Preview: Troy at Middle Tennessee

MTSU gets back to Sun Belt Conference play against the Troy Trojans.

Middle Tennessee vs. Troy University

Saturday Jan. 6  7:00- Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, TN

Michael Murphy leads the Lady Trojans of Troy University into the Glass House to take on Rick Insell and his #25 Lady Raiders of Middle Tennessee.  The Lady Raiders come into the game at 11-3 and 1-0 in the conference.  The Lady Trojans come in at 8-6 and 1-3 in conference play.  Murphy brings in a very international team in that he has five players from Australia and one from the Virgin Islands.  However, this game should be one that is put away early by the power pressure defense of the Lady Raiders.  The Lady Raiders are in conference play for the rest of the season, so every game is equally important and they must never let their guard down.

Stats of note for Troy

Troy is led in scoring by a sophomore and a junior.  Their leading scorer is Amy Lewis.  She is a 5'9" junior guard and averages 16.2 points per game.  She is also their leading three point shooter.  Their leading rebounder is Kylie Morrissey at 10.6 per game.  She is a 5'10" sophomore guard and is also their second leading scorer.  As a team, they average 43% from the field and 30% from behind the arc.  The Lady Trojans are also only 67% from the free throw line.  Troy has a problem with a pressure defense and gives the ball up an average of 17.5 times per game.

 

Players to watch for MTSU

If you were not at the last game to watch the clinic from behind the arc, then you missed a treat.  Brandi Brown and Jackie Pickel hit seven and six baskets, respectively, from three point land in pacing the Lady Raiders in their last victory.  All signs point to these two being able to do this again on Saturday against a front that is closer to their height.

Intangibles

This game starts a string of conference games that will last the rest of the season.  The Lady Raiders have a ranking in the top 25 from the coaches for the first time in almost 20 years.  Now is the time to prove to the AP that the Raiders belong as their coaching counterparts already know.  Middle Tennessee can ill afford to take a night off and it must start here.


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