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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s women’s basketball went 3-1 in its season-opening homestand, its best start to a season since 2002 when they went 27-4 overall, but despite the solid beginning to the campaign an early report card has a few mixed returns.
While the overall grade would have to be a C+ so far, several areas still need some extra work before Ohio Valley Conference play begins on December 29th versus Morehead State.
Post Play offense: (B)
Add in junior Brianne Alexander’s 11.3 (ppg) and 52.9 percent field goal percentage and the Govs are getting an average of 21.8 points per game from its two main post players and a field goal percentage of just under 58 percent.
Perimeter shooting: (D)
Austin Peay has only managed to hit on 25.3 percent of its shots from behind the three-point arc (21-83) and if you take away sophomore guard Keisha Gregory’s 5 of 12 shooting, the Govs percentage drops to 22.5 percent.
Redshirt sophomore Fallon Felts and junior Madison Rich have proven they can knock down shots from behind the arc, but so far the two have only made four 3s this season – all by Felts – they, or one of the other perimeter players must step up their shooting or teams will collapse their defense in on Banks and Alexander.
Free throw shooting: (C-)
If their outside shooting continues to struggle they will have to do better, much better, at the free throw line to compensate.
Overall, Austin Peay is success rate of 74.2 percent in defensive rebounding percentage and a 36.6 percent in offensive rebound percentage.
The Governors have been stingy on defense so far, only allowing opponents to average 59 points per game so far, while holding the other teams to a 35.8 percent shooting percentage overall.
But the Govs need to improve on its perimeter defense, with opponents’ shooting percentage from behind the arc jumping to 40.7 percent.
While the Govs have turned up its defense so far this season, they have limited their opponents to just 55 total free throw attempts – an average of just under 14 attempts a contest.
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
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