ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 7:05 p.m.
ASU Convocation Center (10,727) Jonesboro, Arkansas
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats & JumpTV Webcasting Available at AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves host the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee in a 7:05 p.m. Sun Belt Conference matchup at the ASU Convocation Center. All ASU games may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State enters Wednesday night's game at 6-8 on the season, with a 1-2 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. The Red Wolves picked up their first SBC victory of the season in their last game, defeating the Mean Green of North Texas 77-65 Jan. 2 at the Convo. The Red Wolves will take the court Wednesday night having won four of their last six games. After getting off to a 4-4 start on the season, Middle Tennessee travels to Jonesboro on a four-game win streak to improve to 8-4 on the year. The Blue Raiders are atop the SBC-East standings with a perfect 3-0 slate in conference action. Wednesday night's game will feature two of the top three scorers in the league, with MTSU senior forward Alysha Clark ranking second at 23.7 points per game and ASU senior guard Ebonie Jefferson in third place at 16.2 points per game. Clark is leading the league with an average of 11.7 rebounds per contest, while ASU forwards Lyndsay Schlup and Shay Scott rank seventh and ninth, respectively. Schlup is averaging 8.4 boards per game, while Scott's average is 7.9.
THE MTSU SERIES: The Blue Raiders hold a 13-5 advantage in the overall series between the two teams, including a 91-51 win over the Red Wolves last year in Murfreesboro. The last time the two teams met in Jonesboro, ASU defeated Middle Tennessee 70-68 to improve to 6-3 against the Blue Raiders in games played at the Convocation Center. Middle Tennessee is 9-0 against ASU in games played in Murfreesboro and 1-0 against the Red Wolves in games played on a neutral court.
THE COACHES: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is in his 11th season at the helm of the Red Wolves program. Boyer holds a career record of 174-143 and has directed the Red Wolves to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, including three of the past five years. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Rebecca Peoples and Jennifer Sullivan. In his fifth season at MTSU, Rick Insell is 108-37 as head coach of the Blue Raiders.
MILESTONE VICTORY: Arkansas State's 68-64 victory over Southern Illinois Dec. 23 marked the 100th career victory for ASU head coach Brian Boyer in games played at the ASU Convocation Center. With the victory, Arkansas State improved to 100-42 (.704) in all games played at the Convo under Boyer.
RECENT NOTABLES: Six players set new career highs during the Red Wolves' 77-65 victory over North Texas Jan. 2. Junior Shay Scott poured in a career-high 21 points in the game, senior guard Ebonie Jefferson dished out a career-high seven assists to go along with a career-high nine assists from sophomore guard Shania Hurst. Senior forward Lyndsay Schlup blocked a career-high four shots, while freshman guard Quinishia McDowell nabbed a career-best four steals in the game and junior transfer Breaunna Ellison handed out a career-best two assists.