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This is the end: 64-57

Conference USA Player of the Year Ebony Rowe played like exactly that against FIU Thursday.

Rowe pumped in 25 points on 11 of 15 shooting, pulled down 14 rebounds, had an assist, a block and a steal as Middle Tennessee State ended FIU's season, 64-57, in the semifinal of the Conference USA women's basketball tournament. FIU led early before Middle took over with a run early in the first half.

Senior guard Jerica Coley ended her career with 19 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Her 115 points were a tournament record and her 3,107 points were fifth in NCAA history.

Middle held Coley, Durant and Taylor Shade to a combined 10 of 44 from the field. Tynia McKinzie had 15 points and six rebounds in 37 minutes.

FIU's tournament run put a nice gloss on a 15-18 season. As this season ends, it does so at a major fork for the program -- no more Coley and, if not this year then probably a year from now, no more head coach Cindy Russo. It'll be interesting to see where the program goes over the next 24 months.

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Does our head scratching overpaid AD pull the trigger on Cindy?

Russo previously said she was sticking around only one more year, this year, so it should be out of Pete's hands. If she sticks to her word, I hope he goes young with her replacement. There are quite a few coaching prospects locally, with Miami ties and fire in the belly, who would do great at FIU and motivate our women ballers.

Can we get rid of AD first?

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