Edwardsville, IL – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team built its largest lead of the campaign and then held on for a 77-67 Ohio Valley Conference victory against SIU Edwardsville, Monday night, at the Vadalabene Center.The win was Austin Peay’s (6-13, 3-3 OVC) third straight win in conference play and on the road. It is the Lady Govs longest road win streak since the 2005-06 season.
The Lady Govs put together one of their finest halves of the season and built a 20-point, 42-22, halftime advantage.
Austin Peay then opened the second half with an 11-4 run to build its largest lead of the season – a 27-point, 53-26, advantage with 16:32 remaining.
SIUE (5-14, 2-5 OVC) began chipping away at that deficit, first with an 11-2 run over the game’s next four minutes that cut the deficit to 18 points, 55-37. Austin Peay pushed the lead back to 21 points thanks to junior Kristen Stainback’s three-pointer at the 10:50 mark.
The Cougars then cut the deficit to 13 points with a 14-6 run over the next five minutes, leaving APSU with a 70-57 lead. Sophomore Tiasha Gray hit a three-pointer at the 5:26 mark to give the Lady Govs a brief respite. However, it would be Austin Peay’s final field goal of the contest.
Austin Peay would go 0-for-4 from the floor in the final five minutes and converted 4-of-7 from the free-throw line. However, SIUE could not make inroads into the deficit as it made just 2-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-9 from the free-throw line. The result was a 10-4 SIUE game-ending run that could not close the deficit.
The Lady Govs opened the game with an impressive first-half performance. Austin Peay forced SIUE to commit 17 turnovers thanks to a 12-steal performance that tied APSU’s single-season best.
Sophomore Tiasha Gray came off the bench and for the third-straight game led APSU, scoring 20 points at SIUE with four assists and four steals. Freshman Tearra Banks added a career-high 19 points to APSU’s winning performance.
Tierny Austin posted a 21-point, 11-rebound performance to pace SIUE. Off the bench, Jessie Wendt and Raven Warford supplied 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Austin Peay returns home and will seek to end a 10-game OVC home losing streak when it hosts Tennessee Tech in a 3:00pm, Saturday contest.
Austin Peay Lady Govs vs. SIU Edwardsville
Monday, January 20th, 2014 | 7:00pm
Edwardsville, IL | Vadalabene Center
Austin Peay 77
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|Austin Peay||42||35||77||Record: (6-13, 3-3 OVC)|
|SIUE||22||45||67||Record: (5-14, 2-5 OVC)|
|Points in the paint-APSU 42,SIUE 40.Points off turnovers-APSU 26,SIUE 13.|
|2nd chance points-APSU 10,SIUE 21.Fast break points-APSU 10,SIUE 4.|
|Bench points-APSU 39,SIUE 23. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-1 time.|
|Last FG-APSU 2nd-05:26, SIUE 2nd-01:57.|
|Largest lead-APSU by 27 2nd-17:13, SIUE by 2 1st-19:02.|
| Officials: Jeff Cross, Erika Herriman, Jason SchmitzTechnical fouls: Austin Peay-None. SIUE-None.