MT breaks away from LA Tech for 12th straight win
Rowe collects 13th double-double of the seasonJanuary 11, 2014 · @MTAthletics
RUSTON, La. - Middle Tennessee used a 42-point second half to win, 68-51, over Louisiana Tech on Saturday evening inside the historic Thomas Assembly Center.
Playing in their first Conference USA road game, the Blue Raiders held on to just a one-point lead, 26-25, before opening the second period with a 14-0 run. MT never looked back despite LA Tech (5-10, 0-2 C-USA) chipping within 10 on a couple of occasions. MT (13-3, 2-0 C-USA) extended its win streak to 12-games, which ranks sixth nationally.
Ebony Rowe notched her 13th double-double this season with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The All-America candidate surpassed Kim Webb with a school-record 109th career double-figure scoring game.
Center KeKe Stewart added double numbers with 12 points, while grabbing six rebounds. Freshman Olivia Jones reached double-digit rebounds for the fourth time this season with 10. She added seven points and matched a career-high six steals in 34 minutes. China Dow achieved all eight of her points in the second half, while grabbing five off the boards. Additionally, Laken Leonard added eight points and TiAnna Porter picked up six in the Raiders' win.
MT shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66) from the field, going just 3-of-20 behind the arch. The rebound column was won by Middle Tennessee, 48-42. MT forced 20 Lady Techster turnovers resulting in 26 points. The Raiders 13th-ranked scoring defense held the Lady Techesters to just 51 points. Louisiana Tech made 18-of-53 from the field for 34 percent. Chrisstasia Walter had a team-best 15 points. Whitney Frazier had a game-high 14 rebounds for LA Tech.
Rowe scored six of MT's first 12 points as the Raiders opened the game with a 14-point lead. LA Tech went on an 8-4 run thanks to layups from Frazier and Kanderia Andrews to cut MT's lead to 16-12 at the 7:33 mark. The Blue Raiders were held without a basket in the final four minute, as LA Tech used a six-point run to cut MT's edge to 26-25 at the break.
First half shooting was not the Raiders' forte with MT going 9-of-33 from the field for 27.3 percent. LA Tech was 8-of-25 for 32 percent. Rowe led MT with seven points and six boards, while Walter posted six.
The Raiders came out on fire in the second half as MT opening a 16-3 run, to take a 42-28 edge with 15:00 remaining. Warden's layup stretched MT's advantage to 17 points with 9:29 remaining.
Louisiana Tech used a 13-6 run under 10 minutes to cut MT's edge to 10. Four points from Rowe and hitting free throws down the stretch helped the Raiders seal their 12th consecutive win.
On Wednesday, Middle Tennessee returns to the Murphy Center to host longtime C-USA member UTEP. Tip-off with the Miners is set for 7 p.m.
The win over LA Tech marked the first time MT had defeated the Lady Techsters .... Ebony Rowe reached double figures in the second half to become the school's leader with 109 double-figure scoring games ... Rowe scored her 66th double-double in her career and the 13th of her career ... She is 72 points away from reaching Kim Webb's all-time score record ... Olivia Jones had a career-high six steals in the win ... MT's 12-game win streak ranks sixth nationally after No. 22 Indiana fell to Ohio State on Saturday.
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