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.
LADY GOVS NOTABLY vs. BINGHAMTON, SUNDAY
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.
LADY GOVS SEASON TO DATE
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.
LADY GOVS MID-SEASON TOURNAMENT NOTES
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).
LADY GOVS ADD ST. CATHARINE TO SCHEDULE
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.
FRESHMAN TRIO EATING UP MINUTES EARLY
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.
LOOKING A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH
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
|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)|
|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.|
|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|
| 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