Austin Peay (1-5) at Memphis (2-4)
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | 8:00pm CST
Memphis, TN | Elma Roane Fieldhouse
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay women’s basketball team ends its first extended road trip of the 2014-15 campaign when it meets Memphis in an 8:00pm, Tuesday contest at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
The Lady Govs enter Tuesday’s contest still seeking their season’s first win away from the Dunn Center.
Austin Peay returned home winless from the Southern Miss Thanksgiving Invitational, last weekend.
APSU dropped a nine-point, 80-71, decision to host Southern Miss before falling to Oral Roberts, 73-60.
The losses extended Austin Peay’s losing streak away from the Dunn Center to seven games.
Junior guard Tiasha Gray was named to the Southern Miss all-tournament team after posting consecutive 20-point outings and setting a school record with eight steals against Oral Roberts. Senior guard Kristen Stainback averaged 15 points in the two contests as she shot 54.5 percent from the floor, including 75 percent (9-of-12) inside the three-point arc. Sophomore Tearra Banks averaged 14 points and 5.5 rebounds during the trip.
That trio leads Austin Peay in scoring after four games – Gray with 19.2 points per game, Banks at 16.6 and Stainback at 13.7 per game. Gray also ranks fourth nationally with 27 steals in six games (4.5 steals per game).
APSU returns four starters among 10 letterwinners from last season’s squad. That group includes the Lady Govs top five in both scoring and rebounding. Despite the large number of returnees, the projected APSU starting five includes one senior, one junior and three sophomores – still a relatively young squad.
Last Time Out
Oral Roberts 73, Austin Peay 60
Junior Tiasha Gray led Austin Peay with a 20-point, 8-steal, 7-assist outing and was named APSU’s Player of the Game.
It also was Gray’s second consecutive 20-point outing and second straight game with five or more steals.
Senior guard Kristen Stainback added 16 points and was 6-of-10 from the floor, including a perfect 5-of-5 from inside the three-point arc.
Austin Peay committed a season-low 7 turnovers while forcing a season-best 21 turnovers from Oral Roberts. The Lady Govs secured a 25-7 advantage in points off turnovers.
Memphis was picked to finish sixth in the 11-team American Athletic Conference’s preseason poll. Junior guard Ariel Hearn was named to The American preseason all-conference squad and leads Memphis in scoring (18.5 ppg) this season, including 28 points against Minnesota, November 23rd.
Redshirt sophomore guard Mooriah Rowser has been Memphis’ leading scorer in three of its first six games, but was held to a season-low 7 points against UALR, Saturday. Memphis is 2-2 at home this season, opening with wins against Missouri State and Samford before dropping meetings with Minnesota and UALR.
Former Austin Peay assistant coach David Midlick is now the Associate Head Coach at Memphis.
An Austin Peay Win Would
Be its second-straight win against Memphis… End its seven-game losing streak away from the Dunn Center… Give head coach Carrie Daniels a win in her first-ever meeting against Memphis… Improve Daniels’ record to 90-162 overall… Make the Lady Govs 443-635 overall since 1976-77.
An Austin Peay Loss Would
Be its eighth-straight loss away from the Dunn Center… Extend its losing streak in road nonconference tilts to nine games… Make it 1-7 against Memphis all-time… Drop Daniels’ record to 89-163 overall… Make the Lady Govs 442-636 overall since 1976-77.
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Brescia | Saturday
Austin Peay begins a three-game homestand when it hosts Brescia in a 2:00pm, Saturday contest at the Dunn Center. It will be the Lady Govs first-ever meeting against the Bearcats, a NAIA program located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Brescia enters this week with a 3-6 record after defeating Cincinnati-Clermont, Sunday.
The Bearcats fell to Morehead State, 98-69, in an exhibition contest, November 24th.