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Austin Peay Lady Govs Basketball fades late to lose to Murray State Racers 77-72

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Basketball

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team could not hold on to a double-digit second half lead, dropping a 77-72 decision to Murray State, Saturday, in Ohio Valley Conference action at the Dunn Center.

Tiasha Gray of the APSU Lady Gov's drives the ball up against a tough Murray State Racer Defense
Tiasha Gray of the APSU Lady Gov’s drives the ball up against a tough Murray State Racer Defense

Austin Peay (5-10, 0-3 OVC) built an 11-point, 52-41, lead in the second half courtesy nine consecutive points. Junior Nicole Olszewski and senior Meghan Bussabarger each hit three-pointers and freshman Tiasha Gray followed with a conventional three-point play in the burst.

Murray State (9-6, 2-2 OVC) erased that lead with a 19-8 run over the next four minutes, capped by Tessa Elkins’ layup and three pointer in a 40-second span, tying the game 60-60 with 6:25 left.

Meghan BussabargerThe Lady Govs built another five-point lead, 66-61 with 4:46 left, but wasted several opportunities to either expand that lead of maintain that lead down the stretch. In the final stretch, Austin Peay converted only 2-of-9 shots, including two missed fast break layups.

Murray State had no trouble with its offense, closing the game with a 16-6 run over the final 3:54. The Racers made only 3-of-5 field goals in the closing stretch but converted on 10 of its 12 free throws and outrebounded APSU 12-2 to secure the win.

The two squads traded scoring runs in the first half, Murray State opening the game with a 14-4 run in the opening 12:08 as Austin Peay was a cold 2-of-12 from the floor. The Lady Govs offense warmed up over the next eight minutes, composing a 23-6 run to build a 27-20 lead with 4:12 left. However, the Racers closed the half with an 11-4 run and the two teams went to the break tied 31-31.

Kristen StainbackBussabarger led Austin Peay with 14 points. Sophomore Kristen Stainback (12), freshman Alexis Hardaway (11) and Nicole Olszewski (10) also reached double-digit scoring territory. Senior Leslie Martinez finished with nine points and 10 rebounds while Gray played a career-high 33 minutes and ended the night with nine points, four steals and three assists.

Erika Sisk led Murray State with 15 points and six assists. Elkins added an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double effort. Keiona Kirby (14) and Jessica Winfrey (12) broke through to double-digit scoring territory.

Austin Peay will seek an end to its OVC-opening three-game losing streak when it meets Morehead State in a 7:00pm, Monday contest at the Dunn Center.

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Box Score

Murray State vs Austin Peay
1/12/13 5:15pm at Clarksville, TN. (Dunn Center)

Murray State 77

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
05 WINFREY, Jessica f 3-5 0-0 6-6 3-3 6 3 12 0 3 2 0 24
21 DIRKS, Kelsey f 3-6 0-0 3-4 2-2 4 4 9 0 0 1 0 18
01 ELKINS, Tessa g 3-8 1-3 4-4 1-9 10 2 11 1 3 0 3 33
03 SISK, Erika g 4-9 1-2 6-13 0-2 2 3 15 6 6 1 1 31
20 ROBINSON, Mariah g 3-11 1-7 2-2 0-5 5 4 9 0 2 0 2 33
11 BURGESS, Erica 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2
12 MCBEAN, Ashleigh 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
13 KIRBY, Keiona 4-6 1-3 5-5 2-1 3 0 14 3 1 0 0 21
23 LIKE, Alyssa 1-3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
31 BABIC, Bianca 1-5 1-4 0-0 0-2 2 0 3 0 2 0 1 12
33 SOLDO, Christy 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
35 HOLDER, Jessica 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
TM TEAM 2-6 8 1
Totals………….. 23-55 5-21 26-34 10-35 45 18 77 11 19 4 7 200
41.8% 23.8% 76.5%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 13-33 3-15 2-5
39.4% 20.0% 40.0%
2nd Half: 10-22 2-6 24-29
45.5% 33.3% 82.8%

Austin Peay 72

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
32 HARDAWAY, Alexis f 5-9 0-0 1-5 3-4 7 4 11 0 3 0 0 22
43 BUSSABARGER, Meghan f 5-14 3-3 1-3 2-1 3 4 14 1 2 0 1 31
04 STAINBACK, Kristen g 4-13 2-7 2-2 2-0 2 3 12 0 1 0 1 29
05 OLSZEWSKI, Nicole g 4-9 2-6 0-0 0-5 5 3 10 2 1 2 2 40
14 MARTINEZ, Leslie g 4-10 1-2 0-0 2-8 10 4 9 2 3 1 0 34
01 GRAY, Tiasha 3-11 0-4 3-4 0-2 2 5 9 3 5 0 4 33
21 NWOKOCHA, Jennifer 3-6 0-0 1-1 2-1 3 2 7 3 1 0 0 11
TM TEAM 2-3 5
Totals………….. 28-72 8-22 8-15 13-24 37 25 72 11 16 3 8 200
38.9% 36.4% 53.3%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 13-37 2-10 3-6
35.1% 20.0% 50.0%
2nd Half: 15-35 6-12 5-9
42.9% 50.0% 55.6%

 

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Murray State 31 46 77 Record: (9-6 (2-2))
Austin Peay 31 41 72 Record: (5-10 (0-3))

 

Points in the paint-MUR 22,APSU 26. Points off turnovers-MUR 15,APSU 21.
2nd chance points-MUR 10,APSU 17. Fast break points-MUR 6,APSU 8.
Bench points-MUR 21,APSU 16. Score tied-5 times. Lead changed-6 times.
Last FG-MUR 2nd-01:00, APSU 2nd-00:04.
Largest lead-MUR by 10 1st-12:08, APSU by 11 2nd-11:38.
Officials: Tim Buckner, Tim Godbee, Howard Hall
Technical fouls: Murray State-None. Austin Peay-None.
Attendance: 1342
Copies in a Flash Player of the Game: Leslie Martinez
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