Dunbar's Rowe poised to become Middle Tennessee's all-time scoring leader

mmaloney@herald-leader.comJanuary 24, 2014 

A former Paul Laurence Dunbar High School standout is on course to become Middle Tennessee State's all-time leading scorer this weekend.

Ebony Rowe needs eight points to become the Blue Raiders' all-time leader, men or women. Kim Webb, who played from 1984 through '87, now leads with 2,148 points. Desmond Yates (2006-10) is the men's all-time scoring leader with 1,775 points.

Rowe will get her chance Saturday, when MTSU plays host to Old Dominion. The Raiders (16-3, 5-0 Conference USA) will be shooting for their 16th win in a row.

Also the school's all-time rebound leader, Rowe is averaging 22.2 points and 11.7 rebounds this season. She has 16 double-doubles, including 10 in a row, and a school-record 69 in her career.

"I don't know if it's what I do so well as much as it is I found the perfect system for me," Rowe said Friday. "That's why our team's been so successful. ... I just try and work my hardest.

"I'm not the fanciest, I can't do the best moves, not the quickest, can't jump the highest. But I'm just in a system that all five people on the court know what to do, and we work so well together."

A three-time All-Sun Belt selection, Rowe is shooting 53.2 percent from the field and averaging 1.8 assists this season.

The 6-foot-1 senior said she was recruited "lightly" by Kentucky, but "not too much; I met with them a couple of times."

She's happy to be in Murfreesboro, though.

"Everything happens for a reason," she said. "This is where I'm supposed to be."

As for what her impending record will mean, she said, "just so much. Just to be considered in the same sentence as some of the great players such as Kim Webb and some of the other players on that list is just an amazing feeling."

"I could not be more blessed in the situation that I've been in, and I think that's going to make me emotional. That's really why I want and I pray that I can break this record here. Just because these fans have been following my career every step for four years."

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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