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Middle Tennessee 72, Texas-El Paso 68

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Jaylynn Gregory and reserve Kseniya Malashka scored 17 points apiece and No. 24 Middle Tennessee withstood UTEP for a 72-68 overtime win.

Elina Arike scored 17 points, Adhel Tac 16 and Jazion Jackson 11 for UTEP.

The regular season conference champion Lady Raiders (25-4, 18-2) earned the top seed to the C-USA postseason and will play the winner of the No. 8 versus No. 9 seed on March 9.

The Miners (19-10, 12-8) did their best to end Middle Tennessee's home streak rallying from a 47-35 deficit and outscored the Lady Raiders 25-8 for a 60-55 lead with 2:11 remaining in regulation.

Gregory made a pair of foul shots and Courtney Blakely converted a three-point play to knot it at 60 while UTEP missed its last two-shot attempts and turned it over twice to force overtime.

Later, Gregory made two more foul shots to break a 65-all tie with 1:20 left in the extra session and the Lady Raiders stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Middle Tennessee’s 18 wins in conference marks a C-USA record for most wins in league history as the Lady Raiders finished their second straight season going undefeated at home.

March 4, 2023


UTEP
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Arike F 37 6-13 3-4 2-5 3-8 2 0 1 1 5 17
A. Tac F 31 6-12 3-7 1-4 1-4 3 0 0 4 4 16
N. Boyd G 43 3-11 0-0 1-5 2-9 7 0 0 1 4 7
A. Crouse G 42 2-5 3-5 0-2 0-5 2 0 0 2 5 7
J. Jackson G 37 4-5 0-0 3-4 0-1 0 0 2 1 5 11
S. Lipe 24 1-6 5-6 1-4 0-3 1 0 1 4 2 8
E. Wilson 10 1-6 0-0 0-3 2-3 0 0 1 1 1 2
S. Montrose 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Valkova 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   226 23-59
(.390)
14-22
(.636)
8-27
(.296)
9-37 15 0 5 16 26 68


Middle Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Whitson F 45 3-10 0-0 3-9 1-6 4 0 0 1 4 9
A. Boldyreva C 18 4-6 1-2 0-0 2-4 2 0 0 0 1 9
A. Whittington G 45 2-6 3-3 1-4 2-9 3 0 2 1 0 8
J. Gregory G 39 5-11 6-7 1-4 0-5 3 0 0 1 5 17
S. Wheeler G 20 1-5 0-0 1-4 0-1 0 0 0 1 5 3
C. Blakely 31 3-9 3-7 0-3 1-2 3 0 1 2 2 9
K. Malashka 27 5-9 7-8 0-0 2-7 3 1 0 5 2 17
J. Grannum 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Scott 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   226 23-56
(.411)
20-27
(.741)
6-24
(.250)
8-38 18 1 3 11 19 72


Officials: Travis Jones, Trey Miles, Molly Caldwell




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