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Clarksville, TN – Junior center Tearra Banks scored 21 points, including 13 in the second half, but Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team could not solve its road woes in a 94-75 Ohio Valley Conference loss to SIU Edwardsville, Wednesday afternoon, at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE (15-11, 10-3 OVC) never trailed in the contest, scoring the game’s first five points to set the tone for the afternoon.
Late in the quarter, sophomore guard Sidney Smith hit a three-pointer on three straight Cougar possessions, pushing the lead to 10 points, 23-13, with 1:03 remaining.
Austin Peay (8-19, 6-8 OVC) kept the deficit from growing larger, trailing by nine at the end of the first, and traded baskets with SIUE for the entire second frame. The Govs trailed by 10 points, 45-35, at halftime.
The Cougars scored the first five points of the third, including another Smith three pointer, to push its lead to 15 points, 50-35, at the 7:56 mark. Austin Peay’s offense then started finding its mark, particularly when Banks scored on three straight possessions, but the Govs could not get the defensive stop they needed and were unable to trim their deficit the game’s remainder.
Banks 21-point outing came on 10-of-16 shooting. The junior center made just 1-of-7 from the floor in the first quarter but made each of her final nine shots. Junior forward Beth Rates chipped in 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Senior guard Tiasha Gray notched her 11th career double-double with a 12-point, 10-assist performance. It was her 35th consecutive double-digit scoring effort.
Senior guard Shronda Butts led SIUE with a game-high 30 points and added 10 assists for her own double-double. Smith added a career-high 24 points, setting the SIUE record with eight three-pointers made in the game.
Austin Peay returns to Clarksville for a 4:00pm, Saturday OVC contest against Murray State. The first game of a two-game, season-ending homestand.
Austin Peay (8-15/4-8 OVC) 75, SIU Edwardsville (15-11/10-3 OVC) 94
Austin Peay 75
SIU Edwardsville 94