Following an eight-day break for Christmas, Austin Peay women’s basketball team returns to action at 3 p.m. Saturday at Alabama A&M at Elmore Gymnasium. It will be the final non-conference test for the Lady Govs, who are still seeking their first road win this season. Austin Peay head coach Carrie Daniels also will be coaching her 200th career game. Alabama A&M enters the contest looking to end an eight-game losing streak dating back to its season-opening win against Division II Miles.
DANIELS REACHES 200-GAME MILESTONE
With the tip-off of Saturday’s contest, head coach Carrie Daniels, who is in her seventh season, will become only the second head coach to lead the Lady Govs in 200 contests. She joins former head coach Susie Gardner who coached 205 games during her seven-year career (1996-03).
LADY GOVS LEDGER
All of Austin Peay’s four wins have come in the friendly confines of the Dunn Center (3-1) as it has not posted a win away from home this season (0-6)… the Lady Govs haven’t shot the ball well this season, making just 39.3 percent of their shots during the season, but have topped 40 percent six times… rebounding also has been a concern in the early going, with the team racking up a minus-7.3 rebounding margin… nine APSU players have played in every contest… Austin Peay has won the turnover battle in seven games and owns a plus-2.4 turnover margin… seven players are averaging five or more points per game, with two players averaging double figures (Meghan Bussabarger and Leslie Martinez at 11.5 and 10.5 points per game, respectively).
Alabama A&M brings an eight-game losing streak into Friday’s contest… the Bulldogs won a season-opening contest against Division II Miles, Nov. 9… AAMU recently traveled to Las Vegas where they dropped three contests, opening with a loss to nationally-ranked Notre Dame before losses to host UNLV and Old Dominion… the Bulldogs are 0-1 against OVC opponents this season, dropping a 69-54 decision at Murray State, Dec. 16… junior forward Jasmine Sanders has been the team’s leading scorer in four of the last five contests and is averaging 12.2 points per game during that span, bringing her season average up to a team-best 9.6 points per game… junior guard Alyssa Strickland (8.4 ppg) and senior center NaDra Robertson (8.3 ppg) are the team’s next two leading scorers, Robertson also averaging a team best 7.4 rebounds per game.
AN AUSTIN PEAY WIN WOULD…
Be its first back-to-back wins this season… be its first win away from the Dunn Center this season… end its six-game losing streak in true road games and seven-game losing streak away from the Dunn Center… make it 1-6 away from the Dunn Center… be its second straight win at Alabama A&M… be its fifth non-conference win, the most during the Daniels era… make it 4-2 in December… improve Daniels’ record to 77-123 overall… make the Lady Govs 430-596 overall since 1976-77.
AN AUSTIN PEAY LOSS WOULD…
Keep it winless away from the Dunn Center this season (0-7)… be its seventh straight loss in true road games and eighth straight loss away from Clarksville… be its second straight loss to Alabama A&M, leveling the series record at 2-2… make it 3-3 in December… drop Daniels’ record to 76-124 overall… make the Lady Govs 429-597 overall since 1976-77.
CHRISTMAS BREAK LEFTOVERS?
The first game following the Christmas holiday has been a tough one for the Lady Govs who are 2-4 in the previous six games that wrapped up the pre-Christmas schedule. Friday’s contest will be the third straight road game following the Christmas break and they are 0-2 in the two previous affairs – falling at Pittsburgh in 2010-11 before dropping its conference opener at Tennessee State last season.
70 FOR THE WIN?
Austin Peay has breached the 70-point barrier four times this season, posting a 3-1 record in those contests. The Lady Govs lone loss came in an 88-76 loss to William & Mary while they posted wins against Ball State, Binghamton and St. Catharine. Conversely, Austin Peay has been held below the 70-point mark five times this season and is winless in those contests.
HOME SWEET TO LADY GOVS
The Lady Govs have enjoyed more success at home, winning four consecutive games and posting a 4-1 record this season at the Dunn Center. During the Daniels era, the Lady Govs are 43-41 (.512) at home with a winning mark in four of Daniels six previous seasons.
W’s SPARSE IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Austin Peay has found wins hard to come by in non-conference play during the Daniels era, posting a 16-60 (.211) record all time when stepping out of league play. The Lady Govs 3-7 record this season is one win shy of the best non-conference win total during the Daniels era (4-7 in 2008-09).
AUSTIN PEAY LADY GOVS (4-7, 0-0 OVC) vs. ALABAMA A&M (1-8, 0-0 SWAC)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2012 | Tipoff: 3 p.m. (CT)
Location: Huntsville, Ala. | Arena: T.M. Elmore Gymnasium (6,000)
Radio: WAPX 91.9 FM (Josh Stephenson, play-by-play, Ethan Schmidt, analysis)
Live Stats: www.AAMUSports.com
Live Audio: www.LetsGoPeay.com
ipTV: Not Available
Head Coaches: Austin Peay – Carrie Daniels (Austin Peay, 1996) is 76-123 (.382) in her seventh season as a head coach at Austin Peay. Alabama A&M – Altherias Warmley (UAB, 1991) is 110-128 (.462) in her 10th season at the school and as a head coach.
Series: APSU leads, 2-1 (APSU 1-0 in Huntsville) | Streak: AAMU, one win | Daniels vs. AAMU: 0-1
SectionsAustin Peay State University, Featured Story, NCAA, Ohio Valley Conference, Schools, Sports
TopicsAlabama A&M, APSU, Austin Peay State University, Carrie Daniels, Clarksville, Clarksville Sports Network, Govs, Lady govs, NCAA, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC