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APSU Women’s Basketball beats Christian Brothers 100-62

 

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APSU Women's BasketballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s basketball team got back to winning ways by defeating Christian Brothers, 100-62, Friday, at the Winfield Dunn Center.

The Governors (1-1) were facing off against the Buccaneers for the third straight year in their home opener and have now won all three.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball gets 100-62 win over Christian Brothers at the Dunn Center Friday night. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball gets 100-62 win over Christian Brothers at the Dunn Center Friday night. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

At the start of the game, the Govs went cold, but quickly found their footing off the back of a 14-0 run.

Gabby Gregory provided the spark off the bench in the quarter, hitting two threes as the Govs shot 50 percent for the quarter despite missing their first five shots.

After the initial cold streak, the Govs remained on fire for the rest of the game. Nine of ten Govs scored in the first half, paced by Arielle Gonzalez-Varner who had 11 points and six boards on five-of-six shooting from the field.

Coach David Midlick harped on not committing turnovers after the Cincinnati game and the Govs did a much better job with the ball, winning the turnover battle at halftime (12-8).

APSU Basketball - Brianah FerbyComing out of halftime, the Govs continued to be the aggressor, with the third quarter assault led by the twin duo of Brandi and Brianah Ferby. Brandi hit one of her four threes on the opening Govs possession in the third quarter before letting her sister Brianah get in on the fun, as she hit a trey on the ensuing Govs possession.

Gregory then continued to impress on both ends of the floor as she stole a pass on the perimeter and finished at the other end. Gonzalez-Varner feasted down low, as she collected a double-double by the end of the third quarter, the first since Brianne Alexander had one against Morehead State in January of last season.

APSU Basketball - Brianne AlexanderThe Govs scored at least 24 points in every quarter tonight, but perhaps their most impressive output on the night was holding Christian Brothers to just nine points in the fourth quarter. The Govs held the Bucs to just an 11.8 shooting percentage in the quarter and just a 32.3 percent percentage throughout the contest.

Myah Leflore added to the Govs big win with seven fourth quarter points, including a deep three that pushed the Govs lead to 40. The Govs had five players score in double figures and scored 100 points as a team for the first time in 430 games, with the previous occurrence on January 7th, 2002 against Eastern Illinois.

The Govs return to action with two contests next week. APSU travels down Interstate 24 to take on Vanderbilt, 7:00pm, Monday, November 12th in a big SEC Network contest, before returning home to the friendly confines of the Dunn Center to take on Trevecca, 7:00pm, Wednesday, November 14th.

APSU Notably

The Govs scored 100 points for the first time in 430 games (January 7th, 2002 vs. Eastern Illinois).

Gonzalez-Varner recorded the first double-double by a Gov since Brianne Alexander against Morehead State last season.

The Govs made 36 field goals, the most since March 1st, 2014 at UT Martin.

The Govs had five players score in double figures, the first occurrence since December 2nd, 2017 against Evansville.

The Govs outscored the Bucs in the paint, 46-29.

With 50 points a piece, the starters and the bench of the Govs combined for the same number of points.

The Govs hit 13 threes on the night, the most since February 22nd, 2017 at UT Martin (11) and just one shy of the program record.

The rebounding battle was won by the Govs once again, making them 2-0 in that department to start the season.

APSU Coach David Midlick’s Musings

“We want to play fast in every game and we did that and played well in spurts. We had some shots fall, but we have to try and put a full 40 minutes together every time we step on the court.”


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