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APSU Women’s Basketball comes up short against Jacksonville State at home

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APSU Women's BasketballClarksville, TN – Despite holding the lead for half the game, Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team fell in a nail biter to Jacksonville State, Saturday, 51-50.

Austin Peay (15-12, 8-8 OVC) had success inside early with Brianne Alexander scoring four of the Governors 10 points in the paint.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball falls to Jacksonville State at the Dunn Center Saturday, 51-50. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Women’s Basketball falls to Jacksonville State at the Dunn Center Saturday, 51-50. (APSU Sports Information)

The first quarter fluctuated back and forth, but Keisha Gregory and Arielle Gonzalez-Varner gave the Govs defensive rhythm on the boards, pulling down a combined seven rebounds in the opening period.

The Governors active defense continued in the second quarter as Austin Peay forced the Gamecocks into six turnovers, while collecting two steals. In a period marked by runs, the Govs looked poised to pull away from Jacksonville State, but the Gamecocks barricaded the paint, stalling the Governors’ offense. Gonzalez-Varner and Alexander each posted six points in the half, with Gregory adding five points and five rebounds.

APSU Basketball - Keisha GregoryComing out of the halftime break, the Governors turned defensive pressure into offensive production, going on an 8-0 run to open the third quarter. The Govs extended their lead to 11 midway through the period, as Gregory and Alexander each scored six points, leading Austin Peay on 16-6 run heading into the final 10 minutes.

The Govs struggled from the field in the final period, but were able to get to the line with dribble penetration, going 7-for-7 from the stripe to close out the game. Jacksonville State gained momentum midway through the fourth quarter, clawing back to tie the game.

A late foul gave Gamecock forward Tasha Magruder a chance from the line, where she drained both shots. The Govs had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but the shot fell just short, as the Governors fell in another one-point contest, 51-50.

Game Notes

APSU Basketball - Bri WilliamsThe Govs split the homestand as both games were decided by one-point, with Austin Peay topping Tennessee Tech 53-52, Thursday.

Austin Peay led for 22:16 in the game, with their largest lead being 11 points in the third quarter.

Two Governors scored in double digits: Alexander (15) and Gregory (13).

Gregory led the Govs with nine rebounds, while Gonzalez-Varner added eight rebounds and two blocks.

The Govs scored 13 points off of Jacksonville State’s 16 turnovers.

Bri Williams and Falon Baker led the team with three assists each.

David Midlick’s Musings

APSU Basketball - Falon BakerThird Quarter Thrills
“I thought we picked up the pace of the game and got some baskets in transition, and ran our offense fairly well. Overall we picked up the pace in the third period.”

Bouncing Back
“We won by one the other night and we lose by one tonight, this is how the margin is in conference at the end of the year. We win and lose as a basketball team, we have to take a day off tomorrow and come back ready to work on Monday.”

Next Up for APSU Women’s Basketball

The Govs will head back out on the road for a midweek matchup 7:00pm, Wednesday, February  21st at SIU Edwardsville.

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