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APSU Sports: Austin Peay Basketball
Clarksville, TN – Jacksonville State’s Briana Morrow hit a three-pointer as time expired, handing Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team a 74-73 Ohio Valley Conference loss, Saturday night, at the Dunn Center.
Austin Peay (5-13, 2-3 OVC), which led by 13 points at halftime, saw senior Whitney Hanley score back-to-back baskets to give APSU a two-point, 71-69, lead with 34 seconds remaining. Jacksonville State (4-15, 1-5) got three looks at the basket on their ensuing possession, Danielle Vaughn converting on the third try to tie the game with eight seconds left.Hanley again answered the call for the Lady Govs, driving down the right side of the lane and making an off-balance jumper to give APSU another two-point lead with 6.5 seconds remaining. Jacksonville State attempted to drive the length of the court, but got trapped in their offensive end and called timeout with 1.9 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing in-bounds play, Morrow started in the low post but moved up to the three-point line and received a pass with her back to the basket. She turned and faced the rim as she put the shot up and the shot found nothing but net as the horn sounded.
Austin Peay led by as much as 15 points – 42-27 with 18:54 left – in the second half. The Lady Govs held a 13-point, 53-40 advantage with 14:08 left on a Hanley three-pointer. However, Jacksonville State roared back with a 20-7 run over the next eight minutes, tying the game on a Candace Morton free throw.
The first half was a see-saw affair with the team’s trading the lead six times. Austin Peay scored the half’s final 13 points, including back-to-back three-pointers by Hanley and freshman Kristen Stainback, to take build a 37-24 halftime lead.
The Gamecocks’ last second heroics wiped out a career-outing for Hanley who finished with a career-high 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting, including 5-of-11 from three-point range. It was the fifth-consecutive game – all in OVC play – she has scored more than 20 points.
Junior Leslie Martinez added 12 points off the bench and sophomore Nicole Olszewski chipped in eight points and a career-high seven assists.
Jacksonville State won thanks to a tremendous rebounding performance that saw it post a 52-30 advantage on the glass. That effort translated into 24 second-chance points, including 16 in the second half.
Morton led Jacksonville State with her first career double-double – a 23-point, 15-rebound effort that included seven assists. Morrow, the Gamecocks leading scorer entering the contest, was largely held quiet until the final basket, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Austin Peay Lady Govs vs. Eastern Kentucky
Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky will meet for the second time this season in a 5:15pm, Monday contest. The rematch will come just two weeks following the Lady Govs 66-63 victory in Richmond, January 2nd, that is the Lady Colonels lone OVC loss this season.
Both teams take two-game win streaks into this weekend’s play. Eastern Kentucky will travel to Morehead State, Saturday, before trekking to Austin Peay.
Jacksonville State vs Austin Peay
Jacksonville State 74
Austin Peay 73
TopicsAPSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Basketball, APSU Sports, APSU Women's Basketball, Austin Peay State University, Briana Morrow, Candace Morton, Clarksville TN, Dunn Center, Gamecocks, Jacksonville State, Kristen Stainback, Lady Govs, Leslie Martinez, Nicole Olszewski, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Whitney Hanley
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