Raiders host Kennesaw State for Education Day game

Tip-off at Murphy Center set for 11 a.m. on Thursday

December 11, 2013 · @MTAthletics

For the second year, Middle Tennessee hosts the Murfreesboro City Schools Education Day game on Thursday, Dec. 12. Tipoff for the Blue Raiders against Kennesaw State is set for 11 a.m. inside the Murphy Center.


Matchup: Kennesaw State at Middle Tennessee
Date: Thursday, Dec. 12
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Arena: Murphy Center (11,520)
Promotion: Education Day
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Overall: MT leads series, 2-0
In Murfreesboro: MT leads, 2-0
Under Rick Insell: 1-0 vs. Kennesaw State
Last Meeting: MT 87, KSU 45 - Nov. 9, 2012 - Murfreesboro, Tenn.


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Quick Hitters

• Middle Tennessee (5-3) returns to action after an eight day break. The Blue Raiders are in the midst of a four-game win streak that includes three victories the Gulf Coast Showcase and a 69-43 win at Austin Peay.
Ebony Rowe was tabbed the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after posting 29 points and 20 rebounds in the win over APSU.
• The Blue Raiders and Kennesaw State meet for the second Murfreesboro City Schools Education Day on Thursday. Last year, MT had 10,107 attend the Murphy Center marking the third largest crowd in school history. This year, over 6,000 children are expected to attend the event.
• Rowe leads the Raiders with 23.5 ppg and 12.5 rpg. Her 1,907 career points is eight away from reaching fifth currently held by Chrissy Givens.
Shanice Cason is returning from a career-high 20 points at APSU. She is second with 10.6 ppg.

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Series with the Owls

• Middle Tennessee and Kennesaw State meet for the third time on Thursday. • The Blue Raiders have won the previous two meetings.
• MT won the first meeting on Jan. 4, 1988 with an 83-66 decision. Last year, the Raiders won 87-45 in the season-opener on Nov. 9.
Ebony Rowe led the Raiders with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kortni Jones and Icelyn Elie reached double-figures with 21 and 13 points, respectively.

Scouting Kennesaw State

• Kennesaw State (1-6) has lost five consecutive games, including 60-54 loss to Georgia State last Tuesday. The Owls' lone win was a 70-68 defeat of Tennessee State on Monday, Nov. 11. The Owls are averaging 63 points per game, but are being outscored by a margin of 13 points each contest. KSU is committing 19.4 turnovers per game, while shooting 39.2 percent (161x411). KSU is led by Kristina Wells, who is boasting 12.9 points and 9.3 boards per game. Ty-nita Baker is totaling 15.4 points in five games this season, while Deandra Sawyers is averaging 12.1 points. Nitra Perry is in her second season as head coach at Kennesaw State after spending four seasons as an assistant at Toledo.

Education Day

• For the second year, Middle Tennessee Athletics and Murfreesboro City Schools are partnering for Education Day for MT Women's Basketball's Dec. 12 matchup against Kennesaw State. Over 6,000 children are expected to attend.
• At the recommendation of the Murfreesboro City Schools, the MT Department of Athletics is asking all Blue Raider season ticket holders and fans to help adjust their normal routine to ensure easier traffic flow and safety of the 6,000 children. Many of these young boys and girls will be making their first steps on a college campus.
• The Greenland Parking lot will be designated for Murfreesboro City School buses and ADA parking only. Parking for Season Ticket Holders and BRAA members will be made available in the Woodfin lot on Greenland Drive, as well as the new Holmes Parking garage on Champions Way. Seating in the arena will be General Admission, with the first 8 rows in Sections M,N,O,P,R and C,D,E,F,G reserved for Season Ticket Holders and BRAA members.

Rowe Earns TSWA Awards Again

• Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe garnered Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association (TSWA) for the second straight week, recording 29 points and 20 rebounds in the Blue Raiders' only game of the week at Austin Peay last Wednesday, Dec. 4.
• The Lexington, Ky., native became the first Middle Tennessee player with a 20-20 performance since Jennifer McFall achieved the feat on December 28, 1984. It was just the fifth time a Blue Raider player registered at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game in school history.
• Rowe connected on 13-of-25 shots and grabbed 13 defensive rebounds in the contest, giving her 568 in her career, a new school record. She moved up to sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,907 points, 241 behind all-time leader Kim Webb. The senior forward is averaging 23.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in eight games this season.

Building Production

• Middle Tennessee has a strong lineup around Ebony Rowe. Most recently, junior Shanice Cason reached a career-high 20 points, while Olivia Jones made a season-high 12 rebounds in the win over Austin Peay.
• Cason is averaging 9.6 points and has 23 assists in eight games this season. Jones, a freshman from Murfreesboro, is pulling in 8.1 ppg and 6.9 rpg.
• MT has also has help from seniors Laken Leonard (6.5 ppg) and KeKe Stewart (5.3) ppg. Freshman China Dow is chipping in with 4.3 points per contest.

Raiders Topple Austin Peay

• Middle Tennessee held a four point lead at half-time, but went on to outscore Austin Peay by 22 in the second half to win 69-43.
• The Raiders were led by Ebony Rowe who scored 29 points and 20 rebounds to become the first MT player since Jennifer McFall in 1984 to have a 20/20 performance.
Shanice Cason chipped in with a career-high 20 points, while freshman Olivia Jones added 12 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 (59), rebounds (1,114) offensive boards (546), offensive rebounds (568) and free attempted (686).
• The senior is third in double figure scoring games (101) and is one away from reaching Patrice Holmes (102) for second all-time.
• Rowe is fourth in made field goals (751) and fourth in free throws made (403).
• Rowe has reached 1,907 points in her career and is eight points shy from reaching Chrissy Givens (1,915) for fifth all-time.
• The senior has 14 consecutive double figure scoring games.
• Rowe's 29 points/20 rebound performance at Austin Peay was the first time a Blue Raider had a 20/20 game since Jennifer McFall achieved that feat against West Viriginia in 1984.

Working the Paint

• Middle Tennessee has attacked the paint in its last five the games. The Raiders are averaging 38.4 points per game inside. MT had 48 in a win over Wright State. During that span, the Raiders are outscoring their opponents by 16 points inside the paint. 

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