Austin Peay (6-11 / 3-1) vs. Tennessee State (6-9 / 3-1)
Saturday, January 17th, 2014 | 4:30pm CT
Clarksville, TN | APSU Dunn Center
Clarksville, TN – After successfully opening the home portion of its Ohio Valley Conference schedule, Austin Peay women’s basketball team continues its three-game homestand when it hosts Tennessee State in a 4:30pm, Saturday contest.
It also gave APSU its best OVC start since the 2010-11 season when it started 3-1 en route to a 12-6 OVC record that season.
Defense and rebounding have been the Lady Govs two pitfalls throughout the 2014-15 season and they won both battles in Thursday’s victory. Austin Peay eked out a 45-44 edge in rebounding as center Tearra Banks grabbed nine rebounds and guards Kristen Stainback and Jacey Scott both hit the boards for six rebounds each.
In addition, the Lady Govs held Belmont to 31.3 percent shooting, the seventh time they have held an opponent under 40 percent shooting this season.
Austin Peay will face a Tennessee State squad that handed it a devastating 96-61 loss last season – the Lady Govs worst loss in 21 years. In retrospect, that loss sent the 2013-14 season into a tailspin as the first loss of a season-ending six-game losing streak that dropped APSU out of the league’s tournament field.
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
Tennessee State is off to a 3-1 start in league play after a 76-72 victory at Murray State, Thursday. The Lady Tigers opened league play with wins against Southeast Missouri and Eastern Illinois before falling at SIU Edwardsville one week ago.
Tennessee State poses a formidable problem defensively, where it leads the OVC in steals (10.7 pg) and three-point field goal defense (26.1 percent).
However, the Lady Tigers present a different problem at the offensive end of the court, where they are averaging a league-best 16.3 offensive rebounds per game.
Hudson is third in offensive rebounds (3.3 pg) and ranks ninth in rebounding average (7.1 rpg). Thanks to those high offensive rebound totals, Hudson ranks seventh among league scorers (14.3 ppg) and 11th in field-goal percentage (44.8 percent).
Last Season’s Meeting
Austin Peay ran into a hot-shooting Tennessee State squad and suffered a 96-61 Ohio Valley Conference loss, last season, at the Gentry Center. Austin Peay saw its four-game road winning streak halted by a Tennessee State squad that shot 53.6 percent from the floor – its second best shooting performance of the season.
The Lady Govs shot 40 percent from the floor, but saw their 23 turnovers converted into 25 TSU points. Tennessee State scored the game’s first eight points and ultimately led wire-to-wire. Jennifer Nwokocha posted a 15-point, eight-rebound, four-steal performance to lead Austin Peay in all three categories. Nicole Olszewski added 13 points. Tennessee State’s Jayda Johnson led all scorers with 17 points off the bench. Rachel Allen added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Chelsea Hudson and Alana Morris each added 14 points.
The More You Know
An Austin Peay Win Would: End a four-game losing streak against Tennessee State (last win February 12th, 2011 in Clarksville)… Give it back-to-back home wins for the second time this season… Make it 4-1 to start OVC play for the first time since the 2003-04 season (ended 14-2 that season)… Improve Daniels’ record to 95-168 overall… Move Daniels to 62-85 in OVC play… Make the Lady Govs 448-641 overall since 1976-77.
An Austin Peay Loss Would: Be its fifth-straight loss to Tennessee State and third straight loss to TSU in Clarksville… Drop it to 3-2 in OVC play, matching the 2010-11 team’s start (finished 12-6 that season)… Drop Daniels’ record to 94-169 overall… Drop Daniels to 61-86 in OVC play… Make the Lady Govs 447-642 overall since 1976-77.
Radio • Governors Sports Network
Play-by-Play: David Loos
Analyst: Van Stokes
TV • APSU-TV
Play-by-Play: Ethan Schmidt
Analyst: Charlie Patten