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Austin Peay (12-14/6-7 OVC) vs. Eastern Illinois (8-18/4-10 OVC)
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 | 4:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball teams begins its final homestand at the Dunn Center, playing host to Eastern Illinois, 4:00pm, Saturday in a key Ohio Valley Conference contest.
The Governors enter the weekend in a four-team tie for sixth place at 6-7, with the top eight teams advancing to the OVC Tournament in March.Austin Peay will play two teams in the grouping to conclude the season – UT Martin and Southeast Missouri – but first have a crucial meeting with the Panthers this Saturday.
Most recently, the Govs suffered a 76-69 road loss at SIU Edwardsville, but received another standout performance by Banks (25 points, 11 rebounds). She became the first APSU player in program history to have 20-plus points in seven consecutive games, while in the process, recording her 15th career double-double.
Banks has since risen to fourth nationally in field goals made (211), 10th in field goal percentage (61.2 percent) and 18th in scoring (19.7).
Three additional Govs also totaled double figures at SIUE, highlighted by sophomore guard Keisha Gregory dropping a career-high 16 points. Redshirt sophomore guard Falon Baker was the team’s third-leading scorer at 13 points, while Rates had 10.
About the Eastern Illinois Panthers
The Panthers are 4-10 in conference play this season, with wins over Jacksonville State, UT Martin, Southeast Missouri and Tennessee Tech. However, they travel to Clarksville with three-straight defeats, including a 107-65 loss to SEMO.
Grace Lennox continues to fill up the statsheet for the Panthers – the fourth-leading scorer in the OVC at 16.2 points per game – while also averaging a league-high 38.3 minutes played per contest. Erica Brown (11.8 ppg) and Jalisha Smith (10.3 ppg) are also playmakers to watch.
Last Time Against the Panthers
Austin Peay earned a 69-59 victory over EIU, January 14th, in Charleston. Banks and Baker led the way with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Rates had 11. Lennox scored 22 for the Panthers in a losing effort.
Banks on pace for seventh place. After moving to eighth all-time in scoring at Austin Peay, Banks is now 68 points away from reaching seventh place, currently with 1,375 career points.
Baker for three. Baker has made a three-pointer in eight consecutive games, including and five in the last three matchups.
Gregory stepping up. The sophomore guard has found her groove in the last two games, averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds in that span.
Follow the APSU Govs
Be sure to follow all the Austin Peay women’s basketball action at LetsGoPeay.com and the official Facebook page of Austin Peay Athletics. In addition, live play-by-play coverage can be found on Twitter (@AustinPeayWBB), while fans can watch the game on OVCDigitalNetwork.com
TopicsAmanda Behrenbrinker, April Rivers, APSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Basketball, APSU Dunn Center, APSU Sports, APSU Women's Basketball, Austin Peay State University, Beth Rates, Charleston IL, Clarksville TN, Eastern Illinois, EIU, Erica Brown, Falon Baker, Grace Lennox, Jacey Scott, Jacksonville State, Jalisha Smith, Keisha Gregory, Nicole Olszewski, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, OVC Tournament, Panthers, SIU Edwardsville, SIUE, Southeast Missouri, Tearra Banks, Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin
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