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APSU Lady Govs Basketball keeps Jacksonville State Gamecocks at bay for 57-54 win

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUJacksonville, AL – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team led by as much as 18 points in the second half but ultimately had to hang on late for a 57-54 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Jacksonville State, Thursday night, at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Austin Peay junior guard Tiasha Gray finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for her second straight double-double. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay junior guard Tiasha Gray finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for her second straight double-double. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (5-10, 2-0 OVC) had a nearly flawless first half performance.

The Lady Govs led the entire half but a 12-2 burst just after the midway point pushed its lead to 17 points, 36-19, with 4:47 left.

Four different APSU players scored in the run, junior Tiasha Gray and freshman Brianne Alexander each scoring four points.

APSU's Tiasha GrayHowever, the Lady Govs would not score over the final 3:21 of the first half. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks could only score four points in that final span, leading APSU an 11-point, 39-28 halftime lead.

The Lady Govs shot 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the floor in the period, including 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from three-point range. Austin Peay also won both the rebounding and defensive battles in the first half. APSU outrebounded JSU 27-11, which helped hold the homestanding Gamecocks to 38.2 percent (13-of-34) shooting in the frame.

APSU's Brianne AlexanderThe second half got off to a slow start with neither team scoring until Gray hit a layup 3:48 into the half. Jacksonville State wouldn’t break through until Miranda Cantrell’s jumper with 5:40 elapsed. Those opening droughts were simply foreshadowing for the half’s remainder.

Gray’s layup was the start of a 9-2 run over nearly three minutes that helped extend its lead to a game-high 18 points, 48-30, 6:29 into the half. But over the final 13:31 Austin Peay went ice cold, converting on just two of its final 18 field-goal attempts.

The cold shooting extended to the free-throw line where Austin Peay missed eight consecutive free throws before sophomore Jacey Scott connected on her second shot with 30 seconds left.

Despite all of Austin Peay’s shooting woes, Jacksonville State could not do much better. The Gamecocks needed nearly 10 minutes of clock time to cut the deficit to single digits on Destany McLin’s jumper with 3:40 left. Austin Peay’s lead was still seven points, 54-50, after Scott’s free throw at the 30-second mark.

JSU’s Candace Morton then converted a traditional three-point play, cutting the APSU lead to four points. The teams then traded free-throw line conversions, Gray hitting two for Austin peay while Destiny James’ two shots at the other end.

APSU's Kristen StainbackJacksonville State finally made it a one possession game when Gray was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing APSU possession and it converted on the in-bounds play, making it a 56-54 APSU lead with six seconds left.

Senior Kristen Stainback was fouled on the next in-bounds play and made the first free throw but not the second, leaving APSU ahead just three points. However, Jacksonville State could not get a clean rebound on the Stainback miss and the Hail Mary attempt hit the front of the rim and away from danger as the horn sounded.

Austin Peay won despite its worst half of any contest this season, scoring just 18 second-half points and making only 18.5 percent (5-of-27) of its shots.

APSU's Jacey ScottJacksonville State made just 21.1 percent (8-of-38) of its shots in the half, scoring 26 points.

Gray finished with her second-straight double-double, posting 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Alexander added her first collegiate double-double – a 13-point, 10-rebound performance.

McLin and Morton paced Jacksonville State with 12 points each. Miranda Cantrell added 10 points.

Austin Peay closes its six-game, 30-day road trip with a 5:30pm, Saturday, OVC contest against Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Box Score

Jacksonville State 54 (10-5, 1-2 OVC) vs Austin Peay 57 (5-10, 2-0 OVC)

Score By Periods 1 2 Total Records
Austin Peay 39 18 57 5-10, 2-0 OVC
Jacksonville State 28 26 54 10-5, 1-2 OVC

 


Austin Peay 57

## Player FGM-FGA 3FGM-3FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK STL MIN
1 Gray, Tiasha 6-20 2-7 4-6 1-10 11 5 18 4 4 0 4 40
11 Alexander, Brianne 6-13 0-0 1-4 1-9 10 1 13 1 0 2 1 30
4 Stainback, Kristen 2-5 1-2 1-4 0-3 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 40
42 Norton, Symantha 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 8
21 Nwokocha, Jennifer 1-5 0-0 0-2 1-1 2 3 2 4 3 0 0 16
25 Banks, Tearra 4-9 0-0 2-2 2-5 7 2 10 0 2 1 0 17
44 Scott, Jacey 0-1 0-1 3-4 0-7 7 1 3 3 1 0 0 24
24 Rates, Beth 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 4 4 2 1 2 0 0 22
0 TEAM 0-0 0-0 0-0 5-5 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Gooch, Sydney 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
3 Rivers, April 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+
Totals 21-58 4-11 11-22 12-43 55 18 57 13 14 3 5 200
Percentages 36.2% 36.4% 50.0%

 

Jacksonville State 54

## Player FGM-FGA FGM3-FGA3 FTM-FTA OFF-DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK STL MIN
04 Morton, Candace 3-12 0-3 6-7 1-2 3 3 12 1 0 1 2 33
22 McLin, Destany 6-17 0-1 0-0 0-9 9 1 12 1 2 1 1 31
42 Cantrell, Miranda 5-13 0-0 0-1 0-3 3 3 10 1 0 0 0 28
14 James, Destiny 1-5 0-2 4-4 1-2 3 2 6 4 1 0 0 26
11 Strain, Courtney 1-10 0-5 0-0 2-2 4 2 2 1 0 0 3 27
03 Naughton, Kelly 2-3 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 13
32 Phelion, Tyler 2-5 0-0 0-0 2-10 12 3 4 1 0 1 1 22
24 Morrison, Gretchen 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 6
02 Benson, Briana 0-3 0-3 0-0 1-0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 7
TM TEAM 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Strain, Leah 0-3 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Totals 21-72 2-18 10-12 9-32 41 17 54 9 5 3 7 200
Percentages 29.2% 11.1% 83.3%

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