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Austin Peay Lady Govs Basketball unable to recover from poor first half at Middle Tennessee

APSU Sports Information: Austin Peay Basketball

Austin Peay State UniversityMurfreesboro, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team could not recover from a poor first-half effort in a 69-63 non-conference loss to Middle Tennessee, Tuesday night, at the Murphy Center.

Austin Peay (2-6) did not make a field goal until senior Whitney Hanley’s jumper at the 13:33 mark but trailed just 6-2 as Middle Tennessee struggled from the opening tip. Hanley and senior Jasmine Rayner made the Lady Govs next two shots to tie the game, 6-6, with 11:21 left.

Senior Whitney Hanley led all scorers with 23 points, Tuesday night at Middle Tennessee. Austin Peay Basketball. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)
Senior Whitney Hanley led all scorers with 23 points, Tuesday night at Middle Tennessee. Austin Peay Basketball. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

But as has been the case during its now six-game losing streak, Austin Peay struggled at both ends of the court over the next 4:29, surrendering a 16-2 run to Middle Tennessee. The Lady Govs were 1-of-6 shooting and committed four turnovers during that stretch. The Blue Raiders made seven consecutive shots during the run, including three by Ebony Rowe, as they built a 22-8 lead with 7:02 left.

Nicole OlszewskiMiddle Tennessee (5-4) pushed its lead to 21 points on a Rowe layup with 3:29 remaining. Austin Peay closed the half with a 9-2 run – jump started by six consecutive points by Rayner – to slash the deficit to 14 points, 33-19, at the half.

The Lady Govs opened the second half with a completely different effort on the offensive end – using a 15-3 run over the opening seven minutes to cut the lead to two points, 36-34. Austin Peay made 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-8 at the free throw line during the burst. Hanley led the effort with seven points and Nicole Olszewski added five points.

The Blue Raiders ended the charge with back-to-back three-pointers from Kortni Jones and Ebony Rowe added a basket to push the lead back to nine points, 44-35, with 11:58 left. Middle Tennessee pushed the lead back to 15 points with 2:59 remaining before Austin Peay closed the game with a 13-4 run to set the final margin.

Whitney HanleyHanley led all scorers with 23 points, making eight of her 12 shots and all six free-throw attempts. Rayner added 15 points and four steals while Nicole Olszewski chipped in 12 points.

Rowe led Middle Tennessee with 22 points and 10 rebounds, but scored only three points in the second half. Jones added 17 points with four three-pointers.

The Copies in a Flash APSU Player of the Game was Whitney Hanley.

Austin Peay continues its four-game road trip with a 6:00pm (CT), Friday contest at Bowling Green.

Box Score

Austin Peay vs Middle Tennessee
12/06/11 7:00pm at Murfreesboro, TN. (Murphy Center)

Austin Peay 63

      Total 3-point   Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
04 STAINBACK, Kristen * 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 20
05 OLSZEWSKI, Nicole * 4-8 1-3 3-5 1-3 4 3 12 1 2 0 0 29
12 HANLEY, Whitney * 8-12 1-2 6-6 0-3 3 1 23 1 3 0 1 40
14 MARTINEZ, Leslie * 2-6 0-2 0-0 2-4 6 4 4 1 7 0 3 38
43 BUSSABARGER, Meghan * 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 9
00 RAYNER, Jasmine 5-9 0-0 5-6 1-2 3 3 15 1 3 0 4 25
02 BROWN, Shyra 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-1 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 6
03 BULEY, Shira 1-4 0-2 5-9 1-1 2 1 7 3 3 0 1 23
42 HILL, Kaitlyn 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
44 OLSZEWSKI, Shelby 0-3 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 8
TM TEAM 1-2 3
  Totals………….. 21-48 2-10 19-27 8-19 27 21 63 8 20 1 14 200
  43.8% 20.0% 70.4%
  Team summary:   FG 3FG FT
  1st Half:   6-23 0-6 7-9
  26.1% 0.0% 77.8%
  2nd Half:   15-25 2-4 12-18
  60.0% 50.0% 66.7%

Middle Tennessee 69

      Total 3-point   Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
05 Cason, Shanice * 0-5 0-4 3-6 2-5 7 4 3 8 3 0 2 38
21 Rowe, Ebony * 10-18 0-0 2-4 8-2 10 4 22 1 9 1 2 31
24 Jones, Kortni * 6-17 4-13 1-2 3-1 4 5 17 5 1 0 2 34
42 Stewart, KeKe * 2-4 0-1 2-2 1-3 4 4 6 1 3 0 1 17
52 Leonard, Laken * 3-7 1-3 0-1 1-2 3 3 7 0 1 0 5 34
01 Brinkley, Janay 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-1 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 13
13 Elie, Icelyn 3-5 0-1 4-6 2-6 8 2 10 0 2 0 1 32
23 March, Lauren 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
44 McFadden, Molly 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0+
TM TEAM 1-3 4 1
  Totals………….. 25-58 6-24 13-23 18-23 41 25 69 15 23 1 13 200
  43.1% 25.0% 56.5%
  Team summary:   FG 3FG FT
  1st Half:   14-31 2-11 3-4
  45.2% 18.2% 75.0%
  2nd Half:   11-27 4-13 10-19
  40.7% 30.8% 52.6%
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total  
Austin Peay 19 44 63 Record: (2-6)
Middle Tennessee 33 36 69 Record: (5-4)

 

Points in the paint-APSU 22,MTSU 30. Points off turnovers-APSU 25,MTSU 28.
2nd chance points-APSU 6,MTSU 13. Fast break points-APSU 0,MTSU 2.
Bench points-APSU 24,MTSU 14. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-APSU 2nd-00:14, MTSU 2nd-03:25.
Largest lead-APSU None, MTSU by 21 1st-03:14.

Officials: Amy Bonner, Rashon Smith, Bill Young

Technical fouls: Austin Peay-None. Middle Tennessee-None.

Attendance: 2742

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