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APSU Lady Govs Basketball defeats Martin Methodist 94-44 in exhibition contest


Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Junior guard Kristen Stainback scored 23 point to lead Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team to a 94-44 exhibition victory against Martin Methodist, Sunday afternoon at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball. (Brittney Sparn-APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball. (Brittney Sparn-APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay didn’t get off to a sizzling start offensively, making just six field goals in the first six minutes. Stainback opened the game with a three-pointer on the first possession and her jumper at the 14:20 mark capped a 13-4 APSU opening run.

The Lady Govs defense held Martin Methodist without a field goal during that six-minute span, surrendering the first basket to Kelsey Nowlin at the 13:55 mark. Stainback immediately responded with a three-pointer, giving APSU its first double-digit advantage, 16-6, with 13:43 left in the period.

Martin Methodist would make a brief run, scoring five straight points to cut APSU’s lead to seven points, 22-15, with 10:36 left. However, Austin Peay scored the next eight points – a Stainback three-pointer, a three-point basket by senior Nicole Olszewski and a jumper by sophomore Tiasha Gray – to push the lead back to 15 points, 30-15, two minutes later and APSU would not be threatened again.

Austin Peay pushed the lead to 22 points just before halftime courtesy freshman April Rivers’ three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining. Martin Methodist scored the half’s final points and trailed 45-25 at the break.

The Lady Govs didn’t waste much time pushing its advantage to 30 points in the second half, using just over five minutes. Olszewski’s jumper with 14:49 left gave APSU a 61-31 lead. Olszewski helped push to lead to 40 points eight minutes later with a free throw at the 6:14 mark. The lead grew to 50 points, the largest of the contest, when senior Lauren Yarbrough hit a three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining, setting the final score.

Stainback made 8-of-13 from the floor, including 7-of-10 from three-point depth, to finish with 23 points and six rebounds. Gray added 16 points and also had nine assists, six rebounds and three steals. Rivers chipped in 17 points, four assists and four steals. Olszewski finished with 13 points.

The Lady Govs converted 50.6 percent (39-of-77) of their field-goal attempts, including 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from three-point range.

Austin Peay posted a 57-33 advantage on the glass, including 21 offensive rebounds it converted into 13 second-chance points. Sophomore Symantha Norton had a team-best eight rebounds.

Rachel Brown led Martin Methodist with 14 points, coming off the bench. The Redhawks were held to 25 percent (14-of-56) shooting in the contest.

Austin Peay will open the 2013-14 regular season when it travels to Western Kentucky for a 2:00pm, Saturday contest.




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