Austin Peay (14-7 | 9-2 ASUN) vs. North Florida (6-15 | 3-8 ASUN)
Thursday, January 9th, 2023 | 6:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dunn Center
Clarksville, TN – After earning a pair of road wins last week, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s basketball team returns home for an ASUN Conference matchup against North Florida for “Greek Night” and “Teacher Appreciation Night” on Thursday at 6:00pm in the Winfield Dunn Center.
Austin Peay (14-7, 9-2 ASUN) has earned three-straight wire-to-wire wins and currently sits in a three-way tie for second in the ASUN standings.
The Governors began a two-game road trip to Kentucky with a 72-52 win against the Knights last Thursday, in which the team turned the ball over just five times – the fewest in any road game in program history and tied for the fewest of any game.
APSU then had six score in double-figures to earn its ninth ASUN win of the season in an 82-69 victory against EKU, Saturday.
Shamarre Hale leads Austin Peay State University with 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She also is on pace to break the program’s single-season field-goal percentage, as her 68.7 field-goal percentage is 3.2 percent higher than the current program record held by APSU alumna, D’Shara Booker.
The Ospreys are the Govs’ sixth first-time opponent this season and fourth in ASUN Conference play, with APSU garnering a 3-2 record in such games this season.
North Florida (6-15, 3-8 ASUN) currently is 10th in the ASUN standings after dropping games to Stetson and league-leading Florida Gulf Coast last week.
Lyric Swann leads the Ospreys with 14.2 points per game this season and is tied for second on the team with 30 steals and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Radio: WAPX 91.9 FM – Jahmar Perkins (PxP) / Zach Gould (Color)
All Austin Peay women’s basketball games are aired on WAPX 91.9 FM. Pregame begins 15 minutes before tip and can be heard online at LetsGoPeay.com.
TV: ESPN+ — Alex Gould (PxP) / Patton Cook (Color)
All home and ASUN Conference games are live-streamed on ESPN+.
From The Jump
Austin Peay State University tips off the sixth week of ASUN play with its first-ever meeting against the Ospreys.
APSU is 3-2 against first-time opponents this season.
Austin Peay State University has won three-straight games, all coming in wire-to-wire fashion.
Austin Peay State University went 2-0 in last week’s trip to Kentucky, with wins against Bellarmine and Eastern Kentucky.
Shamarre Hale leads the APSU Govs in points per game (11.2), rebounds per game (6.8) and field-goal percentage (.687).
Brittany Young needs just one win to pass Pam Davidson (1979-81) for the most wins by a head coach in their first two seasons at Austin Peay State University.
With a win against the Ospreys, Young will be the quickest coach to reach 35 wins in program history and needs to win six of her next 21 games to become the fastest coach to 21 wins.
APSU’s defense currently is on pace to set the program record in scoring defense (56.8), rebound defense (32.0), field goal percentage defense (.384) and three-point percentage defense (.270).
The APSU Govs have won 23 straight games when holding opponents to 50 or fewer points and 23 straight games when scoring 70 or more points.
Austin Peay State University is 11-2 when outscoring its opponent in the paint and averages 29 points per game between the lanes.
Over 68 percent of the Govs’ points this season have come inside the arc, with it holding a 46.6 field-goal percentage on two-point attempts.
Austin Peay State University is 26th in Division I and third in the ASUN in three-point percentage defense. Its 27.0 mark defensively is 2.1 percent lower than the current record held by the 2005-06 team.
Shamarre Hale has recorded all three of APSU’s double-doubles this season. The Govs have not lost when Hale records a double-double.
This season, the APSU Govs are 9-3 in games in which they led at the end of the first quarter, and 11-1 when leading at the half.
The APSU Govs are 8-2 when outrebounding the opponent.
Austin Peay State University leads the ASUN and ranks 53rd nationally with 14.1 free throws per game. Mariah Adams is second in the Conference with an 83.8 percent clip from the line.
About the North Florida Ospreys
2022-23 Record: 6-15 (3-8 ASUN)
Quick Season Recap: The Ospreys have faced four Power Five opponents this season in Wisconsin, Miami, Auburn and Alabama. After splitting their first four ASUN games of the season – which also included a 78-68 win against Liberty, January 12th – the Ospreys have dropped six of their last seven games including three straight on the road.
2021-22 Record: 13-17 (5-11 ASUN)
2021-22 Season Result: After entering the ASUN Tournament as the East Division’s No. 5 seed, the Ospreys defeated the West Division’s No. 4 seed in Lipscomb before falling to nationally-ranked Florida Gulf Coast in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Notable Returner: Kaila Rougier leads all returning players with 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Notable Newcomer: A transfer from Community College of Baltimore County, Lyric Swann leads to Ospreys in scoring with 14.2 points per game. She also has a 34.9 field goal percentage and a 73.5 percentage from the free throw line.
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Follow The APSU Govs
For news and updates throughout the Governors’ inaugural season as a member of the ASUN Conference, follow the women’s basketball team on Twitter and Instagram (@GovsWBB) or check back at LetsGoPeay.com.
Season and single-game tickets are on sale for the 2022-23 APSU women’s basketball season! Fans can purchase their tickets online at LetsGoPeay.com/BuyTickets or by calling the Austin Peay Ticket Office at 931.221.PEAY (7329).
To celebrate Austin Peay being second in the ASUN Conference standigns, fans can get a $2.00 ticket to the game by using the code “asun2” here.
Next Up For APSU Women’s Basketball
Following their game against the Ospreys as the Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team hosts Jacksonville on Saturday at 1:00pm for a “PEAYnk Out.”