Austin Peay Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Junior center Tearra Banks scored 18 points off the bench to help David Midlick post his first win as Austin Peay State University women’s basketball head coach with a 74-55 victory against Christian Brothers, Saturday night at the Dunn Center.Less than 24 hours after a draining season-opener against California, Austin Peay (1-1) was back on the court and the fatigue showed as they had two turnovers and two missed shots in their first five possessions and trailed 4-2 until senior Tiasha Gray‘s three-pointer with6:14 left.
The Lady Govs needed a little more than five minutes to get their legs under them. Banks scored five straight points to start a 10-point APSU run for a 17-7 lead with 1:04 left in the first.
Christian Brothers (0-1) could not halt the Lady Govs in the second half, APSU winning the quarter by an impressive 22-8 margin. A quick 8-0 APSU run featured three-pointers by redshirt freshman Falon Baker and freshman J’Nayah Hall and pushed the lead to 20 points for the first time, 33-12, with 4:37 left in the half. Austin Peay would take a 22-point, 39-17 lead into halftime.
Austin Peay opened the lead up to 26 points early in the third quarter after a Gray three-pointer and a Banks free throw. Christian Brothers would get back within 17 points with 1:06 left but had to settle for a 20-point deficit headed into the final frame.
Gray scored her final points at the 7:37 mark of the fourth and went to the bench for the game’s remainder. Austin Peay would maintain its lead the rest of the way to secure the win.
Banks led Austin Peay with 18 points in just 15 minutes off the bench. She made 7-of-10 from the floor and was 4-of-7 at the free-throw line. Gray added 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals in a 27-minute outing. Freshman J’Nayah Hall chipped in 12 points.
Courtney Banks led Christian Brothers with 19 points. The Lady Bucs committed 19 turnovers leading to 24 Austin Peay points.
Austin Peay continues its three-game homestand with a 7:00pm, Monday contest against Trevecca.
Head coach David Midlick got his first career win as APSU head coach, leading the Lady Govs to a 74-55 win against CBU.