Clarksville, TN – Sophomore Tiasha Gray recorded the first triple-double in program history to lead Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team past Trevecca, 98-77, Monday night in non-conference action at the Dunn Center.
Gray finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds on the night. Her totals in rebounds and assists were both career highs for the Clarksville native. In fact her eight rebounds at halftime topped her previous career high. In addition, her 12 assists were one shy of the 12-year old Austin Peay record.
APSU Lady Govs defeat Trevecca 98-77(David Roach Clarksville Sports Network)
Austin Peay (2-2) traded baskets with Trevecca over the opening three minutes with all five ties and two lead changes taking place during those opening minutes. The Lady Govs gained control of the contest with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes, with senior guard Nicole Olszewski, freshman Beth Rates and junior Kristen Stainback each hitting a pair of free throws to build the 17-9 APSU lead at the 13:35 mark.
The Lady Govs pushed their lead to 10 points in the next three-minute stanza, freshman Tearra Banks’ jumper at the 10:23 mark giving APSU a 25-15 advantage. The Austin Peay lead would hit 14 points before Trevecca pushed back.
Trevecca (1-1) scored six straight points, including four straight by Christina Curtner, to cut APSU’s lead to eight points, 31-23, with 7:19 remaining in the half. The Trojans would get as close as five points with three minutes left but Austin Peay scored nine straight points to halt the Trevecca momentum and took a 47-36 lead into halftime.
Austin Peay’s lead would never fall back into single digits during the second half. However, the Lady Govs did not extend their lead to 20 points until Nicole Olszewski’s jumper with 6:16 left for an 83-63 advantage. The APSU lead would reach 25 points before head coach Carrie Daniels emptied her bench for the final 3:33.
Banks and Rivers each scored 17 points off the bench to lead the APSU scoring effort. Olszewski added 16 points and Stainback chipped in 12 points. Eleven of the 13 Lady Govs scored in the contest.
Curtner led Trevecca with 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Anna Mitchell added 13 points and a team-best six rebounds.
Austin Peay, which snapped a nine-game home losing streak with Monday’s win, continues its five-game homestand with a 7:pm, Saturday contest against Evansville.
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