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MTSU Women get Oregon State in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 18 March 2014 by Allen


No. 20/22 Middle Tennessee Women’s Basketball heads west to Seattle, Wash., this week for the program’s 17th NCAA Tournament appearance, as the team learned their destination in front of a packed Student Union Ballroom on Monday.

The 8th seeded Blue Raiders take on No. seed 9 Oregon State in the Stanford Regional. Both first and second round games will take place inside Alaska Airlines Arena on the campus of the University of Washington. Tipoff is set for Sunday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Central.

The Blue Raiders (29-4) put together the second most wins in program history. MT has won 28 out of its last 29 games, including ranking in the Top 25 poll for six weeks this season. The 20/22 Raiders won the Conference USA regular season and tournament title in the school’s first year in the league.

On Saturday, Middle Tennessee secured the school’s 14th conference tournament title and the fifth under Head Coach Rick Insell.

Sunday’s game will be the school’s 17th NCAA Tournament appearance and a school-record sixth straight NCAA berth. MT had previously made the tournament five straight on two different occasions. The No. 8 seed is the third time the Raiders have recorded a single digit seed since the tournament field expanded. MT was a No. 8 seed in 2009 versus No. 9 Michigan State in East Lansing. The Raiders were a No. 5 seed in Palo Alto against No. 12 Gonzaga.

Conference USA Player of the Year Ebony Rowe leads the Raiders with 21.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Rowe, the team’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, ranks fifth nationally with 25 double-doubles. Joining Rowe in double figures is senior center KeKe Stewart with 10.2 points per game. Olivia Jones, C-USA Freshman of the Year, ranks third on the team with 8.5 points and second with 7.3 rebounds.

OSU compiled one of the best seasons in program history in 2013-14. The Beavers are 23-10 overall, just their third 23-win campaign and first since 1982-83. OSU’s 13-5 conference record was a new program best and it tied for second in the final conference standings, matching OSU’s best finish as a conference member (1996). Last weekend in Seattle, Oregon State made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Championship for the first time.

Prior to the MT/Oregon State matchup, No. 1 South Carolina will play No. 16 CSU Northridge in a 5:30 p.m. CT contest. MT’s game will air on ESPN2 with ESPN’s whip-around coverage. The entire broadcast will be on in its entirety in the Nashville market and through ESPN3. Full TV details will be released later this week. The second round matchup is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT.

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