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November 14, 2012Tweet Follow @GoMiddle Follow @Matt_E_Hagen
Fresh off of two impressive victories to start their season, the Middle Tennessee State Lady Raiders are set to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Semifinals of the Women's Preseason NIT Tournament.
Senior guard Jamie Printy averaged almost 17 points a game last year with 4.5 rebounds while shooting 34 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free throw line . Printy started and played in 23 of Iowa's 31 games.
Senior center Morgan Johnson, also returns following a campaign in which she averaged 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 74 percent from the charity stripe.
The other top returners for Iowa include sophomore guard Samantha Logic who was the fourth best on last years team, averaging 9.5 points, four steals and seven rebounds per game. Logic also converted 42 percent from the field, 30 percent from long range and 75 percent of her free throws.
As for this season, Morgan Johnson has logged an average of 25 minutes per game while producing 17.5 points, seven boards, 2.5 blocks and a steal each game. She seems to be the star on the team. Bethany Doolittle has averaged five points and four blocks while playing 23 minutes per game. Overall, the team is averaging 68.5 points while giving up just 57.
Rowe scored 23 points while picking up 11 rebounds and four steals in MT's season opener. Kortni Jones scored an additional 21 points and had four assists in 32 minutes. The only other player in double figures that game was Icelyn Elie, who played 17 minutes and scored 10 points while picking up seven rebounds.
During the second game of the season however, Elie stepped up tremendously. She played all 40 minutes, scoring a career high 30 points and notching five rebounds. Kortni Jones and Ebony Rowe also played the entire game. Jones scored 14 points and had eight assists while Rowe kept doing what she's best at, picking up a team high seven boards while scoring 19 points.
Overall Jones, Rowe, and Elie are averaging 58.5 points while the rest of the team scores 26. The trio also shoots a collective 56 percent from the field and combines for 16 rebounds per game and 19 total assists.
I think the score will be much closer than many of the experts are predicting, but the Lady Raiders should be able to pull away utilizing their stingy full court press on defense. Look for Rowe to notch yet another double-double and lead the charge for MT as they move on to the championship game of the WNIT.
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