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Lady Govs host Cumberland in lone Preseason Exhibition

 

APSU Women’s Basketball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team hosts in-state foe Cumberland in a 5:15pm, Monday exhibition contest. It is the Lady Govs only exhibition affair this season.

Austin Peay returns three starters and 10 letterwinners from last season’s squad which won the Ohio Valley Conference’s tournament championship. However, the team’s two starters not returning this season were its leading scorer and its leading rebounder. The returnees account for 58 percent of last season’s scoring and 62 percent of its rebounding.

Junior Jasmine Rayner, a preseason All-OVC selection, and the Lady Govs meet Cumberland in Monday's exhibition contest. (Courtesy: Robert Smith/The Leaf-Chronicle)

Junior Jasmine Rayner, a preseason All-OVC selection, and the Lady Govs meet Cumberland in Monday's exhibition contest. (Courtesy: Robert Smith/The Leaf-Chronicle)

Leading that group of returners is junior forward Jasmine Rayner who ranked second on the team in both scoring (10.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). She will seek help from the team’s other two returning starters – junior Whitney Hanley and senior Brooke Faulkner, who were fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively, last season.

Joining those three returning starters in the Lady Govs starting lineup for Monday’s exhibition will be seniors Darcie Warner and Dalila Thomas. Warner played in 28 contests and recorded 23 steals in limted action. Thomas averaged 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game after joining the team at the semester break.

Cumberland enters Monday’s exhibition with three regular-season contests under its belt, posting a 2-1 record. The Bulldogs posted a 91-67 victory against Midway (KY) in their last outing, Saturday. Jessica Pace led Cumberland with 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Yalonda Davis added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Notes And Notables

  • Austin Peay is 3-1 in exhibition contests under head coach Carrie Daniels
  • This is the second consecutive season Austin Peay has met Cumberland in its lone exhibition contest. The Lady Govs won a 96-40 decision in last season’s meeting.
  • Salem Richardson scored 12 points in last season’s exhibition, the most of any returning player.

Next up: Austin Peay opens its 2010-11 regular-season slate with a 5:00pm, Friday contest at Purdue. That game is the opening contest of the 2010 Preseason Women’s NIT.


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