Blue Raiders visit in-state foe Austin Peay Wednesday
Tip-off set for 11 a.m. in ClarksvilleDecember 3, 2013 · @MTAthletics
Middle Tennessee (4-3) resumes action this Wednesday, Dec. 4 with an 11 a.m. matchup against in-state rival Austin Peay (3-3).
Matchup: Middle Tennessee at Austin Peay
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Clarksville, Tenn.
Arena: Winfield Dunn Center (7,257)
Overall: MT leads series, 57-9
Under Rick Insell: 7-1 vs. APSU
In Clarksville: MT leads, 27-4
Last Meeting: MT 70, APSU 56 - Dec. 4, 2012
• Middle Tennessee (4-3) returns to the hardwood after winning three straight to capture the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase championship last weekend. The Raiders upended SEC foe Mississippi State, 62-48, to capture the crown on Sunday. Senior Ebony Rowe (22.6/12) was tabbed the tournament MVP, while Olivia Jones (11.3/7.3) earned All-Tournament team accolades.
• Rowe earned four POW accolades including Conference USA, College Sports Madness High-Major, NCAA and TSWA. Rowe has earned 12 conference player of the week honors in her career, tying Alysha Clark for the school record. Rowe (1,877) is just 14 points away from reaching Patrice Holmes for sixth all-time in career points.
• G Shanice Cason is second on the team with 9.3 ppg, followed by Olivia Jones with 9.0 ppg.
• MT and Austin Peay meet for the 67th with the Blue Raiders having won seven consecutive games in the series. In 2012, MT collected a 70-56 victory in front of 10,107 at the Murphy Center.
Scouting Austin Peay
• Austin Peay (3-3) has won two out of its last three games with wins over Trevecca (98-77) and Central Arkansas (81-60). The Lady Govs are averaging 74 points per game, while shooting 44.1 percent (164-of-372) from the field. On the boards, APSU is pulling in 39.8 rebounds per game as opponents grab 41.8 per contest. APSU opponents are shooting 39.1 percent (150-of-384) in six games. Austin Peay is led in scoring by Tiasha Gray with 18.3 points per contest. Kristen Stainback is the other double-figure scorer, posting 10.8 points in six starts this year. Gray, along with teammate Jennifer Nwokocha, have grabbed a team-best 5.3 rebounds per game. Coach Carrie Daniels is in her eighth season with Austin Peay and has never defeated the Blue Raiders.
Series with the Lady Govs
• Middle Tennessee and Austin Peay meet for the 67th time on Wednesday. The Blue Raiders have won seven consecutive games dating back to 2007. Rick Insell is 7-1 all-time against APSU.
• MT's last loss was a 71-69 defeat in Clarksville on Dec. 28, 2005. Last season, Middle Tennessee snatched a 70-56 win in front of 10,107 at the Murphy Center for MT's first ever Education Day game.
• Ironically this year, MT returns to play the Lady Govs in their respective Education Day game. Also, the Raiders' next game on Dec. 12 against Kennesaw State is the second Murfreesboro City Schools Education Day contest.
MT vs. the OVC
• MT owns an all-time 303-103 record all-time against the Ohio Valley Conference.
• Head Coach Rick Insell is 17-1 all-time against OVC opponents.
• The Blue Raiders, who were in the conference from 1978-79 to 1999-2000, won 11 regular season and six OVC Tournament titles during their tenure in the league.
Jones Makes All-Tournament Team
• Freshman Olivia Jones grabbed Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament team honors after averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in three wins. Jones scored a season-high 21 against SLU before pulling in a career-best 11 boards against Mississippi State.
• The Murfreesboro native is the first Blue Raider to have 10 defensive boards since Icelyn Elie achieved that mark against Vanderbilt on March 18, 2012.
In the Rankings
• Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe ranks 14th nationally with 22.6 points per game and is 14th in the NCAA with 11.4 rebounds. The senior joins Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike as the only two players this season to be inside the top-20 in points and rebounds. Rowe's five double-doubles this season ranks ninth in the NCAA and second in Conference USA.
• Rowe leads the league with 4.43 offensive rebounds per game, while Ty Petty's 60.0 3-point percentage is the best in C-USA. Rowe is second in scoring, rebounding, minutes played and double-doubles.
Rowe Grabs Four Weekly Honors
• Ebony Rowe was selected as the
@NCAAWomensBKB Player of the Week on Tuesday. Rowe was tabbed the Conference USA Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness High-Major Player of the Week.
• The conference POW honor was the 12th in her career, matching Alysha Clark for the school record.
• Also on Tuesday, Rowe was selected as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Player of the Week for the eighth time in her career.
• Rowe averaged a double-double through the three-game tournament, putting up 22.7 points and grabbing 12 rebounds per game. She finished the weekend with 68 points, 36 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals. Rowe made 63.4-percent from the field on her way to being named Gulf Coast Showcase MVP.
Raiders Win Gulf Coast Showcase
• Middle Tennessee capped off a perfect weekend with a 62-48 drubbing of Mississippi State to win the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday.
• The regular season title was the third for MT under Rick Insell and the first since winning the UTSA Holiday Classic in 2010.
• Blue Raider senior Ebony Rowe was tabbed the GSC MVP after averaging 22.7 points and 12 rebounds in three games. Freshman Olivia Jones was named All-Tournament after boasting 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the wins.
• MT opened the tournament with an 88-71 win over Southeastern Louisiana, which saw three freshmen (Jones - 21, Ty Petty - 20 and China Dow -11) tally double-figures. In MT's 69-62 win over Horizon League favorite Wright State, Rowe matched a season-high with 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Record Breaking Rowe
• Ebony Rowe ranks in the top-5 in six different career categories at Middle Tennessee. She is the record holder in double-doubles (58), rebounds (1,094) and offensive boards (539). The senior is third in double figure scoring games (100), fourth in made field goals (738) and fourth in free throws (399).
• Rowe has reached 1,877 points in her career and is 14 points from tying Patrice Holmes (1,891) for sixth all-time.
• The senior has 12 consecutive double figure scoring games and is two away from reaching Patrice Holmes for second all-time.
Johnson Earns WBCA Nomination
• Senior Janiece Johnson was name an All-State WBCA Good Works Team nominee for her community service efforts. The senior has been instrumental in serving Rutherford County. Award winners will be announced in 2014.
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