Posted March 13, 2012 on AP on Fox
Middle Tennessee is heading into the NCAA tournament expecting a much different outcome than a year ago. Last year the grief-stricken Blue Raiders mourned the stabbing death of teammate Tina Stewart and huddled at their coach's house to hear of an at-large berth that turned into a first-round loss. Monday night they danced and celebrated with about 350 fans at their second straight at-large berth, capping a Sun Belt season dedicated to Stewart. No. 10 seed Middle Tennessee will play Sunday at seventh-seeded Vanderbilt in the Fresno region. These teams are separated by about 45 miles but haven't played since 1992. ''It's been tough all year,'' coach Rick Insell said. ''No one really knows what these young ladies have come through. A lot of it's been behind the scenes, but there's been a lot of weeping and there's been a lot of hugging and there's been a lot of camaraderie. This team is very close, very close from what they've been through.'' While mourning Stewart, who was stabb...
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