 20 with a Janiece Johnson bucket.

On Saturday, the Blue Raiders take on Wright State at 5 p.m. CT inside Germain Arena. Fans can listen to the game on WMOT 89.5 or watch online for a fee at America ONE Sports.

NOTES

Ebony Rowe is now 10 points away from reaching seventh all-time in scoring ... Rowe's eight defensive boards propelled her to second all-time in career defensive rebounds ... The last time MT had two or more players reach double figures was Kortni Jones and Ebony Rowe in MT's Sun Belt semifinal win over FIU last year ... MT is now 41-19 under Rick Insell after suffering a loss ... The Raiders are now 1-0 against Southeastern Louisiana all-time ... MT's 41 3-point attempts was fifth all-time for a game in program history ... Rowe tied Taywana Mucker with 386 career free throws four fourth all-time.  

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