Senior Ebony Rowe broke Middle Tennessee's 27-year-old program scoring record, and in the process led the Blue Raiders to a 62-49 win over Old Dominion on Saturday at Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Rowe, a former Paul Laurence Dunbar star, entered the day just seven points shy of Kim Webb's program record of 2,148 points. The Lexington native made her first six points from the floor, and went for a layup from the left side of the basket with 5:49 to go in the half, aiming for Blue Raider history. Rowe was fouled from behind from the shot attempt, making the first free throw to tie Webb's record, and the second to break it.
Rowe finished with a game-high 17 points.
"The crowd was so amazing and they wanted it so bad for me," Rowe said. "I really almost cried, and I know it sounds so corny but it was just a great atmosphere and I wouldn't want to do this anywhere else but here."
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Chattanooga's Jim Foster earned his 800th career victory Saturday as his Lady Mocs defeated Samford 63-50 for their 13th straight win.
Foster improved his record to 800-310 in a 36-year career that also has included stops at St. Joseph's, Vanderbilt and Ohio State. He's the 11th coach to reach 800 career wins and the first member of that club to have coached at four different schools.
Tennessee State 87, Morehead State 70: Senior guard Terrice Robinson scored a game-high 26 points, including her 1,000th career point at Morehead State, in a setback at Tennessee State.
Robinson, who was 9-of-10 at the free throw line, reached the milestone midway through the first half and completed her eighth 20-plus game this year. She now sits at 1,019 career points and is the 21st member of the MSU 1,000-point club.
Junior guard Almesha Jones added 22 points, including a career-best 13 free throws for the Eagles (9-11, 3-4 OVC) It was Jones' third 20-point outing in the last four games.
The foul-marred game featured 52 infractions and 77 free throw attempts.
Western Kentucky 68, La.-Lafayette 63: Junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch continued her domination of the Sun Belt Conference with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as WKU pulled away on the road. Gooch was joined in double figures by redshirt freshman Kendall Noble with 19 points and sophomore Micah Jones with 12.
WKU's (13-5, 5-2) final big run came in the last five minutes when WKU expanded a 55-52 lead to 62-52 with seven straight points, capped by a basket from Gooch inside and a three-point field goal by Jones at 3:23 remaining.
Transylvania 72, Rose-Hulman 61: Transylvania nailed critical free-throws down the stretch to outlast host Rose-Hulman. Junior Nicole Coffman lead the team in scoring for the seventh time this season, racking up 29 points.
Two other Pioneers hit double-digits in the win: Katelyn Smith with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Alex McKenzie with 13 points and six rebounds.
Lewis 90, Bellarmine 82: Bellarmine came out slow in the second half and blew a nine-point halftime lead to fall to host Lewis. Sophomore forward Sarah Galvin scored 24 to lead the Knights and added three rebounds and a career-high five steals.