Austin Peay opened the current homestand with a 90-52 loss to No. 8 Louisville, Thursday. Two large shooting droughts, a five-minute outage in the first half followed by a more damaging 10-minute stretch in the second half, doomed the Lady Govs. Austin Peay committed 23 turnovers – its second straight 20-plus turnover outing – which Louisville used to score 30 points.
Senior Leslie Martinez led Austin Peay with 14 points, the first time she has led the team in scoring during her career. Senior Kaitlyn Hill grabbed a game-high and career-high tying 13 rebounds. The Lady Govs bench was limited to nine points as a trio of freshmen – Jennifer Nwokocha (3 pts), Alexis Hardaway (2 pts) and Tiasha Gray (0 pts) – combined for 52 minutes.
Binghamton opened its season with losses at St. Bonaventure (61-31) and against Cornell (60-56). The Bearcats are making a two-game swing through Middle Tennessee and will play at Belmont, Tuesday. Binghamton enters Sunday’s contest battling the same scoring woes that have beset Austin Peay early this season, averaging 45.0 points per game and shooting only 29.9 percent from the floor.
Junior Jasbriell Swain posted a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in the loss to Cornell and is averaging 7.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Sharae Swinson leads the team with 8.0 points per game, scoring 12 points against Cornell.
Lady Govs Add St. Catharine To Schedule
Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team has added St. Catharine College to its 2012-13 schedule in a game to be played at 4:00pm, Sunday, December 9th at the Dunn Center. The game replaces the December 15th contest against Christian Brothers which was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
Austin Peay season ticket holders who have a ticket for the December 15th contest may use that ticket for the December 9th game.
An Austin Peay Win Would
Be its first win in 2012, improving it to 1-2 this season… level its home record at 1-1… make it 2-0 against members of the America East Conference… improve Daniels’ record to 73-119 overall… make the Lady Govs 426-591 overall since 1976-77.
An Austin Peay Loss Would
Be its third straight loss to begin the 2012 season and fourth-straight loss dating back to last season… drop it to 0-2 at the Dunn Center… drop Daniels’ record to 72-120 overall… make the Lady Govs 425-592 overall since 1976-77.
Freshman Trio Eating UP Minutes Early
The freshman trio of Tiasha Gray (21.0 mpg), Jennifer Nwokocha (18.5 mpg) and Alexis Hardaway (17.0 mpg) have found themselves heavily involved in the Lady Govs first two contests, combining for 113 of the team’s 400 minutes (28.3 percent). Their inexperience has shown in the early going, as they have combined to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds.
You’ve Lost That Leading Feeling
When Austin Peay made the first field goal against Louisville, it was the Lady Govs first lead this season. That lead lasted just 1:35 before the Cardinals responded with a three-pointer to take the lead for good. Austin Peay did not hold the lead in its season-opening loss at UAB.
Looking A Gift Horse In the Mouth
Austin Peay has ventured to the free-throw line 30 times in its first two games but has not done well at the stripe, converting just 53.3 percent of its tries (16 FTM). Sophomore Shelby Olszewski cannot be held accountable for those woes as she has posted a clean sheet (4-of-4) in the first two games. Without her, the team’s percentage plummets to 46.2 percent (12-of-26).
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SectionsAustin Peay State University, Featured Story, NCAA, Ohio Valley Conference, Schools, Sports
TopicsAlexis Hardaway, America East Conference, Austin Peay State University, Bearcats, Binghampton, Boston University, Carrie Daniels, Christian Brothers, Clarksville Tennessee, Dunn Center, Jasbriell Swain, Jennifer Nwokocha, Kaitlyn Hill, Lady govs, Leslie Martinez, Louisville, Sharae Swinson, St Catharine, Tiasha Gray
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