APSU Sports Information: Austin Peay Basketball
Morehead, KY – A turnover-prone first half effort doomed Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team in a 74-67 loss to Morehead State, Saturday afternoon, in Ohio Valley Conference action at Johnson Arena.
Austin Peay (3-12, 0-2 OVC) trailed by three points, 17-14, with 9:53 remaining before the worst of its offensive woes hit. The Lady Govs would go the next 5:32 without scoring, missing four shots and turning the ball over six times on its nine possessions during that span.Morehead State (5-9, 2-0 OVC) took advantage of Austin Peay’s offensive problems, piecing together a 15-0 run to take a 32-14 lead with 4:21 remaining. The Lady Eagles continued to press their momentum the half’s remainder, securing a 20-point, 43-23 halftime advantage.
The Lady Govs committed 16 first-half turnovers and were limited to 23 shot attempts. Morehead State scored 22 points off those giveaways and put up 40 shot attempts.
Austin Peay attempted to turn the tables in the second half, turning to a full-court press late in the half. The increased defensive effort paid off as Morehead State committed 15 second-half turnovers and APSU scored 17 points off those giveaways.
The Lady Govs made their big push with 5:15 remaining in the contest, scoring nine consecutive points. Senior Jasmine Rayner started the run with a layup and Austin Peay stole the ensuing in-bounds pass which led to a conventional three-point play by sophomore Nicole Olszewski. Morehead State couldn’t get out of its own end on its next possession, freshman Shelby Olszewski picking off a pass and passing ahead to junior Meghan Bussabarger who scored the breakaway layup.
Austin Peay would have to wait a little longer to finish the run, Bussabarger scoring on a baseline jumper off a pass from Shelby Olszewski, getting Austin Peay to within eight points, 67-59, with 3:57 left. However, Bussabarger was hurt on the ensuing Morehead State possession and a timeout snafu followed that seemingly sapped the Lady Govs momentum. Austin Peay would get no closer than eight points the game’s remainder.
Senior Whitney Hanley led all scorers with 21 points – her seventh 20-point effort – but was 7-of-22 shooting. Bussabarger recorded her season’s second double-double with a 15-point, 11-rebound effort that included four steals. Rayner scored her season’s first double-double, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Copies in a Flash APSU Player of the Game was Meghan Bussabarger.
Austin Peay concludes its OVC-opening, three-game road trip with a 6:00pm (CT), Monday contest at Eastern Kentucky.
Austin Peay vs Morehead State
12/31/11- 2:45pm at Johnson Arena | Morehead, KY
Austin Peay 67
Morehead State 74
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|Austin Peay||23||44||67||Record: (3-12/0-2 OVC)|
|Morehead State||43||31||74||Record: (5-9/2-0 OVC)|
|Points in the paint-APSU 38,MOR 34. Points off turnovers-APSU 27,MOR 24.|
|2nd chance points-APSU 14,MOR 16. Fast break points-APSU 6,MOR 6.|
|Bench points-APSU 17,MOR 11. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-1 time.|
|Last FG-APSU 2nd-00:23, MOR 2nd-09:37.|
|Largest lead-APSU by 2 1st-19:25, MOR by 22 1st-02:11.|
|Officials: Bruce Morris, Josh Howell, Suzanne ByrdTechnical fouls: Austin Peay-None. Morehead State-None.