Austin Peay (4-3) at UNC Ashville (5-4)
Thursday, December 16th, 2021 | 4:0pm CT
Asheville, NC | Kimmel Arena
Clarksville, TN – For the first time since the 2008-09 season, Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s basketball will take the court in the Tar Heel State when it plays a Thursday game against UNC Asheville at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, North Carolina.
The tip-off is at 4:00pm CT.
UNC Asheville dropped its last outing at North Carolina, 107-46, but the Bulldogs are 1-1 at home and beat Warren Wilson, 100-36, in their last game at Kimmel Arena.
Thursday’s game against UNC Asheville will be streamed on ESPN+ and will be broadcast locally in Asheville on CW6.
About the UNC Asheville Bulldogs
After a sixth-place finish in the 2020-21 regular season, UNC Asheville fell to third-seeded Longwood in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Big South Women’s Basketball Championship. This season, UNC Asheville was picked to finish tied for seventh in the 2021-22 Big South Preseason Poll. Under second-year head coach Honey Brown, the Bulldogs are off to a 5-4 start this season with road wins at Western Carolina, Wofford, and ETSU.
UNC Asheville is led by 2020-21 First Team All-Big South and 2021-22 Preseason All-Big South selection Nadiria Evans. The 5-8, Fifth Year guard is averaging 20 points per game, which ranks 19th in the NCAA and leads the Big South in scoring this season. Evans also ranks sixth in the conference in rebounding (6.8 rpg), ninth in assists (2.5 apg), and eighth in field-goal percentage (.451).
Evans has scored 20-plus points in five of the eight games she has appeared in this season and posted a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double at Wofford, November 23rd. The Florida native also scored a season-high 31 points at both Western Carolina, November 12th, and East Tennessee State, December 10th.
Averaging 12.1 points and 5.3 per game, Carter Kai is the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer and rebounder. The junior forward has knocked down a team-best 11 three-pointers, but she is shooting just 25.6 percent from three-point range.
UNC Asheville has the fourth-best scoring offense (64.4 ppg) and the fourth-best scoring defense (62.2 ppg) in the Big South this season. The Bulldogs also lead the Big South in rebounding, averaging 40.1 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to just 37.7 rebounds per contest.
Series History and Lasting Meeting
Thursday will be Austin Peay State University’s first-ever meeting against UNC Asheville.
Austin Peay State University is playing its fifth of six games against first-time opponents this season when it takes on UNC Asheville. The APSU Govs are 2-2 against first-time foes this season and the Bulldogs are their fourth of five-straight games against first-time opponents.
Asheville native and Austin Peay State University senior Kasey Kidwell is playing her first collegiate game in her home state. Kidwell graduated from Carolina Day School in 2018 and has spent all four college seasons in Clarksville.
APSU is playing its first games in the Tar Heel State since the 2008-09 season, when it won at Elon, 81-53, on December 28th in Alumni Gymnasium and lost to No. 2 North Carolina, 61-93, on December 30th in the Dean E. Smith Center.
Austin Peay State University freshman Lyric Cole is the reigning OVC Freshman of the Week after posting a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double against Bellarmine. It is the first time the Memphis native has been named the OVC Freshman of the Week.
Through six games, APSU is shooting 47.1 percent from the floor as a team. The Govs have not shot over 45 percent from the floor in a season since the 2002-03 team set the program record by shooting 47.4 percent.
Nina De Leon Negron is one of two OVC players that ranks in the top six in the league in both assists (3.6 apg) and steals (2.1 spg) this season.
Ella Sawyer dished out a career-high eight assists against Bellarmine, she is now tied for eighth in the OVC in assists (3.1 apg) and ranks fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
Season and single-game tickets are on sale for the 2021-22 basketball season. Fans can purchase or renew their season tickets online at LetsGoPeay.com/BuyTickets or by calling the Austin Peay University Ticket Office at 931-221-PEAY (7329). More information on season and single-game tickets can also be found online.
APSU Govs Online
For up-to-date news and information on Austin Peay State University Athletics, check back at LetsGoPeay.com or follow along on Facebook. To keep up with the Governors women’s basketball team, follow along on Twitter and Instagram (@GovsWBB). Live stats will be available during all home games and select road games at PeayStats.com.
In addition, all Austin Peay State University home games, OVC games, and select road games will be broadcast on ESPN+ this season, visit the APSU women’s basketball schedule at LetsGoPeay.com for a complete broadcast schedule.
Next Up For APSU Women’s Basketball
The Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team will continue its journey through North Carolina when it plays a 2:00pm CT, Saturday game against Gardner-Webb at Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
The APSU Govs then return home for their final game before Christmas when they host UT Southern for a 2:00pm, December 21st contest in the Dunn Center.