It seems like any time the Austin Peay State Governors get an OVC win, it’s referred to as “much-needed.”
Is it a cliche by now? Probably.
Is it inaccurate? Not even close.
The Govs headed into Thursday’s game against the Tennessee State Tigers 3-7 in the OVC and right at the cutoff for the OVC tournament. They went and got themselves an 87-55 victory during the unconventional 11 a.m. start time in Nashville.
The offense, which has been Austin Peay’s bane all season, had its highest-scoring conference output despite going just 9-for-32 from the field.
Four different players scored in double digits, led by D’Shara Booker’s career-high 15 points. Kasey Kidwell added 13, while Ella Sawyer scored 12 and Kelen Kenol had 10.
Austin Peay flexed its bench depth, seeing all 12 of their players score while racking up 50 bench points.
The victory was highlighted by a monstrous 28-6 second quarter, putting the Govs up 29 at halftime.
The fourth win of conference season keeps the Governors afloat for the eighth seed, currently tied with Murray State. Each team is one game ahead of Eastern Kentucky and one game behind Morehead State.
Austin Peay (87): D’Shara Booker 15, Kasey Kidwell 13, Ella Sawyer 12, Kelen Kenol 10, Shay-Lee Kirby 8, Brandi Ferby 7, Brianah Ferby 6, Nieja Crawford 5, Maggie Knowles 3, Tahanee Bennell 3, Myah Leflore 3, Arielle Gonzalez-Varner 2.
Tennessee State (55): Ashley Primas 10, Breannah McCullah 9, Jazmine Young 7, Amber Appiah-Kubi 6, Deaja Richardson 5, Jaden Wrightsell 4, Terrysha Banner 4, Taylor Roberts 4, Andreana Wrister 3, Takya Bennett 3.