Lady Raiders Travel To Southern Miss


HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Middle Tennessee women’s basketball wraps up its three-game road stretch at Southern Miss Jan. 22. Including Saturday’s game, the Lady Raiders have spent five of the past seven games away from the Murphy Center. 

The Blue Raiders (12-4, 4-2 C-USA) are looking to bounce back from a two-point loss at FIU. The Golden Eagles (11-5, 3-2 C-USA) sit in second place in Conference USA’s west division while Middle Tennessee is currently fourth in the east coming into the weekend. 

Last time out – Jan. 15 at FIU (L, 54-56) RECAP

Middle Tennessee dropped its second conference game of the season in a 54-56 overtime loss at FIU. 

Down by 14 in the first half, the Blue Raiders led twice in the fourth quarter and once in overtime despite 18 turnovers and just six made 3-pointers. 

Anastasiia Boldyreva had one of her best performances with MT, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Alexis Whittington was the other Lady Raider to score double figures with 12 points along with four rebounds. 

Putting Middle Tennessee on the map

How good has the Blue Raider defense been? The following is where Middle Tennessee ranks nationally in several categories.

  • Ninth in the nation in opponent 3-point percentage (24.2 percent).
  • Tied for 25th in the country in scoring defense, holding opponents to 55.2 points per game.

Offensively, MT is ninth in 3-point field goals per game (9.6) and 11th in 3-point field goals made (154). Courtney Whitson plays 38.6 minutes a game, which leads the country. Saar is tied for 25th in 3-point field goals made (43).

Blue Raider notes

  • Middle Tennessee has made 18 consecutive postseason appearances.
  • This season’s roster includes five international players from five different countries. 
  • Kseniya Malashka was named Conference USA Player of the Week on Jan. 10. Malashka played a significant role in the wins vs. Rice and North Texas by averaging 17.5 points, three blocks, 2.5 steals and four rebounds.
  • Jalynn Gregory has been named Conference USA Freshman of the Week twice. The Lafayette, Tenn. native is putting up 11.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
  • MT’s bench has been strong this season with the Lady Raider bench averaging 23.5 ppg., which is almost three times its average last season.

Road Raiders
The Lady Raiders are 147-80 overall on the road under Head Coach Rick Insell. In C-USA play, Insell’s teams are 51-16. 

This season, MT is 6-4 in both away and neutral site games.

 


Scouting Southern Miss

Southern Miss carries a three-game winning streak into Saturday. The average margin of victory during the streak is 5.6 points. The Golden Eagles are 7-1 at home with the only loss coming against Arkansas Pine Bluff Nov. 26. 

Southern Miss leads all of Conference USA in field goal percentage, shooting 43.4 percent as a team. Defensively, the Golden Eagles are fourth in field goal percentage defense, right behind the Lady Raiders, by holding teams to 36 percent. 

Southern Miss is second in both rebounding margin (+6.38) and assists per game (14.81).

Individually, Domonique Davis leads the team in several stat categories including scoring average (15.0), total assists (69) and 3-pointers made (19). Melyia Grayson scores 11.8 points and grabs 7.4 rebounds per contest. 

Joye Lee-McNelis has led the Southern Miss women’s basketball program since 2004 and is 263-239. 

All-time series

  • Middle Tennessee trails the all-time series vs. Southern Miss, 6-9. The Lady Raiders won three straight matchups before falling 61-69 back on Jan. 16, 2021 at the Murphy Center. 

Options to follow the game

  • Saturday’s game will stream on ESPN+. Listen on WGNS 1450 AM, 100.5 FM, 101.9 FM or GoBlueRaiders.com/Watch. 
  • Fans can also follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram





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EU ends omicron travel ban on flights from southern Africa


The European Union has ended travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa well over a month after imposing it on hopes of containing the spread of the omicron variant of the corona virus

BRUSSELS — The European Union ended travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa on Monday well over a month after imposing them to in hopes of containing the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The highly contagious variant was first discovered in southern Africa in late November and the 27-nation bloc restricted travel for visitors from that region, where the variant brought on a sudden surge of infections.

Omicron has since become the dominant variant and is responsible in the EU and many other nations for a unprecedent increase in infections. That made the travel ban from southern Africa a moot point.

The French EU presidency announced Monday that the 27 member states agreed “to lift the emergency break to allow air travel to resume with southern African countries.”



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The European Union ended travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa on Monday well over a month after imposing them to in hopes of containing the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The highly contagious variant was first discovered in southern Africa in late November and the 27-nation bloc restricted travel for visitors from that region, where the variant brought on a sudden surge of infections. Omicron has since become the dominant variant and is responsible in the EU and many other nations for a unprecedent increase in infections. That made the travel ban from southern Africa a moot point.

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U.S. Lifts Travel Restrictions on Southern African Countries




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Winter weather advisory in effect for parts of southern Wisconsin until early Sunday | Local News








Snow forecast for New Years Day

Forecasters are predicting widespread moderate to heavy snowfall with gusty north winds Saturday afternoon and into the evening, with the highest totals across southeast Wisconsin heading closer to Lake Michigan. 



The Pacific Northwest and Sierra Nevada grappled Tuesday with another day of snow, ice and unseasonable cold that has disrupted traffic, caused closures and forced people to find refuge in emergency warming shelters.

Part of the main highway from San Francisco to Reno remained closed Tuesday for a third day due to record-setting snow in the Lake Tahoe area after a winter storm blasted across northern California and Nevada.







A winter weather advisory is in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday per a probable one to five inches of snow for parts of southern Wisconsin, including Madison and Dane County. Dodge and Sheboygan counties have been removed from the advisory, but up to two inches of snow is still expected for both areas.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday per a possible five to eight inches of snow for southeastern Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.

“Travel will become hazardous after the snow arrives, so use caution,” the weather service said. 

Starting between 3-4 p.m., Madison has a 90% chance of receiving one to two inches of snow moving in from the south, with the up to eight inches closer to Lake Michigan — down from the nine inches the weather service predicted Friday.

“Snow is reaching the ground in far southern Wisconsin,” the weather service said. “Currently, it is not reaching the ground further north but will start later this afternoon. Be prepared for roads to become quickly snow covered and slippery with limited visibility. Take it slow.”



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US to lift travel ban on 8 southern African countries


The White House says the U.S. will lift travel restrictions to eight southern African countries on New Year’s Eve

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will lift travel restrictions to eight southern African countries on New Year’s Eve, the White House announced Friday.

The restrictions, imposed last month, were meant to blunt the spread of the COVID omicron variant.

The Nov. 29 ban barred nearly all non-U.S. citizens who had recently been in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter that the decision was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Munoz said the temporary travel bans bought scientists necessary time to study the new virus variant and conclude that the current vaccinations are effective in blunting its impact.

Omicron is now spreading rapidly throughout the U.S., including among the vaccinated, but a huge majority of those being hospitalized are unvaccinated.



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Biden says he’s considering lifting travel ban on southern African countries put in place to limit spread of Omicron


The ban has come under increasing scrutiny as the strain is already the predominant one in new cases in the US, and has run rampant in other countries that have not seen similar travel restrictions.

“I’m considering reversing (the travel ban), I’m going to talk to my team in the next couple days,” Biden told reporters after a speech on Covid-19 at the White House.

In late November, Biden acted on advice from the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by restricting travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The Omicron variant eventually made its way to the US and is now the dominant strain of coronavirus in the country, accounting for more than 73% of new cases, according to the CDC.

“Remember why I said we put the travel ban on — it was to see how much time we had before it hit here so we could begin to decide what we needed by looking at what was happening in other countries,” Biden said. “And we’re past that now, and so it’s something that’s being raised with me by the docs and I’ll have an answer for that soon.”

For days the White House has been giving a similar answer on the restrictions. On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the ban was never meant to be permanent, and that the administration was “continuing to assess day to day the decision to lift that ban.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated.



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Strong storm to cause travel impacts across southern Colorado Wednesday


Winds could gust as high as 60 to 80 m.p.h. on Wednesday

COLORADO SPRINGS – A powerful storm system moving out of southern California and into the southern Rockies will mean snow, strong winds and high fire danger for southern Colorado.

Very strong and potentially damaging winds are becoming more likely on Wednesday. West winds gusting to 60 to 80 m.p.h. are possible with the potential for a few gusts beyond that. These wind speeds could bring down some tree branches and could cause some power outages. Blowing dust will also be possible, particularly in open areas. Travel will be difficult for lightweight and high profile vehicles.

The timing of the strongest winds will be from around 4:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. in the mountains and from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. along the I-25 corridor and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the plains.

Due to the very strong winds anticipated, a High Wind Warning is in effect for much of the area from Wednesday morning into Wednesday afternoon. Please secure any loose objects such as patio furniture and trash cans.

High Wind Warning in effect Wednesday AM to Wednesday PM

Humidity levels will be quite low along with the strong winds, making fire danger very high to critical across much of the area. Because of this, a Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of the area. Any fire that starts will quickly get out of control as conditions will be favorable for rapid fire growth and spread. The Red Flag Warning is in effect from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Red Flag Warning in effect Wednesday

Along the front responsible for the winds, some heavy mountain snow will occur late tonight into Wednesday morning. Snowfall rates in the mountains may approach 2 to 3 inches per hour. This, combined with strong winds, will make travel extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Intense snow possible in the mountains early Wednesday

As the front moves into the foothills and I-25 corridor, there could be a few brief, intense snow squalls that would create very low visibility and could drop a quick 1/2 inch or more of snow along with strong, gusty winds which could significantly impact travel in localized areas for short amounts of time.

Some snow squalls possible along the foothills and I-25 corridor early Wednesday

Stay tuned to FOX21 News for the latest on this intense wind and snow storm moving through on Wednesday.



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Fauci Says He Hopes U.S. Travel Ban From Southern Africa Can Be Lifted in ‘Reasonable Period’ | Top News


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Sunday he hopes the ban on travelers from southern African countries can be lifted in a “reasonable period of time” as more information is gathered on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program that U.S. authorities are mindful of the hardship the travel ban is causing in those countries and are constantly re-evaluating the policy.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick)

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