MURFREESBORO, Tennessee – Middle Tennessee women’s basketball meets Belmont Wednesday in its home opener at the Murphy Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m
Tickets are available at goblueraiders.com/tickets. Fans who can’t make the game can follow on ESPN+ and the Blue Raider Network. Wednesday Night’s giveaway is a special 3-dot Lady Raider Basketball poster.
After a 52-point win in Southern Illinois, the Lady Raiders (1-1) host the Bruins (1-1) in a crucial out-of-state matchup.
last time out
Six Lady Raiders scored in double digits on Saturday’s 89-38 route from Southern Illinois to Middle Tennessee.
The Blue Raiders (1-1) were just 50 seconds behind the Salukis (0-1) and came out on top in almost every category. MTSU ended the first quarter on a 19-3 run to give the Lady Raiders a 26-9 lead. Coming out of the locker room in the third quarter, Lady Raider’s dominance continued as MTSU shot 11-to-14 (.786) from the field and scored 27 points. Defensively, MTSU held SIU to just five points in the frame to extend the lead to 74-22.
The biggest lead of the night was the Blue Raiders 82-23 at the 5:28 mark in the 4th quarter.
Kseniya Malashka led all scorers with 14 points in her second start as a Blue Raider. Savannah Wheeler scored 13 points, gave out six assists and pulled off three rebounds. Courtney Whitson recorded 12 points and seven boards Jalyn Gregory ended with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists. Anastasiia Boldyreva completed the double-digit scorer list with 10 points and five rebounds.
Points – Jalyn Gregory (16.5/game)
setbacks – Kseniya Malashka (5.0/game)
assists – Savannah Wheeler (11)
steals – Kseniya Malashka (8th)
Lady Raider Notes
• Eighty-seven per cent of 2021-22 goals will go to a Lady Raider team expected to test a tough non-conference table early in the season. Seven of the nine teams on the list played in the postseason last March. Four of the nine teams won their respective conference championships.
• With 31 total steals in the first two games of the season, MTSU ranks first in C-USA in steals per game and 15th in the country. Including steals, the Lady Raiders are forcing 25 turnovers per game, which is good enough for third place in the conference and 30th nationally.
• MTSU enjoyed great success at home under Rick Insell. The Lady Raiders are 209-43 at the Murphy Center under Insell. MTSU is 484-128 all-time at the Murphy Center for a 79 percent win book.
• Courtney Whitson is in her fourth season as the Lady Raider and has amassed 929 career points to become the 32nd member of the program’s 1,000 point club.
• With seven votes in the most recent AP Top 25 poll, Belmont is 1-1 on the season after beating Chattanooga 56-54 and falls five to 7/5 Louisville. Wednesday’s game at Glass House will be Belmont’s first away game of the season.
• The preseason favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference in the program’s first season in the league is led by Destinee Wells. After earning a spot on several preseason national award watchlists and being preseason MVC Player of the Year, Wells has 20 points in both games this season. Tuti Jones is averaging 13 points per game and has a total of five assists and five steals to start the campaign.
• Bart Brooks led Belmont in six seasons and consisted of four OVC championships and four NCAA tournament appearances.