TULSA, Okla. -- Ebony Rowe scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as No. 25 Middle Tennessee held off a determined Tulsa squad 67-57 on Saturday, pushing its winning streak to 17 games.
The Blue Raiders (18-3, 7-0 Conference USA), ranked in the national polls for the first time since Nov. 16, 2009, had a battle with the Golden Hurricanes (10-8, 4-3), who held Middle Tennessee to just nine field goal attempts in the first 12 minutes of the second half.Rowe scored 10 points after halftime to notch her 70th career double-double, 17th this season. KeKe Stewart added 12 points and China Dow 10.Tulsa's Kelsee Grovey scored a career-high 23 points, 16 after halftime as the Golden Hurricanes held Middle Tennessee, which launched 37 shots in the first half, to just 19 in the second. The 10-point victory is Middle Tennessee's closest margin in C-USA play since beating UAB by seven.