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Austin Peay Lady Govs Basketball explosed in the second half to beat St. Cathrine Patriots 84-62
Posted By News Staff On Sunday, December 9, 2012 @ 11:09 pm In Sports | No Comments
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team used a 26-4 second-half opening run to break open a close contest and post an 84-62 victory over NAIA opponent St. Catharine, Sunday afternoon, at the Dunn Center.
Leading by two points at halftime, Austin Peay (3-6) only built a six-point advantage in the second half’s first four minutes. However, the Lady Govs broke the game open with an 18-2 run over the next five minutes converting nine of its 12 shots during that stretch.
APSU featured a balanced attack during the outburst with senior Meghan Bussabarger, senior Leslie Martinez, freshman Alexis Hardaway and sophomore Kristen Stainback each contributing at least four points during the burst.
More credit for the second half’s opening should be given to the Lady Govs defense, which limited St. Catherine to 1-of-13 shooting, including 12 consecutive missed shots, and forced eight turnovers in the opening nine minutes.
Following the burst, Austin Peay’s lead would fall below 20 points once – shrinking to 15 points with three minutes left – but it responded and closed the half with an 8-1 game-sealing run.
St. Catharine (6-5) certainly didn’t look like a team that had played two games in the previous two days – piecing together a 13-2 run in the opening 4:28. Austin Peay did not help its cause with one basket in its first seven tries and three turnovers during that opening stretch.
Bussabarger, who had the Lady Govs only basket in the opening four minutes, hit a three-pointer at the 15:13 mark to stop the Patriots run. Her basket started a 16-4 run that gave Austin Peay its first lead and a 21-17 advantage with 9:37 left.
However, Austin Peay could not build a larger advantage as the teams traded the lead nine times over the final 10 minutes before settling on a 38-36 APSU lead at the break.
Martinez added a 13-point, 10-rebound performance that was her second double-double in the last three games. Stainback and senior Kaitlyn Hill added 10 points each.
Rianne Hofstraat led St. Catharine with 16 points – one of four Patriots players to score 10 points.
Austin Peay takes a seven-day break for finals before meeting Arkansas State in a 7:05pm, Monday, December 17th contest in Jonesboro, AR.
St. Catharine vs Austin Peay
12/9/12 4:00pm at Clarksville, TN (Dunn Center)
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|St. Catharine||36||26||62||Record: (6-5)|
|Austin Peay||38||46||84||Record: (3-6)|
|Points in the paint-SCC 26,APSU 51. Points off turnovers-SCC 15,APSU 33.|
|2nd chance points-SCC 10,APSU 20. Fast break points-SCC 10,APSU 15.|
|Bench points-SCC 11,APSU 27. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-9 times.|
|Last FG-SCC 2nd-03:04, APSU 2nd-00:39.|
|Largest lead-SCC by 11 1st-15:32, APSU by 24 2nd-10:51.|
| Officials: Stacey Rymer(R), Robin Orr, Pualani Spurlock
Technical fouls: St. Catharine-None. Austin Peay-None.
Player of the Game: Meghan Bussabarger
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