No. 25 Blue Raiders put 16-game streak on the line at Tulsa

Middle Tennessee and Golden Hurricane tip at 12:30 p.m.

January 31, 2014 · @MTAthletics

The 25th ranked Middle Tennessee women's basketball team (17-3, 6-0 Conference USA) carries its' 16-game winning streak to Tulsa (10-7, 4-2 C-USA) on Saturday. The league tilt is set for a 12:30 p.m. tip.


Matchup: No. 25 Middle Tennessee at Tulsa
Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Arena: Donald W. Reynolds Center (8,355)


Overall: First Meeting
Under Rick Insell: First Meeting
In Tulsa: First Meeting


Radio: WMOT (89.5 FM)/WGNS 1450 AM)
Play-by-Play: Dick Palmer
Live Video (C-USA Digital Network) - Live Audio - Live Stats

Quick Hitters

• No. 25 Middle Tennessee (17-3, 6-0 Conference USA) carries its 16-game winning streak into Tulsa (10-7, 4-2 C-USA) on Saturday. Due to inclement weather in Hattiesburg, the Blue Raiders' game at Southern Miss on Wednesday, Jan. 29 was postponed until Feb. 5.
• The Blue Raiders are coming off a 62-49 win over Old Dominion last Saturday.
Ebony Rowe scored 17 points versus the Lady Monarchs to become the program's all-time leading scorer. Rowe now has 2,158 points in her career. On Thursday, Rowe garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the first time.
• MT's ranking of 25th in the latest AP poll is the first since ranking 24th on Nov. 16, 2009.
• By giving up just 54.2 points per game, the Blue Raiders rank sixth nationally in scoring defense. MT is allowing just 49.3 points per contest during Conference USA matchups.
• Tulsa and Middle Tennessee meet for the first time in program history. The Blue Raiders are 2-3 all-time against Oklahoma foes.

What Happened vs. Old Dominion

• Middle Tennessee used another solid defensive effort to collect its 16th consecutive win. The Blue Raiders had three players reach double figures with Ebony Rowe leading the way with 17. Rowe became the school's all-time scoring leader, breaking a 27-year old school record. Caroline Warden notched a season-high 13 points, while KeKe Stewart added 11 in the victory.

Defensive Success

• The 54.3 points allowed per game by the Blue Raiders through the team's first 20 games are the fewest in Conference USA and ranks sixth nationally.
• MT is second in C-USA and 51st in the NCAA in field goal defense at 36.6 percent.
• Opponent miscues have been mantra for the Blue Raiders during the streak, as MT has forced 21 opponent turnovers, giving up just 15 for a +6 turnover margin.
During league only games, MT is tops in C-USA with a +18.3 scoring margin, 49.3 scoring defense and +9.67 TO margin.

Raiders Enter AP Top 25 Poll

• Middle Tennessee entered the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday ranked 25th nationally. MT finished 26th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
• The Blue Raiders earned a spot in the poll for the first time since being ranked No.24 on Nov. 16, 2009.
• The last time a C-USA team was ranked in the AP Top 25 was during the 2010-11 season when Houston twice.

Series with the Golden Hurricane

• Middle Tennessee and Tulsa meet for the first time on Saturday. The Raiders are 2-3 all-time against foes from Oklahoma.
• The Raiders are 2-0 against Oral Roberts, 0-1 versus Oklahoma State and 0-2 versus Oklahoma. MT last visited the Sooner State on Nov. 19, 2008 when the Raiders fell 85-65 to OU.
• Tulsa Coach Maltida Mossman is 1-0 against the Blue Raiders. Her 1982-83 Arkansas squad beat the Blue Raiders 73-72 in Fayetteville on Feb. 5, 1983.

Scouting Tulsa

• Tulsa (10-7, 4-2 Conference USA) has won three straight games and six out of their last eight. The Golden Hurricane picked up a 79-63 win at North Texas on Wednesday. TU ranks third in the league with a 32.9 3-point field goal percentage. Tulsa averages 70.2 ppg, while giving up 70.4 ppg to the opposition. The Golden Hurricane are shooting 41.4 percent, while averaging 38.9 rebounds per game. Three players are in double figures with Ashley Clark leading the way with 14.6 ppg. Kelsee Grovey and Mariah Turner average 12.1 and 10.3 points, respectively.

Streaking Ahead

• MT's 16-game win streak is tied for fourth all-time in program history.
• The win streak is currently fifth nationally behind UConn (28), Norte Dame (20) and Stanford (18) and Iona (17).
• Rick Insell's squad has produced win streaks of 10 or more in six of his nine seasons as coach. The Raiders' longest win streak was set in 2006-07 when the Blue Raiders posted 27 victories.
• MT has only trailed in double-figures once (12 at UAB) during the win streak.
• The 15 made three-pointers vs. North Texas (Jan. 8) were the most by a Conference USA team this year. The 45 three-point attempts were the most ever by a C-USA team in a league game.

Breaking History

• Senior forward Ebony Rowe became the program's all-time leading scorer with her made free throw at the 5:40 minute mark against Old Dominion. Rowe broke a 27-year old record held by Kim Webb (2,148). She now has 2,158 career points.

NCAA Team of the Week

• MT garnered NCAA Team of the Week honors on Jan. 29th.
• The Blue Raiders completed an unblemished January for the fifth time in nine seasons under Rick Insell. The Raiders are an impressive 71-6 in January all-time under Insell's watch.

Academic All-District Selection

Ebony Rowe was named a Capital One Academic All-District selection. The honor was the first in her career. Rowe is now a finalist for Academic All-America.

Play 4Kay Power of Pink Game Set for Feb. 8

• Middle Tennessee will host its annual Play 4Kay Power of Pink game on Feb. 8. The Raiders host Rice in a 2 p.m. Conference USA matchup. Fans are encouraged to wear pink. Jerseys will be auctioned off, as well as women cancer survivors recognized during the game. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Saint Thomas Rutherford Power of Pink breast cancer fund. 

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