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Austin Peay Govs fail to overcome cold shooting day against Gamecocks

APSU Sports Information

APSU Women's BasketballJacksonville, AL – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s basketball team could not overcome a cold day from the field, dropping an Ohio Valley Conference contest against Jacksonville State, 67-56, Saturday, at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball unable to get on track in loss at Jacksonville State. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball unable to get on track in loss at Jacksonville State. (APSU Sports Information)

Despite one of their best free-throw shooting performances of the season and three three-pointers from Maggie Knowles [2], the Governors (10-11, 5-5 OVC) could not get past a stingy and physical Jacksonville State team.

The Govs got off to a fantastic start, with Brandi Ferby [3] nailing a straightaway three-pointer on the Govs’ first shot of the game, but things were did not go that smoothly for either team for the first half.

Arielle Gonzalez-Varner [4] picked up two quick fouls and was on the bench for the rest of the half, as the Gamecock’s leading rebounder Rayven Pearson collected eight rebounds, most coming without Gonzalez-Varner on the floor.

Both teams struggled from the field, as JSU shot only 21 percent in the first quarter, but both teams had scoreless stretches of over three minutes in the first period. A late spark from Michaela Campbell [5] allowed the Govs to tie the game at 13 at the end of the first.

The second quarter continued with the same defensive theme, before Keisha Gregory [6] converted an and-one and nailed the first Govs’ three-pointer since Ferby’s opening shot.

However, the Gamecocks (10-11, 4-6 OVC) responded, embarking on a 7-0 run before Maggie Knowles [2] nailed a triple to reclaim the advantage for the Govs, but JSU answered once again, ending the quarter on a 6-0 run as Pearson dropped a bucket in as time expired to give the Govs a four-point deficit to climb out of halftime. Each team was shooting under 30 percent from the field in the first half, but were perfect from the free-throw line.

Ferby converted an and-one and Pearson picked up her third foul early into the half, but that did not matter to the Gamecocks. JSU went on an 11-4 run after Pearson went to the bench, opening up a 10-point advantage. The Gamecocks hit their first five shots of the quarter and looked to be pulling away, but Knowles hit two more massive three-pointers, the latter cutting the lead back to six.

The Govs needed to sustain the momentum from Knowles’s big shots in the third, but Jayla Walker hit a big three to put JSU back up 11. The dagger came after the Govs pressed the Gamecocks, forcing a loose ball that both teams had chances to control, but a JSU player picked it up and threw it down the court to Pearson, who finished despite being fouled.

The bucket and ensuing free throw made it a 13-point Gamecock lead, but the Govs did not give up. Ferby hit another three that cut it back to nine points with three minutes to go, but deficit proved to be too much as JSU sealed the game with defense and free-throw shooting.

Despite shooting in the low 60’s for free-throw percentage, the Gamecocks went 18-of-21 from the line and prevailed by a scoreline of 67-56.

APSU Notably

Brianah Ferby [8] had a season-high six rebounds.

Maggie Knowles [2] had her second game with at least three three-pointers (Vanderbilt).

The Govs fall to 5-5 in OVC play and have now lost four in a row to the Gamecocks.

The Govs had their lowest shooting percentage of the season (29 percent).

The Govs recorded just three steals on the day, the least in OVC play this season.

The Govs suffered their first loss when holding their opponent to under 40 percent shooting.

APSU Head Coach David Midlick’s Musings

“They played great defense against us. They made it into a one-on-one game where we did not have many assists. I thought we got some decent looks in the first half and in the second half it was more one-on-one and contested shots and I tip my hat to Jacksonville State for that defense.”

 


Next Up for APSU

The APSU Govs return to the Dunn Center next week to take on SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois.