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Murray State Racers vs. Austin Peay Lady Govs
Thursday, January 30th, 2014 | 7:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay women’s basketball team (7-14, 4-4 OVC) will complete a whirlwind three-game, six-day homestand when it hosts the Murray State Racers (8-12, 1-7 OVC) in a 7:00pm, Thursday contest at the Dunn Center.The Lady Govs return to action after seeing their four-game win streak stopped with a 69-65 OVC loss to Jacksonville State, Monday. Austin Peay rallied from an 18-point deficit and led briefly in the closing minutes but Jacksonville State scored the game’s final five points to secure the win.
Austin Peay will open the second half of its league schedule with a familiar foe as Murray State will visit for the 79th meeting between the two squads. The Racers won the season’s first meeting, 76-68, just 19 days ago. Murray State’s Keiona Kirby scored 22 points to lead all scorers and the Racers scored 25 points at the free throw line. Freshman Tearra Banks led APSU with 17 points in 19 minutes.
Murray State visits Clarksville battling a five-game losing streak that dates back to its victory against Austin Peay. The Racers lost the services of leading scorer Kirby in their next game following the win against APSU and have not been able to post a win since. Murray State’s offense slowly has recovered as four different players have led the team in scoring during the five-game stretch.
Austin Peay Lady Govs
At the halfway point, Austin Peay would be seeded seventh in the OVC women’s basketball tournament. The Lady Govs are just 1-3 at home in OVC play this season while posting a 3-1 mark on the road.
Sophomore guard Tiasha Gray, has been APSU’s leading scorer in each of the last five games (18.8 ppg) and has three straight 20-point outings. Gray leads the Lady Govs in scoring (14.6 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg).
Five APSU players have recorded a double-double this season, sophomore Jennifer Nwokocha and freshman Tearra Banks each leading the team with four.
Austin Peay’s non-conference opponents have combined for a .558 win percentage this season and APSU’s non-conference strength of schedule ranks 45th according to WBBState.com.
Murray State Racers
Murray State has lost five straight since notching its season’s only win against Austin Peay, January 11th.
Junior guard Keiona Kirby suffered a knee injury two days after that win and has not played since. Despite her loss, Murray State has lost three of the four games by four points or less.
The Racers suffered their largest margin of defeat in OVC action their last time out, an 81-65 loss to Tennessee Tech, Monday. Murray State is 2-8 on the road this season, including an 0-4 mark in OVC action.
Freshman guard Julia Fox has averaged 12.0 points per game to lead Murray State in the last five outings.
An Austin Peay Win Would
Be its fifth victory in its last six outings…End its four-game losing streak to Murray State… Be its fifth OVC win this season, equaling the win total from the 2011-12 season… Make it 4-7 overall and 2-3 in OVC action at the Dunn Center this season… Improve Carrie Daniels’ record to 87-152 overall and 57-78 in OVC action… Make the Lady Govs 440-624 overall since 1976-77.
They were the first duo to record double-doubles in the same game since Jasmine Rayner and Meghan Bussabarger turned the trick at Morehead State on December 31st, 2011.
Gray Notches 3rd 20-Point Outing
She is the first APSU player to record three-straight 20-point outings since Whitney Hanley accomplished the feat over a span of five games (December 29th, 2011-January 14th, 2012).
It was Gray’s sixth 20-point effort this season.
Olszewski Carries Lady Govs Back
However, she hit five straight shots to score 12 points during a 16-0 burst that gave APSU its first lead of the contest.
She made 6 of her final 8 shots in the final 11 minutes and finished with 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting.
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