Givens leads No. 18 Middle Tennessee to 21st straight win

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Chrissy Givens scored 17 points and had nine rebounds to lead Middle Tennessee (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 17 AP) to a 66-59 victory Thursday over Florida International.

The Blue Raiders (24-3, 16-0 Sun Belt Conference) won their 21st straight game, the second-longest active streak in the nation behind No. 1 Duke, which is 27-0.

MTSU was able to hold off several Golden Panthers runs in the second half after building a 21-point lead with 17:47 remaining.

Marquita Adley scored a game-high 23 points to lead Florida International (15-9, 9-6). Adley hit 10 of 11 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. She scored eight points as part of a 26-11 run, cutting the Blue Raiders' lead to 55-49 with 6:37 left.

Middle Tennessee used a 9-3 run over the next three minutes to push its lead back to 12.

Givens led three Blue Raiders in double digits. Amber Holt scored 15 and Krystle Horton added 12, including 10 in the second half, and nine rebounds.

Middle Tennessee never trailed. The Blue Raiders hit their first five 3-point attempts, building a 24-11 lead with 11:32 remaining in the first half.

Lasma Jekabsone scored 13 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Golden Panthers. LaQuetta Ferguson added 11 points.