Junior Kortni Jones is one of three Lady Raiders to average double-figure points with her 14.9 per game entering Thursday's game at Troy. (Photo courtesy of MTSU Athletics/B. Lambert)
The Middle Tennessee women’s basketball team will play in its first road game in nearly a month when it travels Thursday to Alabama to face Sun Belt East Division foe Troy.
The game is scheduled to begin in Troy at 5:15 p.m.
The Lady Raiders played seven out of eight December games inside the Murphy Center, only stepping out for a Dec. 9 contest at Xavier in Cincinnati.
They have won the last four entering the first game of the 2012 calendar year, improving their record to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Currently, the team sits atop the East Division standings, sharing a perfect conference mark with Florida Atlantic.
Leading the charge is sophomore Ebony Rowe, the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week. The Preseason Sun Belt Co-Player of the Year averaged a double-double of 16.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in the three most recent games to claim her second league weekly honor this season and sixth of her career.
Juniors Kortni Jones and Icelyn Elie complete the Middle Tennessee trio of players averaging double-figure points.
The three Lady Raiders have been the only players to lead the team in scoring in each of the 15 games played up to this point.
Troy brings a 1-12 overall and 0-2 SBC mark into the meeting for 10th-year head coach Michael Murphy. The Trojans’ only victory thus far came on the road Dec. 15, as they picked up a 69-59 win at Alabama State.
DeAngela Swoard is the lone Troy player in double-figure scoring, recording, while Tenia Manuel tops the squad with 6.7 rebounds per game.
The Lady Raiders lead the all-time series 14-0, including a 12-0 mark in head coach Rick Insell’s six seasons.
Highlighting the series was a 50-point performance by All-American Alysha Clark in the meeting at Troy three years ago. She set the school record and tied the Sun Belt mark for single-game points, lifting MTSU to a 75-60 victory inside Sartain Hall.
Tune into the Blue Raider Network of WMOT (89.5 FM) and WGNS (1450 AM, 100.5 FM, 101.9 FM) to listen to the live broadcast of the game.