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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs Basketball begins homestand with Southeast Missouri Redhawks Saturday

 

Austin Peay (7-14/4-4) vs. (8-13/1-7) Southeast Missouri

Wednesday, January 31st, 2015 | 4:30pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dunn Center

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay women’s basketball team opens the second half of its Ohio Valley Conference schedule and starts its longest homestand of the 2014-15 slate when it hosts Southeast Missouri in a 4:30pm, Saturday contest at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball plays Southeast Missouri Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

The Lady Govs return home after suffering their first OVC road loss, dropping an 87-67 decision to second-place SIUE, Wednesday.

Austin Peay could not overcome its own miscues as its 18 turnovers were converted into 31 points by the Cougars. Junior Tiasha Gray finished with a 13-point, 10-assist, 6-steal outing to lead the Lady Govs.

The upcoming four-game homestand could prove critical in Austin Peay’s hopes of making March’s OVC Women’s Basketball Championship.

APSU's Tiasha GrayGiven that a 7-9 OVC mark was good enough for the seventh and eighth spots in last year’s standings, Austin Peay is looking to post a winning mark in this homestand.

During the four-game set, the Lady Govs will face two teams behind it in the standings (Southeast Missouri and Murray State) as well as a team it already has defeated this season (Eastern Illinois). However, Austin Peay suffered home losses last season to all four of the teams on the upcoming homestand.

Gray has been Austin Peay’s leader on the court this season, leading the team in scoring (20.3 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), assists (6.0 apg) and steals (3.5 spg). She is the OVC leader and ranks fifth nationally in steals, while ranking second among OVC players in scoring (27th nationally) and assists (19th nationally).

Southeast Missouri Redhawks

Southeast Missouri RedhawksSoutheast Missouri opened its three-game road trip one week ago with a 96-55 loss at league-leading UT Martin. The loss kept the Redhawks winless (0-4) in OVC road games this season. Southeast Missouri posted a promising 7-6 record in nonconference play, including wins at Southern Illinois and Central Arkansas.

However, the Redhawks opened OVC play with five straight losses before downing Tennessee Tech for its lone OVC win to this point.

Senior Jasmine Robinson leads Southeast Missouri with 11.0 points per game (23rd in the OVC). Juniors Connor King (8.7 rpg) and Erin Bollmann (7.6 rpg) provide the Redhawks with much-needed rebounding, ranking fourth and seventh among the league’s rebounders, respectively.

Last Season’s Meetings

Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri split their home-and-home series last season with the road team winning each contest. The Redhawks posted a 75-64 victory, January 4th, in Clarksville only to watch Austin Peay pick off an 87-74 victory in Cape Girardeau, February 3rd.

In the season’s first meeting, Austin Peay shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the floor in the first half and trailed by one-point, 36-35, at the break.

APSU's Beth RatesThe Lady Govs would briefly take the lead in the second half on its second shot of the frame, but then went 9-of-36 (25 percent) the rest of the way.

Southeast Missouri made 11-of-16 from the free-throw line in the final 6:23 to hold on for the win.

Gray led Austin Peay with a 16-point, seven-rebound, six-assist performance. Beth Rates added a 14-point, seven-rebound performance. Jennifer Nwokocha chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds before fouling out.

APSU's Kristen StainbackThe second game was dominated by each team piecing together scoring runs. Austin Peay put together a game-ending 10-4 run over the final 3:41 to secure the 87-74 victory.

Gray scored her game-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. Nwokocha finished with 16 points and eight rebounds while Rates chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.

Kristen Stainback added 15 points thanks to 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range.

The More You Know

An Austin Peay Win Would: End its 2-game home losing streak and level its home record in OVC play (2-2)… Make it 5-4 in OVC play, equalling last season’s 9-game mark… End Southeast Missouri’s 2-game win streak at the Dunn Center… Be its 2nd straight win against Southeast Missouri… Improve Carrie Daniels’ record to 96-171 overall… Move Daniels to 63-88 in OVC play… Make the Lady Govs 449-644 overall since 1976-77.

An Austin Peay Loss Would: Be its 3rd straight home loss, making it 1-3 at home in OVC play… Be its 3rd straight home loss to Southeast Missouri… Make it 4-5 in OVC play, one-game behind last season’s 9-game mark… Drop Daniels’ record to 95-172 overall… Drop Daniels to 62-89 in OVC play… Make the Lady Govs 448-645 overall since 1976-77.

Broadcast Information

Radio • WVRY 105.1 FM
Play-by-Play: David Loos
Analyst: Van Stokes

TV • APSU-TV
Play-by-Play: Charlie Patten
Analyst: Braden Wood

Lady Govs on the Web

Live Video: www.OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Live Audio: www.LetsGoPeay.com/Watch
Live Statistics: www.PeayStats.com

Video – Coach Carrie Daniels


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