Cape Girardeau, MO – Sophomore Tiasha Gray scored 26 points to lead Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team to a fourth consecutive road win with a 87-74 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Southeast Missouri, Monday, at the Show Me Center.
In a game dominated by scoring runs, Austin Peay (9-14, 6-4 OVC) used a 16-4 run over a seven minute span to build a 25-13 lead with 7:43 remaining.
Junior Kristen Stainback and senior Nicole Olszewski each had a three-pointer to start the run. Gray then provided eight points during the burst.
Southeast Missouri (7-15, 3-6 OVC) did not wilt under the Austin Peay run and responded with a 17-4 run of its own. Kara Wright supplied seven points during the run, her free throw with 1:21 giving the Redhawks their first – and ultimately only – lead of the contest, 32-31.
The Lady Govs charged back with the first half’s final four points – two each from Gray and sophomore Jennifer Nwokocha – and took a 35-31 lead into halftime. Austin Peay then charged out of the gate in the second half with a 12-4 run to build a 12-point lead for the second time in the contest, 47-35, just 3:02 into the frame.
After Southeast Missouri hit back-to-back baskets, Austin Peay pushed its advantage with another 15-0 run. Freshman Beth Rates chipped in four points while Gray supplied six points during the run, including a jumper at the 12:41 mark to close the run with APSU leading 62-39.
Still, the Redhawks did not fade away and countered with an 11-0 run of their own later in the half. Connor King had four points but it was Allyson Bradshaw’s three-pointer with 7:38 left that cut the APSU lead to seven points, 66-59.
Southeast Missouri would close within six points on Patricia Mack’s three-pointer at the 4:37 mark, but they would get no closer. Austin Peay closed the contest with a 10-4 run over the final 3:41 to secure the win.
Gray scored her game-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Mack led Southeast Missouri with a 22-point, 10-rebound performance. Bradshaw posted 14 points while Kara Wright added 10 points off the bench.
Austin Peay continues its three-game OVC road trip with a 5:30pm, Saturday contest at Tennessee State.
Austin Peay Lady Govs vs Southeast Missouri Redhawks
Monday, January 3rd, 2012 | 6:30pm CT
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center
Austin Peay 87
Southeast Missouri 74
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|Austin Peay||35||52||87||Record: (9-14, 6-4 OVC)|
|Southeast Missouri||32||42||74||Record: (7-15, 3-6 OVC)|
|Points in the paint-APSU 32,SEMO 24.Points off turnovers-APSU 23,SEMO 19.|
|2nd chance points-APSU 13,SEMO 29.Fast break points-APSU 0,SEMO 0.|
|Bench points-APSU 36,SEMO 23.Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-2 times.|
|Last FG-APSU 2nd-00:30, SEMO 2nd-01:18.|
|Largest lead-APSU by 23 2nd-12:41, SEMO by 1 1st-01:21.|
| Officials: Charles Carroll, Doug Klenc, Jennyfer ImanuelTechnical fouls: Austin Peay-None. Southeast Missouri-None.