Austin Peay Women’s Basketball at Southeast Missouri
Monday, January 30th, 2012 | Tipoff: 7:00pm (CT)
Cape Girardeau, MO | Arena: Show Me Center (7,000)
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay will play the first of four consecutive solo contests when it travels to Southeast Missouri for a 7:00pm, Monday contest at the Show Me Center. It will be a matchup of teams currently ninth (APSU) and 10th (SEMO) in the OVC standings.
Both teams bring five-game losing streaks into Monday’s contests after each lost Saturday outings – Austin Peay 82-77 to Tennessee State while Southeast Missouri fell to UT Martin, 88-47. Austin Peay has won the last six meetings in the series, Southeast Missouri last downing the Lady Govs during the 2007-08 season at the Show Me Center.
The Redhawks currently do not have a player averaging more than 10 points per game – Bailie Roberts leading the squad with 9.8 points per game – and the team is averaging just 50.7 points per contest.
For the third consecutive game, Austin Peay suffered through scoring drought of more than six minutes as Tennessee State used a 16-3 run over the first half’s final 6:20 to take a halftime lead they would not relinquish. The Lady Govs owned a 23-14 halftime rebounding edge but were out-rebounded 30-17 in the second half to lose the overall rebounding battle (44-40) for the eighth time in nine conference games.
It was the Lady Govs second consecutive 40-rebound effort. Austin Peay scored 77 points for the second time this season, four shy of the season-high 81 it scored in its first meeting with Tennessee State. The Tigers 82-point effort was the second 80-plus effort allowed by APSU’s defense in its last three games and the sixth time this season.
Whitney Hanley led all scorers with 30 points, her second career 30-point outing. Hanley scored the Lady Govs final 10 points, beginning with a basket at the 3:02 mark. No other Lady Govs player scored in the final 4:30 after a pair of Jasmine Rayner free throws.
Kaitlyn Hill posted a 10 points and 10 rebounds to become the first Lady Govs player with consecutive double-doubles this season… Four Austin Peay players scored 10 or more points in the contest as Jasmine Rayner (13) and Shelby Olszewski (10) reached double digits.
Austin Peay remained winless (0-5) when four players score 10 or more points in the same game. The Lady Govs blocked a season high seven shots, two games after setting that mark with five blocks at Eastern Illinois.
About Southeast Missouri
Southeast Missouri has lost five straight, including Saturday’s 88-47 loss to second-place UT Martin, following a January 2nd victory against Jacksonville State. Three of the Redhawks four wins this season have come at the Show Me Center, including that win against Jacksonville State and an earlier victory against Arkansas State (November 3rd). Southeast Missouri has struggled to score this season, its 50.7 points per game ranking 322nd out of 336 Division I teams. Four different SEMO players have led the team in scoring this season.
Bailie Roberts, the team’s leading scorer (9.8 ppg), has led the team in scoring nine times, including a season-best 19 points against UT Martin, Saturday… first-year head coach Ty Margenthaler has stuck with his starting lineup for most of the season with five players recording 19 or more starts and only three starts coming from players outside those five.
Fast Break Points
Injury Update: Junior forward Meghan Bussabarger suffered a concussion in a practice prior to the Eastern Kentucky (January 16th) contest and will not be available for either the Tennessee State or Southeast Missouri contests.
Recent injuries forced the Lady Govs to use their 12th different starting lineup combination this season. Those 12 combinations are the most used by a Division I team this season, only Colorado State has put forth at least 10 different lineups this season.
Senior guard Whitney Hanley became the 14th Austin Peay women’s basketball player to reach the 1,000-point plateau with her 21-point performance at Lipscomb, November 14th. Her 1,365 career points is sixth on the Lady Govs all-time scoring list and she needs 78 points to become one of the Lady Govs top five scorers all-time, passing Amanda Behrenbrinker (1,335 points, 1994-98). She is 135 points away from the 1,500-point plateau – a mark only three Lady Govs have reached all-time.
Hanley saw her school-record streak of consecutive made free throws stopped at 25 when she missed her first free throw at Tennessee State, December 29th. She made her final three attempts. She broke the record, previously held by Brooke Armistead (24 consecutive FTM), with a 4-of-4 effort against Alabama A&M, December 21st.
Senior forward Jasmine Rayner became the 15th Lady Govs player to reach the 1,000-point plateau with an eight-point outing against Eastern Kentucky, January 16th. She currently sits 14th on the scoring list, entering Saturday’s game with 1,036 career points. Rayner needs 83 points to move past head coach Carrie Daniels who holds down the 13th spot with 1,118 career points.
Austin Peay returns its four leading scorers from last season’s team: Hanley (12.2 ppg), Rayner (10.5 ppg), junior forward Meghan Bussabarger (8.0 ppg) and sophomore guard Nicole Olszewski (8.0 ppg).
Austin Peay is 47-56 (.456) in regular-season OVC play under Daniels.
The Lady Govs are 23-26 (.469) in January under Daniels.
An Austin Peay Win Would
Make it 3-5 in 2012… end its five-game losing streak… end its two-game road losing streak… be its fourth win away from the Dunn Center this season (4-10)… be its seventh straight win against Southeast Missouri… be its fourth straight win at the Show Me Center… improve Daniels’ record to 69-112 overall, including a 48-56 record in OVC play… make the Lady Govs 421-583 overall since 1976-77.
An Austin Peay Loss Would
Be its sixth consecutive loss… drop it to 2-6 in 2012… be its third straight loss on the road… make it 3-11 away from the Dunn Center in 2011-12… be its first loss to Southeast Missouri since Feb. 20, 2008, ending a six-game win streak… drop Daniels’ record to 68-113 overall, including a 47-57 record in OVC play… make the Lady Govs 420-584 overall since 1976-77.
Last Time Out
Austin Peay Lady Govs vs. Tennessee State
January 28th, 2012
Austin Peay trailed by as many as eight points in the first half. However, the Lady Govs used a 9-0 run to build its largest lead – 27-22 with 6:20 remaining in the first half. The Lady Govs made their charge as Kaitlyn Hill converted a conventional three-point play which Kristen Stainback and Shelby Olszewski followed with three-pointers.
However, as was the case one week ago at Eastern Illinois, the Lady Govs were unable to finish the half strongly. Tennessee State closed the period with a 14-3 run, including five points by Kesi Hess, and led 36-30 at the break. Austin Peay had 14 possessions in the final 6:20 and was 1-of-9 from the floor, 1-of-2 at the free-throw line and committed four turnovers.
Tennessee State quickly built a double-digit lead in the second half. Austin Peay would close within one point, 58-57, with 9:20 remaining courtesy an 11-4 run that lasted 3:14 and was sparked by a Leslie Martinez three pointer and six points from Jasmine Rayner.
But the Tigers responded with the game’s next five points and forced a Lady Govs timeout while leading 63-57 with 7:47 left. Austin Peay would close within a single possession twice more in the next two minutes, but Tennessee State had an answer each time. Jasmin Shuler’s three-pointer with 4:09 left pushed the lead back to two possessions with 4:09 left and Austin Peay would not get closer the game’s remainder.
Hanley led the Lady Govs with 30 points – her second career 30-point effort – and scored APSU’s final 10 points. She was 12-of-22 from the floor, including a 3-of-9 effort from three-point range. Hanley also finished with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Hill recorded her second consecutive double-double with a 10-point, 10-rebound effort that included two blocks and two steals. Rayner added 13 points while Shelby Olszewski added 10 points.
Last Meeting With Southeast Missouri
Austin Peay Lady Govs vs. Southeast Missouri
February 26th, 2011
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay led the game’s final 36 minutes in a regular-season ending 71-51 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Southeast Missouri at the Dunn Center.
Southeast Missouri (8-21, 4-14 OVC) scored the game’s opening basket and held that lead for nearly three minutes until Austin Peay tied the game on junior Jasmine Rayner’s jumper at the 17:13 mark.
Austin Peay (13-17, 12-6) grabbed the lead, 4-2, with senior Brooke Faulkner’s jumper at the 16:00 mark and would not surrender the advantage. The Lady Govs scored 10 consecutive points later in the half – freshman Nicole Olszewski capping the run with a conventional three-point play – to build a 31-18 lead with 3:29 left. APSU would take that 13-point advantage, 39-26, into halftime.
Southeast Missouri could not drop the lead back into single-digits in the second half, narrowing the deficit to 11 points, 52-41, with 9:15 remaining. But Austin Peay scored the next seven points in less than two minutes and was not threatened the game’s remainder.
Sophomore Meghan Bussabarger led Austin Peay with 14 points off the bench. Faulkner and Salem Richardson, both seniors, made the most of Senior Night, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively. Rayner added 12 points and six rebounds.
Brittany Harriel led Southeast Missouri with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Erika Lane chipped in 11 points.
Carrie Daniels Show
Hosted by Brian Rives for the fourth consecutive season, the show will air live on WVRY 105.1 FM and be simulcast over the internet at LetsGoPeay.com.
Austin Peay Lady Govs Host High-Flying Skyhawks
Austin Peay returns home to start a two-game home stand when it hosts second-place UT Martin in a 7:00pm, Wednesday contest. The Skyhawks will provide a formidable challenge as they are scoring a league-best 86.3 points per game in conference action.
UT Martin has been held below 80 points in OVC play once in eight games this season – that a 70-63 loss at league-leading Eastern Illinois. Austin Peay has won its last eight home games against UT Martin, the Skyhawks last win at the Dunn Center coming during the 2001-02 season.