Eastern Illinois Panthers vs. Austin Peay Lady Govs
Monday, February 17th, 2014 | 7:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dunn Center (7,257)
Clarksville, TN – A win against Eastern Illinois, 7:00pm, Monday, at the Dunn Center would go a long way toward Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team’s aspirations of an OVC Tournament berth.
After seeing their losing streak reach three games when the Lady Govs fell to SIU Edwardsville, 81-65, Saturday, Austin Peay could have fallen behind EIU and into third place in the OVC West and eighth overall in the OVC standings; however, Murray State defeated the Panthers, 83-74, to keep some distance between the Lady Govs and their Monday opponent.
The Panthers have lost six of nine since starting the OVC slate with a 2-1 mark. While Sabina Oroszova averages a double-double (17.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg overall this season) and Katlyn Payne is one of the OVC’s premiere three-point shooters (41.2 percent from deep, third in the conference), the Panthers have otherwise struggled offensively, averaging an OVC-worst 63.4 points per contest this season.
The last time these squads met, Austin Peay snapped a three-game losing streak to the Panthers, posting a 64-56 win in Charleston for their first victory at Lantz Arena since 2007, snapping a six-game losing streak.
Four Lady Govs found their way into double figures, led by Tiasha Gray with 15 points. Jordyne Crunk led EIU with 15 points, while Oroszova was limited to 5 points but posted an impressive 14 rebounds, the fourth-highest total by an opponent this season.
Austin Peay Lady Govs
The Lady Govs are 4-3 on the road in OVC play this season while posting a 2-4 mark at home. Four APSU players are averaging 10 or more points in conference play, with sophomore Tiasha Gray’s 14.5 mark leading the squad.
Five APSU players have recorded a double-double this season, sophomore Jennifer Nwokocha leading APSU with five double-doubles.
Austin Peay has snapped a pair of 10-game losing streaks during the season – a 10-game overall losing streak was stopped with a win at Morehead State, January 13th, and a 10-game home OVC losing streak was ended with a January 25th win against Tennessee Tech.
Austin Peay’s non-conference strength of schedule (.545 win percentage) ranks 59th according to WBBState.com.
Eastern Illinois Panthers
The Panthers are 5-7 in conference play, ranking third in the OVC West Division. They come in after losing to Murray State, Saturday, just the Racers second OVC victory this season.
Sabina Oroszova is the only player in the OVC averaging a double-double in conference play at 16.5 ppg (8th) and 11.2 rpg (1st). Jordyne Crunk ranks second in the OVC in assists at 5.3 per game.
An Austin Peay Win Would
Snap a three-game losing streak… Give it two straight wins against Eastern Illinois for the first time since 2009… Make it 4-4 against the West Division… Make it 5-8 overall and 3-4 in OVC action at home this season… Improve Carrie Daniels’ record to 89-155 overall and 59-81 in OVC action… Make the Lady Govs 442-627 overall since 1976-77.
With four games left, Austin Peay is fighting for its OVC Tournament life. The Lady Govs need any combination of two wins or Morehead State losses and three wins or Southeast Missouri losses to lock into a tournament berth for the 2014 edition in Nashville.
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