Clarksville, TN – Center Tearra Banks notched the first double-double by a freshman since 2007 but it wasn’t enough as Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team dropped a 79-69 decision to Arkansas State, Friday night, at the Dunn Center.Austin Peay (1-2) first had to survive a rough first half during which it faced a 10-point deficit and mounting foul trouble. Arkansas State built its 10-point advantage before the halfway mark of the period on Hanna Qedan’s three-pointer.
The Lady Govs did not allow the lead to grow any larger and slowly chipped away at the deficit.
The Lady Govs finally countered with a half-ending 10-3 run, capped by sophomore Tiasha Gray’s jumper with 32 seconds left to take a 36-35 lead into the break.
Austin Peay continued its burst after the halftime break, using a 14-3 run to build its own 10-point advantage, 49-39, less than six minutes into the frame. Gray scored seven points during the run which junior Kristen Stainback ended with three straight free throws.
Arkansas State (2-0) did not allow that lead to last long, tying the game at the 11:08 mark with 10 straight points. The Lady Govs countered minutes later with six straight points, including a three-pointer by senior Nicole Olszewski, to build a four-point, 61-57 lead with 7:04 left.
However, the Red Wolves responded with a decisive 11-1 run over the next 3:45 and led 68-62 with 3:45 remaining and would not be threatened the rest of the way.
Banks finished with a 14-point, 11-rebound performance that was the first double-double by a Lady Govs freshman since Ashley Herring during the 2007 season. Meanwhile, Gray led the Lady Govs with 19 points on 6-of-21 shooting. Olszewski chipped in 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. Stainback added 11 points.
Jane Morrill led Arkansas State with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Jalen O’Bannon added 13 points.
Austin Peay continues its five-game homestand with a 7:00pm, Monday contest against Trevecca.