MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders women's basketball team spent most of Thursday grieving the stabbing death of teammate Tina Stewart and agonizing over the decision to play in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
They reached a unanimous decision just before facing reporters.
Standing together, holding hands for support and with their eyes red from crying, senior guard Anne Marie Lanning announced they would try to win another title and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
"We know Tina would want us to go out and play," Lanning said. "We just talked about it, and we all just kind of looked at each other, 'Yeah, that's what we want to do."
Stewart, 21, of Memphis, was stabbed to death Wednesday night and her 18-year-old roommate, Shanterrica Madden, has been charged with first-degree murder. The Middle Tennessee freshman is being held without bond. Madden's attorney, Joe Brandon, told The Associated Press that his client used Stewart's own knife in self-defense during a fight.
Stewart's boyfriend, junior KC Anuna, doesn't know yet if he'll go with the men's team to the Sun Belt Tournament, but said Stewart was just trying to do the right thing Wednesday night.
Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans wrote in an e-mail to the AP that possible drug use inside the apartment is part of the overall investigation and police believe first-degree murder is the appropriate charge.
Anuna said Madden had done "something" before and Stewart had warned Madden not to do it again, promising to report her to the courtesy officer at their apartment complex close to campus. He said Madden agreed.
"It happened again. She called the courtesy officer. I guess, I guess that's when the roommate got mad," Anuna said.