APSU Women’s Basketball
UT Martin (8-7, 3-1 OVC) – playing without freshman Heather Butler, the OVC’s leading scorer, who missed the game due to illness – dominated the second half, outscoring Austin Peay (4-13, 3-2) by a 45-26 margin. However, it was a pair of 11-point Skyhawk runs that did in the Lady Govs.The Skyhawks opened the second half with 11 consecutive points, stretching a five-point halftime lead into a 14-point, 42-28 advantage. Freshman Jaclissa Haislip scored five points during the opening stretch.
Austin Peay finally broke through in the second half when freshman Nicole Olszewski made a pair of free throws with 15:47 remaining. That started a 6-0 APSU burst and cut the lead to eight points with 14:43 left.
The Lady Govs would get as close as six points, 47-41, with 10:51 remaining courtesy a jumper by junior Whitney Hanley, but they would get no closer. The Skyhawks scored the game’s next 11 points in a stretch of 2:29 to build a 17-point, 58-41, lead and they would not be threatened the game’s remainder.
Austin Peay quickly rallied back, scoring 11 of the next 13 points, including consecutive sophomore Neika Smith’s two consecutive three-point field goals, to take an 18-17 lead with 7:42 left.
UT Martin scored the game’s next six points courtesy Beth Hawn’s consecutive three-pointers to take a five point lead, 23-18, with 6:37 left.
The Lady Govs rallied to tie the game for the final time, 23-23, after a Olszewski free throw with 4:28 remaining, but could not regain the lead. UTM scored the game’s next five points and nursed that five point advantage into a 33-28 halftime lead.
Hanley led the Lady Govs with 11 points but was just 4-of-16 from the field, including a 3-of-11 effort from three-point range. Senior Dalila Thomas added 10 points off the bench.
Austin Peay continued to have difficulty shooting the ball, making just 30.3 percent (20-of-66) from the field. The Lady Govs were particularly cold in the second half, making just 26.5 percent (9-of-34).
The Skyhawks made 45.9 percent (28-of-61) of their field goals, including an impressive 44 percent (11-of-25) of their three-point field goals. UTM also won the rebounding battle by a 44-38 margin.
Austin Peay returns to action with a 1:15pm, Saturday contest at Murray State.