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Strong defensive performance helps APSU Women’s Basketball beat Arkansas State

 

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APSU Women's Basketball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team put up a strong defensive performance in Wednesday’s home contest in the Dunn Center, leading to a 62-55 victory over Arkansas State.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball defeats Arkansas State 62-55 Wednesday night at the Dunn Center. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball defeats Arkansas State 62-55 Wednesday night at the Dunn Center. (APSU Sports Information)

The Governors (2-1) shined in the defensive stat categories, totaling 10 blocks and four steals while also forcing 13 turnovers and holding the Red Wolves (0-2) to 29 percent from the field.

Austin Peay never led by more than four until the 8:07 mark of the fourth period as the Govs went on to outscore ASU 20-12 in the final stanza.

On a balanced scoring night, nine different Governors recorded points, led by junior Bri Williams and redshirt sophomore Falon Baker who had 11 points apiece.

Game Notes

  • Along with her career-high 11 points, Williams played 32 minutes at the point, also adding six rebounds, two assists and went 7-of-10 at the free throw line. All of her trips to the charity stripe occurred in the fourth period as the juniors helped seal the win for the Govs.
  • Nine of Baker’s 11 points came in the opening period, and she also grabbed three rebounds overall.
  • Senior center Tearra Banks recorded 10 points and eight rebounds.
  • Junior forward Beth Rates had another solid multi-category game, finishing with five points, five rebounds and four blocks. She is now six blocks away from tying Sonja Cox for fifth all-time.
  • Freshman guard Nieja Crawford showed impressive defense off the bench late in the game, and also scored five points and hauled in six boards.
  • Austin Peay outrebounded Arkansas State 44-36, helped on by moving Sydney Gooch onto the floor to join Rates and Banks against the lengthy Red Wolves squad.

Up Next

Austin Peay completes its four-game homestand when it takes on Trevecca, 2:00pm, Saturday, in the Dunn Center.

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