Clarksville TN - The Austin Peay State University Lady Govs Basketball team begins the second half of the Ohio Valley Conference race when they travel to Murray State University on Saturday. The 2:15pm afternoon affair pits the 1-7 Lady Govs against the 6-3 Lady Racers.
The Lady Govs hope to carry the momentum of their first OVC win, a 78-71 victory at Jacksonville State on Monday. They’ll face a Murray State team that has won four-straight OVC games, and climbed into second place in the conference West Division race. Saturday’s meeting will be the second of the season, with the Lady Racers winning a 77-72 decision, January 12th in Clarksville.Murray State has won four straight, scoring 68 points in each of its last three games and averaging 71.5 points per game during the streak… in conference play, Murray State is ranked fifth in offense (66.8 ppg), despite ranking 12th in field-goal percentage (37.1)… the Racers defense has picked up the slack, ranking fourth in scoring (64.2 ppg) and third in field-goal percentage (37.2) allowed… senior guard Mariah Robinson is the OVC’s fourth-leading scorer (17.6 ppg) in league action and ranks 14th in field-goal percentage (44.3)… freshman guard Erika Sisk ranks 10th among league scorers in league play, averaging 14.3 points per game… the two have combined to take 221 of Murray State’s 529 shot attempts (41.7 percent) in conference play.
An Austin Peay win would give it back-to-back wins for the second time this season… be its second OVC win this season… be its second straight road win… be its third win away from the Dunn Center (3-8)… be its fourth straight win at the CFSB Center… improve coach Carrie Daniels’ record to 79-130 overall and 52-66 in OVC play… make the Lady Govs 432-603 overall since 1976-77.
An Austin Peay loss would be its third straight loss to Murray State, its longest win streak to the Racers since 2008-09 (four games)… be its first loss at the CFSB Center since Jan. 10th, 2009, ending a three-game APSU win streak in the facility… make it 1-8 in OVC play… make it 2-9 away from the Dunn Center… drop Daniels’ record to 78-131 overall and 51-67 in OVC play… make the Lady Govs 431-604 overall since 1976-77.