As much fun as it is to make the NCAA tournament, it is painful to think that 63 of the 64 tournament teams will end their season with a loss. Only one team will end their season on the ultimate high note. If you happen to be a senior on one of those other 63 teams it means an end to your season and an end to your career.
Unfortunately for two MTSU seniors, Chrissy Givens and Krystle Horton, Monday night their careers ended in Stanford, CA. In a season that saw the Lady Raiders rise from a "mid-major" to a "major" player in the women's basketball world, it was an unlikely Cinderella team out of Poughkeepsie, NY that ended the careers of two of the most successful players in Lady Raider history.
The accomplishments of these two ladies will never be overlooked and they will be held in high regards amongst the Blue Raider faithful. It is these fine ladies who not only took the Lady Raider to the "next level", but they have also paved the way for many more successful seasons to come. As Coach Rick Insell said in his post game conference, "This is not about a season at Middle Tennessee, this is about building a basketball program".
During these two players careers they compiled an overall record of 98-32 and a conference record of 49-11. They won 4 straight Sun Belt conference tournaments, which means they never lost a game in a conference tournament. They made 4 straight trips to the NCAA tournament and won their opening round game in 3 of those appearances. Their 30 wins this season is a new school record. The 27 consecutive wins was not only a school record, but it was also the longest current winning steak in the nation until they lost on Monday.
These are just team accomplishments on the court. Chrissy Givens is a 2 time Sun Belt Player of the Year, Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, and Sun Belt Tournament MVP. She is the only player in Sun Belt Conference history to sweep all three awards in two different years. She also finishes her career ranked fifth on the all-time scoring list for Middle Tennessee.
Chrissy also had major accomplishments in the classroom. She graduated in 3 years with a degree in Criminal Justice and had better than a 3.8 GPA. This was good enough to get her selected as the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.
While Givens seemed to get all the accolades, Krystle Horton was getting the job done behind the scenes. Selected as a 2nd team All-SBC performer, Horton has been stellar thru her entire career. She leaves Middle Tennessee ranked number one in games played, 129. She is also ranked number eight on the career scoring list scoring over 1,500 points. She is also number eight in career rebounds, picking up over 740 in her career.
Yes, there's no doubt that Givens and Horton have not only laid a great foundation for the Middle Tennessee program, they have taken it to the "next level"....and all Blue Raider fans are eternally grateful for their sacrifices and accomplishments.
The End of an Era
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