29 years in MTSU player’s stabbing death

A Memphis woman has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for

fatally stabbing a Middle Tennessee State University women’s

basketball player.

Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge Don Ash on Tuesday

sentenced Shanterrica Madden of Memphis to 25 years for

second-degree murder and four years for tampering with evidence.

The sentences will be served consecutively.

Madden was convicted in May in the March 2, 2011, death of

21-year-old Tina Stewart at an off-campus apartment they


At her trial, Madden acknowledged stabbing Stewart but said she

acted in self-defense against her larger and more athletic


Madden is 4 feet 11 inches. She told the jury that a fight in

Stewart’s bedroom became physical when the 5-foot-7 player began

hitting her. Madden said she defended herself with a knife.