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Top-four spot at risk as Lady Govs visit league-leading Tennessee Tech
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APSU Women’s Basketball
Cookeville, TN – Currently assured of only the fifth seed in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championship, Austin Peay women’s basketball team will look to remain in the race for a top-four finish when it meets league-leading Tennessee Tech in a 5:30pm, Saturday contest at the Eblen Center.
The Lady Govs ran their win streak to a season-best four games with a 56-53 victory at Jacksonville State, Thursday. Austin Peay nearly surrendered a double-digit lead for the second consecutive game, but survived a 16-turnover second-half for the win. The victory secured APSU a top-five finish in the regular-season race and they remained tied with Eastern Illinois for fourth place overall.
Junior Jasmine Rayner led the Lady Govs with her season’s fourth double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Junior Whitney Hanley also scored 14 points and has led the team in scoring for each game of APSU’s current win streak.
Tennessee Tech clinched a share of its league-record 16th regular-season title with its 76-62 victory against Tennessee State, Thursday. The Golden Eagles, who led by two points at halftime, went to the free throw line 26 times in the second half and scored 21 of their 39 second-half points at the charity stripe. TTU can clinch the 2010-11 regular-season title outright with a victory in either of its two remaining games.
Junior Tacarra Hayes led Tennessee Tech with a 25-point, 16-rebound, 5-assist performance against Tennessee State. Freshman Molly Heady (15 points, 7 rebounds) and junior transfer Brittany Darling (13 points, 7 rebounds) also reached double-figures in scoring.
Tennessee Tech won the season’s first meeting between the teams, a 69-65 decision, Jan. 20, in Clarksville. The Golden Eagles used a 23-of-27 effort at the free-throw line in the victory, but had to hold off a late Lady Govs run that cut the lead to one point with 35 seconds remaining.
Rayner led Austin Peay with a 16-point, 13-rebound effort and was one of four starters to score more than 10 points. The Lady Govs bench was nearly nonexistent against the Golden Eagles, scoring just two points. Hayes led Tennessee Tech with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Jasmine Rayner posted her season’s fourth double-double sharing the scoring lead (14 points) with Hanley while grabbing a team-best 12 rebounds.
Nicole Olszewski finished with nine points (three three-point field goals), three rebounds and five assists.
Austin Peay tied its season low with three free throws made but set a season low with just four free throw attempts. Hanley was the only APSU player to make a free-throw attempt.
For the second consecutive game, Austin Peay led by more than 15 points in the contest only to see the lead cut to one possession in the game’s final minute. They recorded the victory both times.
After committing just eight turnovers in the first half, Austin Peay committed 16 second-half turnovers. Jacksonville State recovered from an 11-turnover first half to record just five second-half giveaways.
Austin Peay won for the first time this season when scoring less than 60 points.
Jacksonville State held a 20-16 edge on the offensive glass, but scored just six second-chance points – APSU scored 14 second-chance points.
Jacksonville State failed to make a three-point field goal, becoming the first opponent this season to not record a three-pointer. They also set an opponent season low with nine three-point field goals attempted.
Austin Peay returns to the Dunn Center for its final two regular-season contests, beginning with a 5:15pm, Thursday affair against Eastern Illinois. The Panthers won this season’s first meeting in Charleston and the two teams have split the last six meetings in the series. Austin Peay holds a 9-5 series lead at the Dunn Center, including last season’s 66-55 victory in Clarksville.
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