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Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe was named one of the Tennessee Female Amateur Athletes of the Year, as announced by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (TSHF) on Thursday. The senior joins UT Martin's Jasmine Newsome and Heather Butler, as well as Tennessee's Ivy Renfroe as this year's Amateur Athlete of the Year award winners.

Rowe is a two-time All-America Honorable Mention, as voted by the Associated Press and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Additionally, Rowe was selected Full Court All-America Honorable Mention in 2014. College Sports Madness named Rowe the High-Major Player of the Year and gave her a spot on the High-Major All-America team.

The Lexington, Ky., native ranked in the NCAA Top 25 in four statistical categories. Her school-record 26 double-doubles this season was fifth nationally. She ranked 12th with 11.6 rebounds per game, 13th with 735 final points and 20th with 21.6 points each contest.

This season, Rowe has garnered numerous awards including the Conference USA Player of the Year and the C-USA Championship MVP. She was also a unanimous All-CUSA First Team selection, while garnering All-Defensive team accolades. Rowe garnered WBCA All-Region honors for the third straight year. She was tabbed the NCAA Player of the Week on Dec. 3, while earning four C-USA Player of the Week awards. Rowe's performance at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., gave her MVP honors.

Rowe finished her illustrious career with a school record 2,453 points and 1,410 rebounds. In addition to those two records, she holds 13 other school records including the single-season rebounding and double-doubles mark.

Academically, Rowe was a 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team selection. Conference USA named Rowe to the Women's Basketball All-Academic team in March. She is also a two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar selection.

The Tennessee Amateur Athlete of the Year honor is the first for Rowe. She is a two-time recipient of the Ed Temple Female Amateur Athlete of the Year presented by the Nashville Sports Council. 

This year's honorees will be recognized at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Celebration on Saturday, May 17 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville. The 2014 Hall of Fame Class includes: Eddie George, Popeye Jones and Hope Hines.

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April 11, 2014 at 11:11pm
April 11, 2014 at 11:42pm
I think it goes without saying, but senior forward Ebony Rowe has been the greatest women’s basketball player to ever come out of Middle Tennessee, perhaps the greatest basketball player regardless of gender.

When looking at the awards that she has earned, it’s not very hard to come to the conclusion that she is the most decorated basketball player to ever come through Middle Tennessee State University.

Rowe was already selected as an AP All-America Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season, and was most recently, as the beginning paragraph states, selected as one of Tennessee’s Female Athletes of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Rowe is also the only male or female player to register 2,000 or more points and over 1,000 rebounds in a career as a member of the Blue Raiders.

Apart from her statistics that rank at the top of the NCAA charts and the peaks of MT history, her work in the classroom and on the practice court really separate her from the rest of the elites in Blue Raider history, such as Alysha Clark.

Rowe, a physics major, had been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, an honor that shows her dedication in the classroom and a reflection of her chase to be successful in all aspects of her life. There might be more athletic and faster players to come through Middle Tennessee, but none more complete on and off the court than her.
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