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Austin Peay Lady Govs Basketball’s shooting drought leads to 70-56 loss to Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Posted By News Staff On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 6:00 pm In Sports | No Comments

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Basketball

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsMurfreesboro, TN – Scoring droughts on either side of halftime doomed Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team in a 70-56 loss to Middle Tennessee, Tuesday, at the Murphy Center.

APSU Junior Nicole Olszewski scored a team-best 14 points in the Lady Govs loss at Middle Tennessee, Tuesday. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information) [1]

APSU Junior Nicole Olszewski scored a team-best 14 points in the Lady Govs loss at Middle Tennessee, Tuesday. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (2-6) used a 12-4 first-half run to take and build its first lead, 23-18, with 7:09 remaining in the first half. The Lady Govs offense got four points from both senior Leslie Martinez and freshman Jennifer Nwokocha during the run. Austin Peay’s defense also found its stride, forcing seven turnovers during that nearly five minute stretch.

Middle Tennessee (5-3) recovered and closed the first half with a 21-7 run to take a 40-30 halftime lead. The Lady Govs offense suddenly went cold, failing to hit a field goal over a six minute span after building its five-point lead.

Nicole Olszewski [2]The second half did not start any better for Austin Peay as Middle Tennessee used a 17-7 run over the opening 8:33 to build a 20-point, 57-37, lead. The Lady Govs would steady themselves and not allow the lead to grow larger over the next four minutes.

Austin Peay’s offense would wake up again over the final 7:33, outscoring the Blue Raiders 15-5, slashing the deficit in half and settling on the final score. Senior Nicole Olszewski scored six points and senior Meghan Bussabarger added four points during the game-ending burst.

Jennifer Nwokocha [3]Bussabarger led Austin Peay with a 12-point, 10-rebound effort – her season’s first double-double. Nicole Olszewski finished with a team-best 14 points, four assists and four steals. Freshman Jennifer Nwokocha added 11 points and senior Leslie Martinez chipped in a 10-point, nine-rebound performance.

Ebony Rowe led Middle Tennessee with a 14-point, 14-rebound performance. Kortni Jones added a game-high 17 points and five steals.

Austin Peay returns to action when it hosts NAIA foe St. Catharine in a 4:00pm, Sunday contest at the Dunn Center.

Box Score

Austin Peay vs Middle Tennessee
12/4/12 11:00am at Murfreesboro, TN (Murphy Center)

Austin Peay 56

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
01 GRAY, Tiasha * 0-5 0-0 1-2 1-2 3 4 1 4 5 1 3 24
04 STAINBACK, Kristen * 1-7 0-1 0-0 0-4 4 0 2 1 3 0 0 18
05 OLSZEWSKI, Nicole * 5-11 3-5 1-3 0-2 2 3 14 4 5 1 4 33
21 NWOKOCHA, Jennifer * 5-6 0-0 1-2 1-1 2 4 11 0 1 0 1 17
43 BUSSABARGER, Meghan * 4-9 0-2 4-4 1-9 10 4 12 1 4 0 1 27
03 BULEY, Shira - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4
14 MARTINEZ, Leslie - 4-9 1-4 1-2 2-7 9 1 10 2 4 0 1 33
15 HOWARD, Amber - 0-0 0-0 1-2 1-0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 7
32 HARDAWAY, Alexis - 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 4 3 2 2 0 2 16
42 HILL, Kaitlyn - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5
44 OLSZEWSKI, Shelby - 0-3 0-2 2-3 0-0 0 1 2 1 0 0 2 16
TM TEAM - - - - 2-2 4 - - - 1 - - -
Totals………….. - 20-52 4-14 12-20 8-29 37 25 56 15 28 3 14 200
38.5% 28.6% 60.0%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 11-25 2-5 6-11
44.0% 40.0% 54.5%
2nd Half: 9-27 2-9 6-9
33.3% 22.2% 66.7%

Middle Tennessee 70

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
05 Cason, Shanice * 2-4 0-0 3-7 0-7 7 3 7 6 5 0 3 39
13 Elie, Icelyn * 4-10 0-1 2-2 2-1 3 4 10 3 2 1 0 32
21 Rowe, Ebony * 5-13 0-0 4-9 6-8 14 1 14 2 5 2 3 38
24 Jones, Kortni * 6-15 4-9 1-2 3-1 4 3 17 2 7 1 5 36
52 Leonard, Laken * 2-8 2-6 2-2 1-3 4 3 8 1 2 0 2 23
02 Brinkley, Janay - 3-10 2-8 0-0 2-4 6 3 8 2 1 0 2 18
10 Sells, MacKenzie - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 March, Lauren - 0-1 0-0 2-2 3-2 5 4 2 0 1 0 1 9
32 Warden, Caroline - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+
50 Johnson, Janiece - 2-2 0-0 0-3 1-0 1 4 4 0 3 1 0 3
TM TEAM - - - - 1-2 3 - - - - - - -
Totals………….. - 24-63 8-24 14-27 19-29 48 25 70 16 26 5 16 200
38.1% 33.3% 51.9%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 14-35 4-13 8-13
40.0% 30.8% 61.5%
2nd Half: 10-28 4-11 6-14
35.7% 36.4% 42.9%

 

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Austin Peay 30 26 56 Record: (2-6)
Middle Tennessee 40 30 70 Record: (5-3)


Points in the paint-APSU 16,MTSU 22. Points off turnovers-APSU 19,MTSU 19.
2nd chance points-APSU 7,MTSU 8. Fast break points-APSU 6,MTSU 2.
Bench points-APSU 16,MTSU 14. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-2 times.
Last FG-APSU 2nd-01:05, MTSU 2nd-03:11.
Largest lead-APSU by 5 1st-07:09, MTSU by 24 2nd-07:33.
Officials: Erica Bradley, Britton Sherry, Nanette Sisk
Technical fouls: Austin Peay-None. Middle Tennessee-None.
Attendance: 10107

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