Austin Peay State University Women’s Basketball falls at Belmont, 65-46

Austin Peay State University Women's Basketball senior Yamia Johnson had 15 points and 10 rebounds in loss at Belmont. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay State University Women's Basketball senior Yamia Johnson had 15 points and 10 rebounds in loss at Belmont. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

APSU Women's BasketballNashville, TN – After a slow start, Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s basketball team was able to overcome a double-digit Belmont lead and tie the contest in the second quarter, but the Governors were never able to take the lead and fell to a late Bruins charge, 65-46, in Ohio Valley Conference action, Thursday, in the Curb Event Center.

Yamia Johnson led Austin Peay (9-5, 2-2 OVC) with 15 points and 10 rebounds, recording her first double-double as a Governor. Johnson did the majority of her damage at the charity stripe, knocking down a career-best 11 free throws on a career-high 13 free-throw attempts.
 
After trading baskets to start the game, Belmont (8-5, 4-0 OVC) went on an 11-0 run and took a 13-2 lead with 4:39 left in the opening quarter. Liz Gibbs halted the Belmont and sparked an 8-0, quarter-closing run for the Governors with a driving layup at the 4:06 mark in the first quarter.

2021-22 APSU Women's Basketball - Shay-Lee Kirby. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)After the Gibbs bucket, Shay-Lee Kirby drilled a three-pointer and Johnson buried three free throws, bringing Austin Peay State University back within three points, 13-10, at the end of the first period.  

It appeared as though the APSU Govs would keep the momentum when Karle Pace converted a layup to open the second quarter, but Belmont’s Madison Bartley knocked down a three-pointer and converted a layup of her own for five of her game-high 18 points to push the Bruin’s lead back to six points at the 7:28 mark.

2021-22 APSU Women's Basketball - D'Shara Booker. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Trailing by five after Belmont’s Destinee Wells scored her first points of the contest, D’Shara Booker scored back-to-back buckets in the post and the Govs trailed by just one, 21-20, with 4:52 left before the half. Austin Peay State University was finally able to tie the contest at the 2:50 mark in the second period when Johnson buried a pair of free throws, but the Bruins closed the first half on a 7-0 run and led 30-23 at halftime.

2021-22 APSU Women's Basketball - Kasey Kidwell. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Austin Peay State University opened the second half on a 4-0 run, with Lyric Cole and Kasey Kidwell hitting layups to trim the deficit to just three points, 30-27. But a second-chance three-pointer for Wells sparked a 9-0 Belmont run and the Bruins pushed their lead back to a dozen, 39-27, with 5:49 left in the third period.

2021-22 APSU Women's Basketball - Lyric ColeThe Govs got back within seven points when Pace drilled a triple with 1:24 left in the period, but the Bruins answered with back-to-back threes and led 45-32 with one quarter left to play.

Trailing by 13 points with 8:44 left in the game, Johnson scored four-straight points to bring APSU back within nine, 48-39, with 6:40 left to play. But the Govs were never able to get any closer and Belmont pushed its lead to as many as 22 points in the final period to stay unbeaten in OVC play.  


The Difference 

Turnovers. Austin Peay State University turned the ball over 21 times, Belmont turned the ball over 13 times. The Governors scored 13 points off turnovers, the Bruins scored 25 points off turnovers.

APSU Notably 

2021-22 APSU Women's Basketball - Yamia Johnson. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Austin Peay State University dropped its final OVC contest against Belmont in the Curb Event Center and now trails the all-time series, 6-16.

The Governors matched their season-high with 16 made free throws on a season-high 26 free throw attempts.

Yamia Johnson led the APSU Govs in scoring for the eighth time this season with 15 points, she has scored in double-figures in 14-straight games to begin her Austin Peay career.

2021-22 APSU Women's Basketball - Karle Pace. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Johnson recorded the first double-double of her Austin Peay State University career with 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

Johnson knocked down a career-best 11 free throws on a career-high 13 free throw attempts.

Karle Pace, Ella Sawyer, and Liz Gibbs each dished out a team-high two assists in the contest.

Quotably, APSU Coach Brittany Young

Opening thoughts… “I thought we had a pretty solid game plan and we kind of got off to a shaky start, to be honest. Against a team like Belmont, you can’t spot them an eight-to-ten-point lead in the first quarter, because now you are fighting to just get back. We brought the game pretty close, but then you are fighting an uphill battle and that kind of got us off initially… 21 turnovers, which led to 25 points, it’s tough to beat a team like this with those types of mistakes.”

Moving forward… “I think we have got to learn from this. I know it’s not a lot of time, but we have got to watch this game and learn from some mistakes we made. After that, we will quickly shift gears tomorrow, so all in the same day, and focus on EIU. I think we have got to come out with heart and competitiveness from the start, it can’t wait until the second or third quarter. We have got to come out from the beginning read to compete.”

Next Up For APSU Women’s Basketball

Austin Peay State University women’s basketball will host a Saturday game against Eastern Illinois that starts at 1:30pm and a Monday game against SIU Edwardsville in the Winfield Dunn Center with a start time of 6:00pm.

After the two-game homestand, the Governors hit the road for a January 20th contest against UT Martin in the Elam Center beginning at 5:30pm.  For news and updates on everything Austin Peay State University women’s basketball, follow along on Twitter and Instagram (@GovsWBB) or check back at LetsGoPeay.com.

Box Score

Austin Peay 46, Belmont 65

  1 2 3 4 Total
Austin Peay 10 13 9 14 46
Belmont 13 17 15 20 65

 

Austin Peay Stats

# Player PTS FG 3FG FT REB A PF TO MIN
1*
PACE
9 4-10 1-3 0-0 4 2 2 4 28
3*
DE LEON NEGRON
0 0-2 0-1 0-0 2 0 1 2 25
4*
SAWYER
0 0-2 0-0 0-2 6 2 5 2 25
5*
KIDWELL
2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 1 12
14*
COLE
3 1-2 0-0 1-2 6 0 3 0 21
0
GLENN
0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2
11
BOOKER
7 3-4 0-0 1-3 3 0 4 2 12
22
KIRBY
5 1-7 1-5 2-2 3 1 2 1 26
24
JOHNSON
15 2-10 0-3 11-13 10 0 0 5 28
30
GIBBS
5 2-3 0-0 1-4 0 2 3 4 22
TM
TEAM
  0   0 0  
GAME PCT 33.3 16.7 61.5    

 


Belmont Stats

# Player PTS FG 3FG FT REB A PF TO MIN
0*
JONES
11 3-11 2-8 3-6 7 3 4 2 36
3*
BARTLEY
18 6-9 1-3 5-8 5 1 4 1 19
11*
WELLS
14 5-12 1-3 3-3 3 6 1 1 33
14*
KINNEY
3 1-3 1-3 0-0 2 1 1 2 29
20*
CHINN
3 1-6 1-5 0-0 4 0 3 0 25
4
CULBERTSON
0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2
12
MCGUFF
2 1-3 0-2 0-0 3 1 0 1 8
21
SCHOENWALD
9 3-6 3-6 0-0 5 0 2 2 22
22
MILLER
5 1-4 0-1 3-7 4 1 3 1 21
24
BRITZMANN
0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 5
TM
TEAM
  3   0 2  
GAME PCT 38.9 29.0 58.3    

 


Team Comparison

Statistic Austin Peay Belmont
FG% 33% 39%
FGs 14-42 21-54
3FG% 17% 29%
3FGs 2-12 9-31
FT% 62% 58%
FTs 16-26 14-24
TOs 21 13
PtsOffTO 13 25
TotReb 34 36
DefReb 27 26
Off Reb 7 10
2ndChPts 4 12
BenchPts 32 16
PtsPaint 22 22
FstBkPt 2 6
Blocks 3 1
Steals 4 14
Assts 7 13
Times Tied:   2
Time Tied:   0:59
Lead Chg:   0
LeadTime 0:00 39:01