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Rayner, Jamen post double-doubles in Lady Govs victory

APSU Governors LogoFor the second consecutive game, Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team used a big finishing kick to post a victory, extending their winning streak to three games with a 77-66 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Tennessee State, Thursday night at the Dunn Center.

Sophomore Jasmine Rayner scoring two of her 21 points during APSU vs Tennessee State game Thursday night

Austin Peay (6-12, 5-2 OVC) closed the contest with an 18-6 run over the final five minutes. The Lady Govs converted 5-of-7 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws during the closing stretch. Sophomore Jasmine Rayner made the biggest impact down the stretch making both her field goals, converting three-of-four at the free-throw line and grabbing five rebounds in the final five minutes.

Tennessee State (6-10, 3-4) grabbed its final lead with 5:22 remaining on Jasmine Shuler’s three-point basket. Austin Peay’s Ashley Herring tied the game, 59-59, on the next possession with a pair of free throws – the game’s 10th tie. TSU’s LaDona Pierce made one of her two free throws to break the deadlock, but Herring responded with a layup to take the lead – the game’s 19th lead change – and APSU was on its way.

The Lady Tigers controlled most of a frantic first half – there were eight ties and 12 lead changes in the frame – and held a four-point, 36-32, lead at the break. TSU’s Oby Okafor posted a double-double in the opening half, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Rayner finished the game with a career-high 21 points and added 12 rebounds for her season’s fourth double-double. Senior Nicole Jamen added a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double – her season’s sixth double-double. Herring finished with 17 points, 10 at the free-throw line, and Whitney Hanley added 13 points.

Okafor led Tennessee State with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Shuler added 19 points, making 5-of-12 from three-point range.

Austin Peay returns to action when it travels to Tennessee Tech for a 5:30 p.m., Thursday contest.

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