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Lady Govs pull away in second half for exhibition victory

 

APSU Women’s Basketball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Junior Whitney Hanley scored 28 points and made all eight of her three-point field goal sto lead Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team in its 84-37 exhibition victory against Cumberland, Monday night, at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay led by 15 points, 39-24, at halftime but needed a 14-4 half-ending run to build that margin. Cumberland scored six consecutive points to cut the lead to five points, 25-20, with 5:05 remaining.

Whitney Hanley made all eight of her three-point field goals to lead Austin Peay past Cumberland, Monday. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Whitney Hanley made all eight of her three-point field goals to lead Austin Peay past Cumberland, Monday. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Senior Salem Richardson countered with the game’s next five points and added an assist on junior Jasmine Rayner’s field goal which pushed the lead back into double-digits, 32-22, with 2:45 remaining. Junior Dalila Thomas added a field goal and sophomore Kaitlyn Hill closed the half with consecutive field goals to push the lead to 15 points.

Hanley made four three-point field goals in Austin Peay’s 21-6 scoring run to open the second half. That pushed the lead to 30 points, 60-30, with 8:50 left and the Lady Govs would not look back.

Hanley’s 28 points came on 10-of-13 field goal shooting, including an 8-of-8 effort from three-point range. Six of her three-pointers came in the second half. Hanley added six rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Kaitlyn HillHill finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, making 6-of-9 from the field. Freshman Nicole Olszewski finished with nine points off the bench and junior Neika Smith added four points, four rebounds and six assists off the bench.

The effects of playing its third game in four days clearly showed for Cumberland, which made just 22.2 percent (12-of-54) of its field goals and 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from three-point range.

Kristi Landers came off the bench to lead Cumberland with 11 points. Jessica Pace, the Bulldogs leading scorer entering the game, did not make a field goal and was held to two points and five rebounds.

Austin Peay opens its regular-season slate with a 5:00pm (CST), Friday contest at Purdue in the opening round of the 2010 Preseason Women’s NIT.


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