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Austin Peay Lady Govs Basketball unable to pull off second-half comeback, fall to Tennessee State 82-77
APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Basketball
Clarksville, TN – After dropping four consecutive games, the Austin Peay Lady Govs entered Saturday night’s matchup against the Tennessee State Lady Tigers desperately seeking a win to prove to the rest of the conference that they still had a pulse.
And, and after overcoming a 12-point second-half deficit, the Lady Govs proved they are still very much alive.Unfortunately for the Lady Govs, the Lady Tigers came up with clutch shots down the stretch and got stops when they needed them to hang on for a 82-77 victory.
Playing without injured forward Meghan Bussabarger, who missed her fourth consecutive game with a concussion, the Lady Govs (5-17, 2-7 OVC) hung tough on the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Lady Tigers 23-14.
After enjoying that halftime rebounding margin, however, the Lady Govs were were on the wrong end of a 30-17 rebounding tally in the second half which ultimately cost them against their instrastate rivals.
“I was proud of the way our team fought down the stretch tonight,” Lady Govs head coach Carrie Daniels said. “But give credit to Tennessee State. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and they made us pay.”
Kaitlyn Hill led the way down low for the Lady Govs, recording her second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“I didn’t necessarily come down the court looking to score the basketball,” Hanley said. “I tried to make the best decision. If I had an open lane or shot, I took it.”
Facing another second-half double-digit deficit, the Lady Govs put together a scrappy comeback in the game’s final 15 minutes thanks to strong rebounding and solid defense.
In the end, however, a balanced scoring effort from the Lady Tigers proved too much.
TSU finished with five players in double figures – led by 17 points from Kesi Hess, the last of which came at the free throw line to preserve the win for the Lady Tigers (8-13, 4-5).
Shuler, who starred at Kenwood, finished with 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
Shuler’s big night was especially tough to swallow, Daniels said, because the Lady Govs never recruited her.
“We never really recruited her in high school,” Daniels said. “Obviously we kind of wish we had right now because she’s playing so well at TSU. She really had a big game.”
Allen, meanwhile, played her prep career at Northeast and scored five points in Saturday’s win.
Jasmine Rayner added 13 points and Shelby Olszewski scored 10 in the loss for the Lady Govs, who dropped their third consecutive home contest and fell a game behind the Lady Tigers for ninth place in the OVC.
The loss also marked the first time the Lady Govs were swept by TSU in the regular season since the 2008-2009 season.
“We were so close to getting over the hump in this one tonight,” Hanley said.
And when asked if there was a recipe for a victory when the team travels to Southeast Missouri on Monday, Hanley said the answer was simple.
“We’ve just got to play harder, try harder and execute better.
Tennessee State vs Austin Peay
Tennessee State 82
Austin Peay 77
Wade Neely comes to Clarksville after beginning his sports media career in March 2010 as the Sports Director at WKSR AM-FM in Pulaski, Tenn. During his time at WKSR, Neely created, produced and hosted “The Wade Neely Morning Show”, Pulaski’s only live and local wakeup program on WKSR-AM. Neely also served as the “Voice of the Bobcats”, providing play-by-play for all Giles County football, basketball and select baseball contests.
Neely also served as Director of Broadcasting at Martin Methodist College beginning in January 2011, providing play-by-play for all RedHawks home contests as well as the team’s trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City.
Originally from Pulaski, Neely earned his B.S. in Electronic Media Communication from Middle Tennessee State University’s famed College of Mass Communications. Neely also minored in Economics during undergraduate career.
Web Site: http://www.twitter.com/WadeNeely
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