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Austin Peay Lady Govs Basketball fades down the stretch to lose to Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
Posted By News Staff On Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 9:41 pm In Sports | No Comments
Cookeville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team saw a barrage of Tennessee Tech three-pointers undo a second-half comeback attempt in a 73-51 Ohio Valley Conference loss to Tennessee Tech, Saturday at the Eblen Center.
Austin Peay (5-14, 0-7 OVC) opened the second half with a 9-2 run and closed within one point, 35-34, with 14:28 remaining. Senior Leslie Martinez contributed the run’s first four points while freshman Jennifer Nwokocha and sophomore Shira Buley  each added a pair of free throws.
Tennessee Tech (11-9, 5-2 OVC) kept Austin Peay from taking the lead over the next two minutes before scoring 11 consecutive points, including three three-pointers, to start a 16-2 run that pushed the lead to 15 points, 53-38, with eight minutes remaining. Austin Peay would mount a charge and cut the lead to 12 points, 58-46, with 5:58 left but would get no closer.
The Lady Govs controlled the game’s early momentum, holding the Golden Eagles to 2-of-10 shooting over the opening 7:43. However, Austin Peay was able to build only a 5-4 lead in that opening stretch.
Tennessee Tech broke through offensively over the next five minutes, compiling a 17-3 run thanks to senior Kellie Cook’s four three pointers, and built a 13-point, 21-8 lead with 7:53 left. Austin Peay’s offense went cold during that same stretch, going without a field goal over a span of over seven minutes.
Austin Peay ended the half with an 18-12 run, making eight of its final 11 shots. Senior Meghan Bussabarger  scored eight of her 10 first half points during the run. However, the Lady Govs entered halftime trailing 33-26.
Bussabarger led Austin Peay with a 16-point, 10-rebound – her second double-double this season – but was only 7-of-19 from the floor. Martinez added 13 points and finished with six rebounds and five assists.
Tennessee Tech made 13 three-pointers in the victory – the most by an Austin Peay opponent this season. Kellie Cook made 7-of-9 from three-point range and finished with a game-high 23 points. Jala Harris converted on 5-of-6 from outside the arc and added 17 points and eight assists.
Austin Peay continues its three-game road trip with a 7:00pm, Monday contest at Jacksonville State.
Austin Peay vs Tennessee Tech
1/26/13 5:30pm at Eblen Center (Cookeville, TN)
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|Austin Peay||26||25||51||Record: (5-14, 0-7 OVC)|
|Tennessee Tech||33||40||73||Record: (11-9, 5-2 OVC)|
|Points in the paint-APSU 24,TTU 29. Points off turnovers-APSU 16,TTU 16.|
|2nd chance points-APSU 7,TTU 10. Fast break points-APSU 4,TTU 11.|
|Bench points-APSU 14,TTU 50. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-1 time.|
|Last FG-APSU 2nd-03:52, TTU 2nd-00:38.|
|Largest lead-APSU by 3 1st-15:40, TTU by 22 2nd-00:38.|
| Officials: Erica Bradley, Ryan Freeman, Kerry Pierre
Technical fouls: Austin Peay-None. Tennessee Tech-None.
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