#19 MTSU's Amber Holt Ices Denver 82-58

Five Middle Tennessee players reached double figures on Wednesday as the No. 19 Lady Raiders (20-3, 12-0) corralled the Denver University Lady Pioneers 82-58. MT was victorious for the 17th consecutive contest, extending a school record. The ladies in blue also won their 27th straight Sun Belt Conference home game.

Five Middle Tennessee players reached double figures on Wednesday as the No. 19 Lady Raiders (20-3, 12-0) corralled Denver University 82-58. MT was victorious for the 17th consecutive contest, extending a school record. The ladies in blue also won their 27th straight Sun Belt Conference home game.

Pacing the balanced MTSU attack was All-America candidate Chrissy Givens, who tallied 16 points and 4 assists in just 27 minutes of action. Givens is rumored to be a potential first-round WNBA draft pick.

"Downtown" Brandi Brown nailed 3 trifectas and garnered 15 points, while www.BlueRaiderZone.com Player of the Game Amber Holt netted 13. Holt, a junior transfer from Southeastern Illinois College, hit 6-of-8 field goals, cleaned 8 boards, and dished out 4 assists. Starr Orr shined defensively once again, but also added 11 points offensively. Jackie "Triple" Pickel rounded out the double digit scorers with 10, while Johnna Abney came off the bench to swish three 3-pointers, accounting for all of her 9 points.

Denver (12-9, 7-5) was led by junior Alisha Godette, a 6-0 transfer from Arizona State, with 15 points and 8 boards. Jenna Cole added 11 points for the Lady Pioneers. Tyesha Lowery, a Preseason Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection, was held to just 4 points, 8 below her average. Lowery failed to score in last season's contest, also a Middle Tennessee victory.

The Pioneers, one of the nation's top ranked teams in scoring defense, gave MTSU a scare in the first half. DU led 10-4 at the 16:18 mark of the first half, and MT did not get its first lead until the 12:13 mark of that half. Once the ladies in blue gained the advantage, they never looked back, going on a 21-3 run in a 7-minute stretch that included the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.

Middle Tennessee led by 31 (80-49) with 3:10 left in the ballgame, but Denver made a nice run at the end to cut the final deficit to 24.

"We are leaving everything we've got on the floor," said MTSU headman Rick Insell. "We are running a 26-mile marathon and we've still got a few more miles to go."

The Lady Raiders are ranked in the Top 10 nationally in several NCAA statistical categories:

  • 1st in three-point field goals made per game (9.2)
  • 4th in scoring offense (80.8)
  • 4th in steals per game (13.9)
  • 7th in scoring margin (20.0)
  • Chrissy Givens is 4th nationally in points per game (22.2)

Middle Tennessee plays host to South Alabama's Lady Jaguars on Saturday, while Denver travels to non-conference foe Northern Colorado on Sunday.


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