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APSU Lady Govs Basketball roars from behind for 81-71 win over Eastern Kentucky

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSURichmond, KY – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team overcame a 16-point deficit to down Eastern Kentucky, 81-71, in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams, Saturday, at McBrayer Arena.

Austin Peay senior guard Kristen Stainback had a season best 26 points including 6 of 9 three pointers against Eastern Kentucky. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay senior guard Kristen Stainback had a season best 26 points including 6 of 9 three pointers against Eastern Kentucky. (APSU Sports Information)

Things looked bleak for Austin Peay (4-10, 1-0 OVC) early in the second half.

Eastern Kentucky scored on each of its first six possessions and opened up a 16-point, 52-36, lead after Michaela Hunter’s jumper at the 16:58 mark.

Senior guard Kristen Stainback halted the run with a three-pointer on Austin Peay’s next possession.

APSU's Tearra BanksHowever, Eastern Kentucky still held a 12-point, 57-45, lead with 13:21 left sophomore center Tearra Banks hit a layup to spark a 14-2 game-tying run over the next eight minutes. Five different APSU players scored during the run, freshman Brianne Alexander tying the game with a free-throw with 5:40 left.

Junior Tiasha Gray followed with two more free throws, giving APSU its first lead of the half. Later, Stainback would hit three pointers on back-to-back possessions to extend the APSU lead to 10 points, 71-61, with 2:31 remaining.

APSU's Tiasha GrayEastern Kentucky(5-6, 0-1 OVC) scored six straight points, converting on a pair of Austin Peay turnovers, to trim the Austin Peay lead to four points in just 39 seconds. The Lady Govs steadied themselves and closed the game with an 8-1 run to set the final margin.

Austin Peay scored the game’s first points and held a lead for more than nine minutes in the first half. Nwokocha pushed the APSU lead to five points, 9-4, 3:47 into the game. Eastern Kentucky took the lead on a Hunter tip-in at the 12:33 mark and used a 7-0 run to push its lead to six points three minutes later.

Hunter would close the first half with back-to-back baskets by Hunter to secure an eight-point, 40-32, halftime lead.

Stainback finished with a season-best 26 points on an impressive 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) shooting effort, which included a 6-of-9 effort from three-point range. Gray added a 14-point, 11-assist, 4-steal outing.

Banks came off the bench to post a 17-point, 6-rebound performance. Nwokocha added a 14-point, 7-rebound effort.

APSU's Kristen StainbackAustin Peay tied a season high with 22 assists while making 27-of-55 (49.1 percent) of its shots.

Eastern Kentucky’s Hunter led all scorers with 26 points and Shameekia Murray added 22 points.

However, no other Colonels player scored more than eight points.

Austin Peay returns to action when it travels to Jacksonville State for a 5:30pm (CT) OVC contest.

Box Score

Eastern Kentucky 71 (5-6 0-1 OVC) vs Austin Peay 81 (4-10 1-0 OVC)

1 2 Total Records
Austin Peay 32 49 81 4-10 (1-0 OVC)
Eastern Kentucky 40 31 71 5-6 (0-1 OVC)

 


Austin Peay 81

## Player FGM-FGA 3FGM-3FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK STL MIN
4 Stainback, Kristen 9-13 6-9 2-2 2-0 2 2 26 5 5 1 2 40
21 Nwokocha, Jennifer 5-8 0-0 4-4 2-5 7 1 14 2 5 0 1 31
1 Gray, Tiasha 2-10 2-5 8-8 0-5 5 1 14 11 5 0 4 40
11 Alexander, Brianne 2-4 0-0 4-8 0-5 5 3 8 0 2 1 1 16
24 Rates, Beth 1-6 0-1 0-0 2-2 4 2 2 1 2 2 2 22
25 Banks, Tearra 8-13 0-0 1-4 1-5 6 3 17 1 2 0 0 19
23 Gooch, Sydney 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 3
42 Norton, Symantha 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 8
0 TEAM 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Scott, Jacey 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-4 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 16
12 Rich, Madison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Totals 27-55 8-16 19-26 8-29 37 13 81 22 24 4 11 200
Percentages 49.1% 50.0% 73.1%

 

Eastern Kentucky 71

## Player FGM-FGA FGM3-FGA3 FTM-FTA OFF-DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK STL MIN
05 Hunter, Michaela 12-25 0-6 2-2 2-6 8 1 26 2 6 1 0 34
10 Murray, Shameekia 10-22 2-6 0-0 3-3 6 1 22 0 4 0 3 33
20 Harper, Shelly 2-7 0-0 0-0 2-5 7 1 4 4 0 0 2 28
52 Bowers, Nicole 2-5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 20
01 Stafford, Jasmine 1-4 0-0 1-2 2-3 5 3 3 5 4 0 3 31
21 Henshaw, Jasmine 4-5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 5 8 1 2 0 0 14
24 Maples, Miranda 1-6 1-3 1-2 2-3 5 3 4 2 1 2 0 16
03 Massengill, Mariah 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 2 2 0 1 12
04 Cooper, Alexus 0-3 0-0 0-0 1-0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 6
55 Drake, Cierra 0-0 0-0 0-2 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
TM TEAM 0-0 0-0 0-0 4-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Pippen, Katie 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
Totals 32-79 3-17 4-8 17-23 40 18 71 19 21 3 9 200
Percentages 40.5% 17.6% 50.0%

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