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Lady Govs visits San Antonio for UTSA Thanksgiving Classic


Austin Peay women’s basketball team begins a three-game road trip when it plays in the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic, Friday and Saturday. The Lady Govs will meet host UTSA in a 7 p.m., Friday contest at the Convocation Center in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Austin Peay will follow that affair with a 7 p.m., Saturday contest against William & Mary. The Lady Govs and Tribe have met one time previous, William & Mary winning a meeting at the 1990-91 season-opening Warrior Fest Tournament at Marquette.


Austin Peay trailed by 10 points at halftime after making two field goals, both by Kaitlyn Hill, in the final 10:46 of the period… the Lady Govs scored 50 points in the second half, its first 50-point half since Feb. 25, 2012, to rally for its season’s first victory… after averaging 26 turnovers in its first two games, Austin Peay committed only 12 miscues (three in the second half) against Binghamton… the Lady Govs converted 22-of-33 at the free-throw line, it was their most free-throw attempts since attempting 32 against Southeast Missouri (Feb. 25, 2012)… senior Leslie Martinez led Austin Peay in scoring (20 points) for the second consecutive game, the first two times she has been the team’s scoring leader in her career… Kaitlyn Hill just missed her season’s first double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds… sophomore Kristen Stainback and freshman Alexis Hardaway each had 10 points… senior Meghan Bussabarger was injured in the game’s opening minutes and did not return due to an upper body injury.


Austin Peay opened with losses at UAB (54-72) and against then No. 8 Louisville (52-90) before its come-from-behind victory against Binghamton (71-67), Sunday… the Lady Govs are shooting a respectable 38.3 percent from the field this season, but are allowing opponents to shoot a gaudy 48.6 percent… nine APSU players have played in all three contests and head coach Carrie Daniels has used the same starting lineup in each game… a couple of Lady Govs have been dinged-up in the early going, junior Nicole Olszewski missing a majority of the UAB contest after suffering an upper-body injury while senior Meghan Bussabarger played only two minutes against Binghamton before also leaving with an upper-body injury… senior Leslie Martinez has been APSU’s leading scorer the last two games and is averaging at team-best 15.7 points per game… senior Kaitlyn Hill is averaging 8.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.


UTSA has opened its season with a 3-1 record and brings a three-game home win streak into Friday’s matchup with Austin Peay… the Roadrunners return home after suffering a 50-36 loss at Wichita State, UTSA shot just 21.7 percent (10-of-46) from the floor and were out-rebounded, 46-28, in their first road game… UTSA began the season with home wins against Texas-Pan America (68-34), Concordia (88-29) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (52-40)… Thirteen UTSA players have played in all four contests this season and nine of those are averaging five or more points per game… senior guard Simone Young leads the team with 8.5 points per game and is averaging a team-best 20.8 minutes per game… freshman forward Akunna Elonu leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and is averaging 5.0 points per game… UTSA was picked to finish 9th in the coaches poll and 8th in the media poll of the now 10-team Western Athletic Conference.


William & Mary’s 1-3 record is deceiving as those three losses are by a total of 15 points, with a two-point loss at Pittsburgh (76-74) the most impressive of its early outings… the Tribe travel to San Antonio following a 58-51 loss at George Washington, Sunday, as it was held to 26.8 percent (15-of-56) shooting from the floor and a 55.2 percent (16-of-29) effort from the free-throw line… nine W&M players have played in all four contests… senior guard Janine Aldridge played in the season’s first three games but missed the contest at George Washingon… senior forward Emily Correal was a preseason All-Colonial Athletic Conference selection… Correal enters the game leading William & Mary in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounds (11.3 rpg) and tied a career-high with 27 points at Pittsburgh and grabbed a school-record tying 21 rebounds at East Carolina.


Austin Peay will seek to end a streak of futility in early season tournaments. Austin Peay has not won an early season tournament title since claiming the Unilever Lady Tiger Classic hosted by Missouri during the 2002-03 season which is one of only three crowns the program has won all-time. Under head coach Carrie Daniels, Austin Peay is 2-13 in early-season tourney action with wins against Utah Valley (2011-12) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2007-08).


Austin Peay women’s basketball team has added St. Catharine College to its 2012-13 schedule in a game to be played at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Dunn Center. The game replaces the Dec. 15 contest against Christian Brothers which was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Austin Peay season ticket holders who have a ticket for the Dec. 15 contest may use that ticket for the Dec. 9 game.


The freshman trio of Tiasha Gray (18.7 mpg), Jennifer Nwokocha (15.3 mpg) and Alexis Hardaway (23.7 mpg) have found themselves heavily involved in the Lady Govs first three contests, combining for 173 of the team’s 600 minutes (28.8 percent). Their inexperience has shown in the early going, as they have combined to score 39 points and grab 20 rebounds.


Austin Peay was a frequent visitor to the free-throw line against Binghamton, attempting a season-high 32 free throws and converting 22 (68.8 percent). That outing moved APSU to 62 free-throw attempts this season, and they improved to 61.3 percent overall. However, that percentage ranks 10th among OVC teams after two weeks.


Lady Govs  in UTSA Thanksgiving Classic

GAME 1: Opponent: UTSA (3-1, 0-0 Western Athletic) | Date: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 | Tipoff: 7 p.m. (CT)

GAME 2: Opponent: William & Mary (1-3, 0-0 Colonial) | Date: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 | Tipoff: 7 p.m. (CT)

Location: San Antonio, Texas | Arena: Convocation Center (4,080)

Live Stats: www.GoUTSA.com | Live Audio: Not Available | ipTV: www.GoUTSA.com (Game 1 only)

Head Coaches: Austin Peay – Carrie Daniels (Austin Peay, 1996) is 73-118 (.382) in her seventh season as a head coach at Austin Peay. UTSA – Rae Rippetoe-Blair (Oklahoma State, 1985) is 203-160 (.559) in her 13th season at the school and 310-204 (.603) in her 18th season as a head coach. William & Mary – Debbie Taylor (William & Mary, 1986) is 138-243 (.362) in her 14th season at the school and as a head coach.

 Lady Govs 2012-13 Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (CT) Results
  Mon, Nov 05  Martin Methodist (EXH) Clarksville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m. 101 – 67 (W)
  Fri, Nov 09  UAB at Birmingham, Ala.   12:00 p.m. 54 – 72 (L)
  Thu, Nov 15  Louisville Clarksville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m. 52 – 90 (L)
  Sun, Nov 18  Binghamton Clarksville, Tenn.   2:00 p.m. 71 – 67 (W)
UTSA Thanksgiving Classic
  Fri, Nov 23  Texas-San Antonio at San Antonio, Texas   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Nov 24  William & Mary at San Antonio, Texas   7:00 p.m.
  Wed, Nov 28  Vanderbilt at Nashville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Dec 01  Ball State Clarksville, Tenn.   5:15 p.m.
  Tue, Dec 04  Middle Tennessee at Murfreesboro, Tenn.   11:00 a.m.
  Sun, Dec 09  St. Catharine College Clarksville, Tenn.   4:00 p.m.
  Mon, Dec 17  Arkansas State at Jonesboro, Ark.   7:05 p.m.
  Fri, Dec 21  Lipscomb Clarksville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Dec 29  Alabama A&M at Huntsville, Ala.   3:00 p.m.
  Sat, Jan 05  Southeast Missouri * at Cape Girardeau, Mo.   2:00 p.m.
  Mon, Jan 07  UT Martin * at Martin, Tenn.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Jan 12  Murray State * Clarksville, Tenn.   5:15 p.m.
  Mon, Jan 14  Morehead State * Clarksville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Jan 19  Eastern Illinois * Clarksville, Tenn.   5:15 p.m.
  Mon, Jan 21  SIU Edwardsville * Clarksville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Jan 26  Tennessee Tech * at Cookeville, Tenn.   5:30 p.m.
  Mon, Jan 28  Jacksonville State * at Jacksonville, Ala.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Feb 02  Murray State * at Murray, Ky.   2:00 p.m.
  Mon, Feb 04  Southeast Missouri * Clarksville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Feb 09  Tennessee State * Clarksville, Tenn.   5:15 p.m.
  Sat, Feb 16  SIU Edwardsville * at Edwardsville, Ill.   2:00 p.m.
  Mon, Feb 18  Eastern Illinois * at Charleston, Ill.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Feb 23  Eastern Kentucky * at Richmond, Ky.   3:00 p.m.
  Wed, Feb 27  Belmont * Clarksville, Tenn.   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Mar 02  UT Martin * Clarksville, Tenn.   5:15 p.m.
2013 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championship
  Wed, Mar 06  First Round at Nashville, Tenn.   TBA
  Thu, Mar 07  Quarterfinals at Nashville, Tenn.   TBA
  Fri, Mar 08  Semifinals at Nashville, Tenn.   TBA
  Sat, Mar 09  Championship at Nashville, Tenn.   TBA
2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship
  Sat, Mar 23 –
Sun, Mar 24
 First Round at TBA   TBA
  Mon, Mar 25 –
Tue, Mar 26
 Second Round at TBA   TBA
  Sat, Mar 30 –
Sun, Mar 31
 Regional Semifinals at TBA   TBA
  Mon, Apr 01 –
Tue, Apr 02
 Regional Finals at TBA   TBA
  Sun, Apr 07  National Semifinals at New Orleans, La.   TBA
  Tue, Apr 09  National Championship at New Orleans, La.   TBA

* Conference Games