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NASHVILLE - MTSU'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 MTSU (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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