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No. 22 Raiders down Tulane for Insell’s 1,000th win

No. 22 Raiders down Tulane for Insell’s 1,000th win

Posted on 06 March 2014 by Allen

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No. 22 Middle Tennessee’s balanced attack helped the Blue Raiders to a 64-52 win over Tulane on Wednesday, giving Head Coach Rick Insell his 1,000th career victory.

Early in the contest, Tulane (20-9, 11-5 C-USA) opened up to a five point lead. However, a 13-2 Blue Raider run midway in the first helped Middle Tennessee (26-4, 15-1 Conference USA) to its eighth straight win. MT now shifts focus to the Conference USA Championship in El Paso, Texas. The Raiders’ first game will be in the quarterfinal round next Thursday, March 13.

Wednesday’s victory gave Insell his 1,000th career win, which includes 775 triumphs that he accrued at Shelbyville Central (TN) from 1978 to 2005. As MT’s all-time winningest coach, he has posted 225 victories in nine seasons.

Ebony Rowe paced the Raiders with her 23rd double-double of the year, scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Rowe dished out three assists and picked up two steals in 40 minutes of work. KeKe Stewart earned her fifth straight double-figure night with 10 points, while grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore guard Caroline Warden earned double-digit scoring with 11 points.

Danielle Blagg’ first to buckets gave the Green Wave a four-point advantage to start the game. Tulane stretched their lead to five with 12 minutes remaining. From there, the Raiders rallied back with a 13-2 run. Warden added nine of those 13 points, including draining a trey to give MT the 11-10 edge in the game.

The Blue Raiders stretched the lead to 10 at the 2:14 mark after Stewart drained one of her two three-pointers. MT took a 36-28 advantage over Tulane into the locker room.

Despite a slow start in the first half, MT bounced back to shoot 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from the field. Tulane was held to 37.9 percent (11-of-29). Rowe led MT with 10 points and six rebounds, while Blagg had a game-high 12 points at intermission.

Middle Tennessee maintained its advantage despite some close Green Wave comebacks. Tulane chipped away their deficit to six, 46-40, at 11:54 with a basket from Adesuwa Ebomwonyi. The Raiders used a methodical approach to maintain a 50-41 lead with 9:24 left.

Olivia Jones’ free throw at the 5:49 mark gave Middle Tennessee a 15-point cushion. Tulane cut within single digits on two more occasions, which included a Tiffany Dale layup with 1:08 left. From there, Rowe knocked down four more free throws to seal the victory. Wednesday’s loss was the first defeat for Tulane on Senior Day in 21 years.

Statistically, Tulane finished the game shooting 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field. MT went 19-of-59 from the field for 32.2 percent shooting. The Raiders hit seven treys and knocked down 91 percent (19-of-21) from the charity stripe. MT outmanned Tulane on the boards, 41-35, and forced 16 TU turnovers for 17 points. Blagg led Tulane with a team-high 18 points.

With the conclusion of the regular season, the Blue Raiders finished the year 26-4 overall and 15-1 in Conference USA play. The 15 wins are the second most in C-USA history. MT returns to action next Thursday, March 13 in the quarterfinal round of the C-USA Championship in El Paso, Texas.

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Rowe grabs C-USA Women’s Basketball All-Academic honors

Rowe grabs C-USA Women’s Basketball All-Academic honors

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe was named to the Conference USA Women’s Basketball All-Academic team, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Rowe became the fifth player in Middle Tennessee history to earn Capital One Academic All-America distinction last month with her second team selection. She is the first MT women’s basketball player to garner C-USA All-Academic accolades.

The Lexington, Ky., native owns a 3.74 GPA as a physics major with a minor in business administration and engineering. Once Rowe completes her Bachelor’s degree, she intends to pursue graduate school for mechanical engineering.

Each honoree is making their first appearance on the All-Academic team. In order to be eligible for the distinction, nominees must hold a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or key reserve for their team and be of sophomore academic standing.

Rowe has already broken 13 school records, including the 26-year-old all-time scoring record she set Jan. 25. She is the only Blue Raider to have more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Currently, she ranks second in C-USA in scoring (21.2) and rebounding (11.6). Rowe also appears among the NCAA Top 25 in four different categories: 22 double-doubles (sixth), 11.5 rebounds (11th), 617 total points (19th) and 21.3 points per game (25th).

The 22nd ranked Blue Raiders, who won the C-USA regular season title last week, close out the league schedule with game at Tulane on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in New Orleans.

2014 C-USA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Jerica Coley – FIU
Kimberly Smith – Florida Atlantic
Ebony Rowe – Middle Tennessee
Galaisha Goodhope – Old Dominion
Jamie Kaplan – Tulane

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Blue Raiders move up to No. 22 in AP Poll

Blue Raiders move up to No. 22 in AP Poll

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee moved up one spot to No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Women’s Basketball poll released on Monday.

The Blue Raiders (25-4, 14-1 C-USA) clinched the Conference USA regular season title with a 68-58 win over UAB on Saturday. MT has won six consecutive regular season titles, which includes five straight in the Sun Belt.

Under head coach Rick Insell, Middle Tennessee has reached 25-plus wins in six of his nine seasons. Currently, the Raiders have amassed 25 or more victories for three consecutive years. All-America candidate Ebony Rowe leads the Blue Raiders with 21.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Monday’s ranking is the second highest for MT this season. The Raiders ranked 21st in the AP poll on Feb. 3. MT was 25th in the USA Today Coaches poll last week. The newest coaches poll tabulations will be released on Tuesday.

Middle Tennessee closes out the regular season at Tulane in a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday.

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MTSU Women win first Conference USA Title with win over UAB

MTSU Women win first Conference USA Title with win over UAB

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee used a 26-8 run in the final eight minutes to defeat UAB, 68-58, and claim the school’s first regular season Conference USA title on Senior Day at the Murphy Center.

The Blazers (15-12, 7-7 Conference USA) held an 11 point lead under 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Three-pointers from Shanice Cason and KeKe Stewart sparked the Blue Raiders (25-4, 14-1 C-USA) and cut UAB’s edge to five points. With six minutes remaining Cason once again hit a triple followed by two jumpers from Stewart. Senior Ebony Rowe then stepped up adding the next eight points. UAB cut the deficit to five with a minute remaining, but Stewart found the magic touch beyond the arch that helped seal the Raiders’ first ever C-USA title.

Rowe finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the win. Stewart hit five field goals, including three triples, to total 15 points. Cason drained three triples and finished with 12 points in Middle Tennessee’s win. Whitleyville’s Laken Leonard chimed in with nine points and seven rebounds.

Saturday’s victory assured Middle Tennessee the top seed in the Conference USA Championship that will be held in El Paso, Texas on March 11-15. MT will play in the quarterfinals on March 13. The Raiders are just one of four schools that are seeking a sixth consecutive regular season title, joining Green Bay, Gonzaga and Stanford.

For the game, MT shot 41.1 percent (23-of-46), while holding UAB to 38.9 percent (21-of-54) shooting. MT knocked down 14-of-28 for 50 percent in the second half, overcoming a 32 percent first half effort. The Raiders won the rebound column, 39-33.

To open the game, the Blazers came out firing opening up to a 5-0 lead. UAB hit three treys and drove down the lane to maintain an advantage for most of the first half. The Blazers kept their shooting mark at 50 percent, stretching their edge to nine with 8:33 left in the opening frame.

The Blue Raiders went on a 13-6 run to cut their deficit to 28-26 at the half. MT shot just 32.1 percent (9-of-28) from the field, while the Blazers were knocking down 40 percent (10-of-25) of their attempts. UAB controlled the rebound column, 20-17, at the midway stanza. Rowe led MT with six points, while Chapman had 13 points.

UAB came out on fire in the second half stretching their lead back to 40-31 with 13:17 to play. Middle Tennessee chipped away to five with back-to-back triples from Cason and Stewart. The Blazers used a 5-2 run, taking a 50-42 lead with 7:21 remaining.

A methodical 26-to-8 run down the stretch helped the Raiders earn their eighth home court league victory, which tied a C-USA league record. The senior class consists of six players: Janay Brinkley, Janiece Johsnon, Lauren March, Leonard, Rowe and Stewart. This group has amassed 99 wins in four seasons and boasts the third best winning percentage (.784) of any Blue Raider Class.

Middle Tennessee has now won 25-plus games in three consecutive seasons and six out of nine years under Rick Insell. On Wednesday, the Blue Raiders close out the 2013-14 regular season with a 7 p.m. contest at Tulane.

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Rowe garners second Ed Temple Award

Rowe garners second Ed Temple Award

Posted on 27 February 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe became the first two-time recipient of the Ed Temple Amateur Female Award at the 16th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger and the Nashville Sports Council. The event was held at the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday evening.

Rowe won the award in 2013 for her accomplishments in 2011-12 and was honored last evening for her athletic achievement last season.

In 2012-13, Rowe helped guide the Blue Raiders to a 25-8 overall record. She helped MT win Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles en route to a first round NCAA Tournament appearance against eventual national finalist Louisville.

Rowe went on to move up in the career ranks, notching school records in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and double-doubles. She became the first Blue Raider women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. Rowe ranked in the Top 25 in four categories including double-doubles, field goal percentage, rebounds per game and points per game.

The Ed Temple Awards are given to a male and female amateur athlete that had an outstanding achievement in the world of sports. Rowe is the fourth Blue Raider to earn the honor, joining Alysha Clark (2010), Bryce Brentz (2009) and Dewon Brazelton (2001). She is the first to win the award in back-to-back years. Other nominees this year included Vanderbilt basketball’s Tiffany Clarke, Belmont’s Jordan Coleman, Austin Peay’s Lauren deCastro and Vanderbilt bowling’s Robyn Renslow.

This season, Rowe now holds 12 school records including becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer on Jan. 25. Rowe ranks in four NCAA Top 25 categories, including fourth nationally with 22 double-doubles. The Lexington, Ky., native is currently a Naismith Award Top 30 finalist and recently earned Capital One Academic All-America second team accolades.

No. 23/25 Middle Tennessee (24-4, 13-1 C-USA) picked up a share of the Conference USA regular season title with a 70-59 win over East Carolina on Wednesday. The Blue Raiders close out the home slate on Saturday against UAB with a 3 p.m. tip.

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MTSU downs ETSU 70-59

MTSU downs ETSU 70-59

Posted on 27 February 2014 by Allen

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No. 23/25 Middle Tennessee used strong defensive pressure in the second half to will its way to a 70-59 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday. The Raiders’ victory snapped ECU’s 26 home game winning streak, which ranked second nationally.

The first half saw both teams battle it out on numerous runs before the Pirates hit a final shot to take a 34-33 at the break. Middle Tennessee (24-4, 13-1 Conference USA) held ECU (21-6, 9-5 C-USA) scoreless for the first six minutes in the second half, helping the Raiders take a lead they would never relinquish. The home loss was the first for ECU since falling to Charleston on Nov. 17, 2012.

Wednesday evening’s victory gives the Raiders at least a share of the C-USA regular season title. A win on Saturday against UAB would help MT clinch its sixth consecutive championship.

Three Blue Raiders earned double figures with Ebony Rowe leading the way with 23 points six rebounds and five assists. Rowe’s nine free throws moved her to first all-time with 520, marking her 12th career record at Middle Tennessee.

KeKe Stewart added 18 points, earning a career-best 13 of those points from the charity stripe. Shanice Cason tallied 16 points, including three triples, while pulling in eight rebounds. China Dow, Olivia Jones and Stewart all had five rebounds each.

The Blue Raiders finished 40 percent shooting (18-of-45) from the field, holding ECU to 38.3 percent shooting (23-of-60). The Pirates only hit nine field goals in the second half for 29 percent. Middle Tennessee narrowly won the rebound column, 41-40, while forcing 18 Pirate turnovers. The Raiders earned 50 trips to the free throw line, which was second most in game for the Raiders, hitting 30 times.

A four minute drought in the first half hurt Middle Tennessee, as the Pirates stretched their lead to 21-10 with 10:25 remaining. The Raiders then went on an 18-2 run. Six of those points came from China Dow later in the run as MT took a 28-23 lead. East Carolina used an 11-5 scoring stretch down the half to take a 34-33 edge into the locker room.

MT shot 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from the field, while the Pirates were 48.3 percent (14-of-29) in the opening stanza. MT won the rebound column, 19-17, yet had committed 11 first half turnovers. Rowe led all scorers with 14 points.

The Blue Raiders opened the second half on a seven point spurt to take a 40-34 edge. ECU’s basket by Jada Payne at 14:30 snapped a nearly six-minute scoring drought to start the second half. MT stretched its edge to 10.

Despite going three-plus minutes without a field goal, the Raiders earned 36 trips to the free throw line in the second half to salt away a potential ECU comeback. A pair of free throws by Rowe stretched MT’s lead to 15 with two minutes remaining.

With Wednesday’s victory, the Blue Raiders clinched a share of the Conference USA regular season title. MT hosts UAB in a 3 p.m. showdown on Saturday for Senior Day and Blue Pride Saturday. Fans can purchase a $10 ticket that will give them admission to the baseball game and both basketball contests.

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MTSU Women ranked 23rd in new AP Poll

MTSU Women ranked 23rd in new AP Poll

Posted on 24 February 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee returned to the Associated Press Top 25 Women’s Basketball poll after a two week hiatus. The Blue Raiders re-entered the poll at No. 23 on Monday.

Since having its 17-game win streak snapped at Southern Miss on Feb. 5, the Blue Raiders (23-4, 12-1 Conference USA) have won five consecutive games to climb back into the AP poll. The Blue Raiders have ranked as high as No. 21 in this year’s poll.

Middle Tennessee picked up a pair of home wins over Marshall and Charlotte last week. With three games remaining, the Raiders are in first place with a two-game lead.

On Wednesday, MT takes on East Carolina in a critical C-USA showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT in Greenville, N.C. The Raiders close out the home slate on Saturday with a 3 p.m. tilt against UAB as part of Blue Pride Saturday.

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Lady Raiders use second half comeback to thwart Charlotte

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Allen

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Despite first half shooting woes Middle Tennessee overcame the slow start to knock off the Charlotte 49ers, 48-46, inside the Murphy Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders (23-4, 12-1 Conference USA) trailed by 10 to the 49ers with 15:49 remaining. Middle Tennessee used a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 32-33 with 11:42 left. MT then managed an 8-2 run to take a 42-41 lead with just five minutes left in regulation. Charlotte (12-13, 6-6 C-USA) cut the deficit to one with 3:17 remaining and had a last second shot to tie the game. However, the 49ers could not prevail.

Saturday’s victory helps Middle Tennessee remain on top of the C-USA standings with just three games remaining.

All-America candidate Ebony Rowe led the Blue Raiders with 12 points and 15 rebounds for her 22nd double-double of the season, setting a new personal season-high. It was also the 75th double-dip of her career. Rowe set a new single-season record with 198 defensive rebounds, surpassing her previous school record of 189 last year.

Shanice Cason and KeKe Stewart each finished in double-figures scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively. Cason helped carry the Blue Raiders through the first half, which saw Rowe not make a field goal.

With the 17-13 Middle Tennessee advantage with a little over three minutes to play, Charlotte closed out the first half on a 10-0 run to take a 23-17 lead at the break. MT shot a season-low 24 percent in the first half with Laken Leonard leading the way with four points.

In the second half, Charlotte stretched its lead to 10 at the under-16 mark. MT battled on a nine-point run to put themselves within one with 11:42 remaining. With a little over five minutes to play and Middle Tennessee down 41-40 to the 49ers, Olivia Jones found herself at the free throw line after a fast break steal and a hard foul by Charlotte. Jones hit 1-for-2 to tie the score for the first time since 3:10 left in the first half.

On the next possession down the floor Charlotte committed the turnover to give the Blue Raiders their first chance at retaking the lead. Cason led the Blue Raiders down the floor and drove to the lane, picking up the foul. She hit 1-of-2 at the charity stripe and Jones grabbed the offensive rebound on her miss. Rowe with a swift move put in a layup to push the MT lead up to 44-41 with under 4:30 to play.

Each side traded baskets back-and-forth over the next two and a half minutes with Rowe capitalizing on a free opportunity down low to hand MT the 48-44 lead. Charlotte’s Gabby Tyler battled through the lane to score a floater that bounced in to narrow the margin down to two with under two minutes to play. Tyler finished the game with eight points.

MT managed to take three shots and corral three offensive rebounds, which burned the clock down to 19 seconds. The 49ers committed two quick offensive fouls to put Cason at the line for a 1-and-1. Cason missed the first and Charlotte nabbed the rebound. Despite 12 seconds on the clock, Charlotte did not manage a final shot.

Middle Tennessee finished 19-for-56 from the floor for 33.9 percent shooting, while Charlotte tallied 22-of-53 attempts for 41.5 percent shooting. The 49ers managed to out rebound the Blue Raiders, holding the 41-37 advantage at the final whistle despite giving up four offensive rebounds in the final 1:30 of play. Middle Tennessee’s committed only nine fouls all game and the 49ers only made it to the free throw line three times.

MT continues play in a critical C-USA showdown on Wednesday at East Carolina. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT in Greenville, N.C.

NOTES

Middle Tennessee is now 75-3 against conference foes at the Murphy Center under Rick Insell … Ebony Rowe inked her 22nd double-double this season and the 75th of her career … Rowe tied the school record for 124 career starts with Kim Webb … Rowe broke her own single-season record set last year with 10 defensive rebounds … She now has 198 this season … Middle Tennessee is now 1-0 against Charlotte.

QUOTES

Head Coach Rick Insell

Opening Statement:

Those are the types of games you need to win if you’re going to win a championship. We didn’t play the best. We shot 33 percent, got outrebounded by four, didn’t shoot our free throws well, but we won a big game. That’s what you have to do.

On the play of Olivia Jones:

If she’s not scoring, she’s helping you other ways. She got a big steal, hit a big free throw, and then got several rebounds down the stretch. She had six rebounds and probably four of those were in the last two minutes of the game.

On second half play:

Their whole intensity changed. Their whole body language changed. When (we) got an eight point lead you could just tell. Ebony Rowe changed like a bolt of electricity went through her. Shanice (Cason) knocked down a three. That gave us a little enthusiasm. We just built on that. KeKe (Stewart) came in. Where would we be without KeKe tonight?

Junior Guard Shanice Cason

On grinding out the win:

We have a tough schedule. The conference is very hard. Anybody can win any given night. For us to come out and be down and pull together as a team and grit it out and get it done it was awesome. We could just see the fire in each other’s eyes.

Senior Forward Ebony Rowe

On the win:

Not to take any credit away from (Charlotte), but it was just a bad first half. I couldn’t hit anything: a three, a layup, a free throw, nothing. You have games like that. We really struggled, but I think that’s what makes us good players and a good team. We do not give up. I might have had zero points, but my teammates kept me up and they kept me positive. That’s what teams are all about, they really pull you through when you need them.

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Rowe garners Capital One Academic All-America honors

Rowe garners Capital One Academic All-America honors

Posted on 20 February 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe became the fifth women’s basketball player in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America® honors. The Blue Raider senior garnered second team accolades as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Rowe, a native of Lexington, Ky., owns a 3.74 GPA as a physics major. She also is pursuing minors in business administration and engineering. Once Rowe completes her Bachelor’s degree, she intends to attend graduate school for mechanical engineering.

The senior is the first women’s basketball honoree since Alysha Clark and Brandi Brown accomplished the feat in 2010. She is the fourth Academic All-America® recipient under Rick Insell. Rowe is the 12th Middle Tennessee student-athlete to earn this achievement. MT has seen a student-athlete earn an Academic All-America® award in four out of the past five years. FIU’s Jerica Coley was also a representative from Conference USA.

Rowe holds 10 school records at Middle Tennessee, including breaking the school’s 26-year old all-time scoring record on Jan. 25. She is the only Blue Raider to have over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Currently, she ranks in the NCAA Top 25 in four different categories: 21 double-doubles (2nd), 11.7 rebounds (9th), 560 total points (14th) and 21.5 points per game (18th).

This season, the senior forward has earned Conference USA Player of the Week four times and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week six times. On Dec. 3, she was tabbed the NCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She also garnered Gulf Coast Showcase MVP accolades after boasting 22.6 points and 12 rebounds in three games.

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $206.9 billion in deposits and $289.9 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2013. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

2014 CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams

First Team

Kody Burke – North Carolina State
Amanda Hyde -Indiana Purdue-FW
Eilise O’Connor – Missouri-Kansas City
Chiney Ogwumike – Stanford
Rachel Tecca – Akron

Second Team

Heather Butler – Tennessee Martin
Alyssa Charlston – Idaho
Nicole Elmblad – Michigan
Ebony Rowe – Middle Tennessee
Alli Williams – Saint Francis (Pa.)

Third Team

Hallie Christofferson – Iowa State
Jerica Coley – FIU
Ashley Luke – Western Illinois
Ifunanya Mora – Incarnate Word
Haley Peters – Duke

Middle Tennessee’s All-Time Academic All-America® Honorees

1987: Football – Todd Jackson
1988: Women’s Basketball – Lianne Beck
1990: Football – Bryan Faulkner
1991: Football – Bryan Faulkner
1999: Softball – Melanie Manley
2005: Men’s At‐Large (Tennis) – Anant Sitaram
2006: Women’s Basketball – Chrissy Givens
2007: Women’s Basketball – Chrissy Givens
2010: Football – Jeremy Kellem
2010: Women’s Basketball – Brandi Brown
2010: Women’s Basketball – Alysha Clark
2011: Men’s At‐Large (Tennis) – Matthew Langley
2012: Men’s At‐Large (Tennis) – Matthew Langley
2012: Women’s Soccer- Paige Goeglein
2014: Women’s Basketball – Ebony Rowe

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Rowe and Jones sweep weekly C-USA honors

Rowe and Jones sweep weekly C-USA honors

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe was tabbed Conference USA Player of the Week and Olivia Jones garnered Freshman of the Week accolades, as announced by the league office on Monday.

Rowe boasted 27.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in Middle Tennessee’s road victories at FIU and Florida Atlantic last week. The Lexington, Ky., product shot 63 percent (19-of-30) from the field, while dishing out seven assists and collecting two steals in two contests.

Rowe collected 23 points and 12 rebounds, handing out a season-high five assists in the win at FIU. She went 10-of-17 from for 58.8 percent shooting. Against Florida Atlantic, Rowe belted out a season-best 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She hit 14 of her 32 points from the free throw line. Her six points down the stretch, including a last-second layup with 40 seconds remaining put away the game for the Blue Raiders. Rowe made 9-of-13 from the field for 69.3 percent shooting.

Rowe’s two double-doubles last week, matches her career-best of 21 double-doubles in a season she set last year. The All-America candidate leads Middle Tennessee 21.8 points and 11.4 rebounds through 25 games this season. This is Rowe’s fourth C-USA Player of the Week honor and the 15th conference honor in her four-year career.

The freshman Jones boasted 13 points and 7.5 rebounds in the Raiders’ two road wins. She went 5-of-10 from the field with 12 points and two rebounds at FIU. The freshman followed up that performance with her second career double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling in 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. Jones completed her statline with three assists and a steal.

This season, Jones is averaging 8.9 points per game and ranks second on the team with 7.0 rebounds each contest. Monday’s accolade is the second for Jones.

Middle Tennessee (21-4, 10-1 C-USA) hosts Marshall on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. inside the Murphy Center. Charlotte visits Murfreesboro on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in an FSN televised broadcast.

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