Austin Peay Lady Govs at Wichita State Winter Classic
Wichita, KS | Koch Arena (10,506)
Clarksville, TN – The weekend before Christmas will find the Austin Peay women’s basketball team on the road at the Wichita State Winter Classic. The Lady Govs will face host Wichita State in a 2:30pm, Saturday contest before meeting Omaha in a noon, Sunday affair.December hasn’t been kind to the Lady Govs who have opened the month with four straight losses, including Wednesday’s loss to Chattanooga in 2013’s final home game.
Austin Peay’s defense has struggled against the month’s tougher schedule – the four opponents have a combined 33-12 record – allowing opponents to shoot 47 percent, including Chattanooga’s 63 percent effort, Wednesday.
Sophomore Tiasha Gray scored 27 points in the loss to Chattanooga and took over the month’s scoring lead at 50 points (12.5 ppg). Junior Kristen Stainback has been the Lady Govs most consistent performer during the month, averaging 11.3 points and shooting 42.2 percent from the floor.
Wichita State has posted a 7-2 start, including six straight wins. The Shockers own wins against OVC member Southeast Missouri (67-46, November 20th) and Arkansas State (66-47, December 12th), a common opponent with APSU.
Junior guard Alex Harden and senior forward Michelle Price provide WSU’s one-two punch. Harden leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg) while Price leads the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and is second in scoring (13.4 ppg). Wichita State’s defense is ranked 15th nationally, limiting opponents to 55.2 points per game.
Austin Peay brings a four-game losing streak into this weekend’s tournament, its longest losing streak this season. Sophomore guard Tiasha Gray leads the Lady Govs in scoring (16.0 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg) and her 4.7 rebounds per game ranks second on the team this season. Six different Lady Govs have led the team in scoring during the season, junior Kristen Stainback becoming the latest to join the group with her 14-point performance at Louisville. Gray has led the Lady Govs in scoring six times this season and APSU is 2-4 in those games.