NASHVILLE – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Tennessee State squad and suffered a 96-61 Ohio Valley Conference loss, Saturday, at the Gentry Center.
Austin Peay (9-15, 6-5 OVC) saw its four-game road winning streak halted by a Tennessee State squad that shot 53.6 percent from the floor – its second best shooting performance of the season. The Lady Govs shot 40 percent from the floor, but saw their 23 turnovers converted into 25 TSU points.
Tennessee State (9-14, 6-4 OVC) scored the game’s first eight points and ultimately led wire-to-wire. The Lady Govs would close to within four points, 18-14, 13:46 left in the first half. However, Tennessee State scored the game’s next nine points to build a double-digit, 27-14 lead just two minutes later.
The Lady Tigers pushed the lead to 20 points, 40-20, with four minutes left and used a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 30 points with 1:25 left. Tennessee State would hold a 54-27 lead at the halftime break.
Austin Peay came out of the halftime break and scored the period’s first four points. Tennessee State responded with a 13-0 run and its lead hit 36 points, 67-31, with 15:30 left and they would not be threatened the game’s remainder.
Tennessee State’s Jayda Johnson led all scorers with 17 points off the bench. Rachel Allen added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Chelsea Hudson and Alana Morris each added 14 points.
Austin Peay concludes its three-game OVC road trip with a 7 p.m., Monday contest at Belmont.