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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

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Basketball

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsClarksville, 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.

Senior Meghan Bussabarger led Austin Peay with 25 points in Sunday's win against St. Catharine. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information) [1]

Senior Meghan Bussabarger led Austin Peay with 25 points in Sunday’s win against St. Catharine. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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.

Leslie Martinez [2]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.

Meghan Bussabarger [3]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.

Kristen Stainback [4]Bussabarger finished with a game-best 25 points – four shy of her career high – and seven rebounds. She was 11-of-17 from the field, including a 2-of-2 effort from three-point range.

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.

Box Score

St. Catharine vs Austin Peay
12/9/12 4:00pm at Clarksville, TN (Dunn Center)

St. Catharine 62

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
13 HOFSTRAAT, Rianne f 6-13 2-4 2-2 0-4 4 4 16 0 2 5 0 27
34 POIRIER, Reilly f 2-13 0-0 2-3 5-3 8 4 6 1 2 0 0 24
05 RUIZ-LOPEZ, Carol g 4-7 2-4 2-3 2-5 7 2 12 3 5 0 0 32
14 CALHOUN, Machera g 5-8 0-0 2-2 2-3 5 4 12 2 3 0 2 30
21 SANDLIN, Heather g 2-6 0-2 1-2 0-2 2 0 5 4 4 0 3 28
12 MOORE, Cora - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6
23 GRIFFIN, Alexis - 4-14 3-9 0-0 1-5 6 3 11 0 3 1 1 32
25 SHROUT, Stacie - 0-6 0-6 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 17
32 GRIFFIN, Kassie - 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
40 BOWLING, Lauren - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
TM TEAM - - - - 5-3 8 - - - - - - -
Totals………….. - 23-68 7-26 9-12 15-28 43 17 62 11 21 6 6 200
33.8% 26.9% 75.0%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 14-36 3-12 5-6
38.9% 25.0% 83.3%
2nd Half: 9-32 4-14 4-6
28.1% 28.6% 66.7%

Austin Peay 84

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
32 HARDAWAY, Alexis f 2-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 4 4 4 0 3 1 0 14
43 BUSSABARGER, Meghan f 11-17 2-2 1-2 3-4 7 1 25 3 1 0 1 35
04 STAINBACK, Kristen g 4-11 2-4 0-0 2-1 3 1 10 0 0 1 1 21
05 OLSZEWSKI, Nicole g 1-4 0-0 3-5 0-5 5 0 5 4 1 0 0 29
14 MARTINEZ, Leslie g 5-11 1-4 2-2 4-6 10 2 13 5 3 1 4 27
01 GRAY, Tiasha - 3-7 0-3 0-0 1-3 4 1 6 2 3 0 2 17
03 BULEY, Shira - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
15 HOWARD, Amber - 2-7 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 3 2 0 2 17
21 NWOKOCHA, Jennifer - 0-3 0-0 1-4 1-2 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 11
22 YARBROUGH, Lauren - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 NORTON, Symantha - 3-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 4
42 HILL, Kaitlyn - 4-8 0-0 2-2 1-2 3 0 10 1 1 2 1 15
44 OLSZEWSKI, Shelby - 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 4
54 MAKI, Lauren - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
TM TEAM - - - - 2-3 5 - - - - - - -
Totals………….. - 35-75 5-16 9-15 17-32 49 14 84 20 15 5 13 200
46.7% 31.3% 60.0%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 14-35 3-8 7-11
40.0% 37.5% 63.6%
2nd Half: 21-40 2-8 2-4
52.5% 25.0% 50.0%

 

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.
Attendance: 250
Player of the Game: Meghan Bussabarger

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