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Austin Peay Lady Govs Basketball hosts nationally-ranked Louisville Cardinals, Thursday night

 

Austin Peay Lady Govs (0-1, 0-0 OVC) vs. Louisville (2-0, 0-0 Big East)

Date: Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Tipoff: 7:00pm (CT)
Location: Clarksville, TN | Arena: Dunn Center (7,257)

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay women’s basketball team opens the home portion of its schedule when it hosts No. 8-ranked Louisville in a 7:00pm, Thursday contest at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

It is the second consecutive year the two teams have met, with Louisville winning a 78-60 decision at the KFC YUM! Center last season. Austin Peay is 21-14 in home openers, including a 3-3 mark under head coach Carrie Daniels.

Lady Govs Notably Last Time Out

Austin Peay opened the season with a 72-54 loss at UAB, last Friday. The Lady Govs committed 10 turnovers in the opening 10 minutes and were charged with 29 turnovers in the contest. Despite the turnover woes, the Lady Govs did not trail by more than 14 points until the second half and weren’t knocked out of the contest until the final 10 minutes.

Senior Leslie Martinez scored 12 first-half points but finished with 13 points while senior Meghan Bussabarger scored 14 second-half points en route to a 16-point outing. Freshman Tiasha Gray battled a shaky handle (8 TOs) to lead the bench with a nine-point outing. Freshman Jennifer Nwokocha also was a bright spot with six points and four rebounds.

Cardinals Comunique

Louisville was ranked No. 8 in both the Associated Press and USA Today women’s basketball polls released this week. The Cardinals have opened the season with wins against nationally-ranked Texas A&M (47-45) and Portland (95-48), but will be playing their first road game Thursday. Louisville’s defense has been its hallmark in the opening two contests, limiting opponents to 35.6 percent field-goal shooting and averaging a +10 turnover margin.

Sophomore Sara Hammond began the season with a career-high 20 points against Texas A&M and leads UL in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (11.0 rph). Junior Shoni Schimmel, a Wade and Wooden Award Watch List member, is averaging 12.0 points per game and has made four of the team’s eight three-pointers.

Lady Govs Add St. Catharine To Schedule

Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team has added St. Catharine College to its 2012-13 schedule in a game to be played at 4:00pm, Sunday, December 9th at the Dunn Center. The game replaces the December 15th contest against Christian Brothers which was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Austin Peay season ticket holders who have a ticket for the December 15th contest may use that ticket for the December 9th game.

An Austin Peay Win Would

Be its second-straight home-opening win (defeated Southern Illinois in 2011 home opener) and improve it to 22-14 in home openers. Be its third straight home win dating back to last season. Be its first-ever victory against Louisville. Be its third win all-time against a ranked opponent, ending a streak of 17 consecutive losses to ranked opposition. Improve Daniels’ record to 73-118 overall, including a 4-3 record in home openers. Make the Lady Govs 426-590 overall since 1976-77.

An Austin Peay Loss Would

Be its second straight loss. End its two-game home win streak. Drop it to 21-15 all-time in home openers. Keep it winless all-time against Louisville (0-8). Be its 18th consecutive loss to a ranked opponent, dropping it to 2-26 all-time versus ranked teams. Drop Daniels’ record to 72-119 overall, including a 3-4 record in home openers. Make the Lady Govs 425-591 overall since 1976-77.


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