APSU Women’s Basketball
Clarksville, TN – Senior Brooke Faulkner scored all 16 of her points in the second half to help lead Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team to a 69-61 come-from-behind victory in Ohio Valley Conference play, Thursday night, at the Dunn Center.
Austin Peay (8-16, 7-5 OVC) overcame a 13-point deficit just five days after surrendering an 11-point lead at Morehead State. UT Martin led by that margin, 41-28, with 15:52 remaining in the game following senior Alecia Weatherly’s three-point field goal.
But the Lady Govs chose that moment to make their comeback and pieced together a 17-4 run over the next 5:25 to tie the game, 45-45. Faulkner scored eight points during the run, making a pair of three-point field goals and nabbing a pair of steals.
UT Martin (13-9, 8-3) fended off Austin Peay’s attempts to take the lead for the next two minutes. However, the Lady Govs continued to press and took its first lead of the game, 52-49, on Faulkner’s three-pointer at the 8:20 mark.
The Lady Govs would not enjoy more than a two possession advantage over the next seven minutes until Faulkner hit another three-pointer followed a minute later by junior Whitney Hanley’s layup gave APSU an eight-point, 67-59, lead with 1:11 remaining.
The Skyhawks led throughout the first half but the Lady Govs forced five ties in the game’s opening 10 minutes. But a 15-3 run over a nearly eight-minute span gave UT Martin a 12-point, 30-18 lead with 2:51 remaining. Austin Peay would score four consecutive points – slashing the lead to eight points, but UT Martin responded with the half’s final four points to take a 34-22 halftime lead.
Faulkner played just nine minutes in the opening half, with just one field goal attempt for her effort. However, she broke free in the second half and finished the game 6-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three point range.
Freshman Heather Butler, the OVC’s scoring leader, led UT Martin with 19 points, but was held to seven points in the second half. Weatherly added 11 points and Beth Hawn chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Austin Peay returns to action when it hosts Murray State in a 5:15pm, Saturday Ohio Valley Conference contest at the Dunn Center.
UT Martin vs Austin Peay
02/03/11 – 5:15pm at Clarksville, TN (Dunn Center)
UT Martin 61
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Austin Peay 69
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|UT Martin||34||27||61||Record: (13-9, 8-3 OVC)|
|Austin Peay||22||47||69||Record: (8-16, 7-5 OVC)|
|Points in the paint-UTM 16,APSU 28. Points off turnovers-UTM 14,APSU 24.|
|2nd chance points-UTM 7,APSU 14. Fast break points-UTM 0,APSU 0.|
|Bench points-UTM 12,APSU 14. Score tied-8 times. Lead changed-5 times.|
|Last FG-UTM 2nd-00:18, APSU 2nd-00:15.|
|Largest lead-UTM by 13 2nd-15:52, APSU by 8 2nd-01:11.|
|Officials: Phillip Freels (R), Scott Starkey, Eric BakerTechnical fouls: UT Martin-None. Austin Peay-None.Attendance: 912|