For a third consecutive game, the Austin Peay women’s basketball team has lost a close contest.
First it was Southeast Missouri State, then UT Martin and, on Thursday, Jan. 9, it was Tennessee Tech.
Despite leading for over 27 minutes – and never trailing until the fourth quarter – against the Golden Eagles, the Governors fell 58-49 on the road – their lowest point total of the season, surpassing their previous low of 52 at No. 14 Kentucky.
The APSU offense was stagnant nearly the entire game outside of a 17-point third quarter. They shot just 25 percent for the game and made a staggering 4-of-32 three-point attempts. The Governors also surrendered 15 turnovers.
Perhaps the most telling statistic is that Austin Peay only made nine of its 26 layup attempts. While it helps explain their season-high 22 offensive rebounds, it also gives insight to their season-low shooting percentage.
Forward Arielle Gonzalez-Varner scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting with 11 rebounds, good for her fifth double-double this season. Guard Tahanee Bennell scored a game-high 12 points, albeit with poor shooting efficiency. She added five rebounds and three assists.
Do-it-all guard Ella Sawyer scored seven points along with three steals, two blocks, two rebounds and an assist.
Now 0-3 in the OVC still with five games against preseason top four teams, the Governors are at risk of falling behind the necessary mark to qualify for the conference’s postseason tournament after a 9-2 non-conference finish.
Tennessee Tech (58): Jordan Brock 11, Kesha Brady 11, Akia Harris 9, Mackenzie Coleman 9, Anacia Wilkinson 7, Maaliya Owens 6, Jada Guinn 2, Taylor Lamb 2, Abby Buckner 1.
Austin Peay (49): Tahanee Bennell 12, Arielle Gonzalez-Varner 10, D’Shara Booker 9, Ella Sawyer 7, Maggie Knowles 3, Kasey Kidwell 2, Nieja Crawford 2, Shay-Lee Kirby 2, Kelen Kenol 2.