Late APSU run holds off Lady Tigers
Friday, January 15, 2010
Clarksville, Tenn. --- In a fiercely contested battle between Tennessee State and Austin Peay, the Lady Govs used a late second half spurt to pull out a 77-66 win over the Lady Tigers Thursday night in the Dunn Center.

Oby Okafor finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 12-of-16 from the free-throw line. Freshman Jasmin Shuler posted a career-best 19 points for TSU, knocking down five 3-pointers in the contest. LaDona Pierce led TSU with a game-high seven assists.

Jasmine Rayner led APSU in scoring and recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Nicole Jamen also registered a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards. Ashley Herring posted 17 points for the Lady Govs while Whitney Hanley added 13.

Tennessee State falls to 6-10 (3-4 OVC) while Austin Peay moves to 6-12 (5-2 OVC).

After a couple of empty possessions by both teams, a bucket by Oby Okafor started what would be a back-and-forth battle. TSU and APSU traded buckets throughout the entire half as neither squad was able to build more than a three point lead.

The first half featured eight ties and 11 lead changes. Just before the half ended Jasmin Shuler knocked down a triple from the top of the key to make the Lady Tiger advantage 36-32 going into the break.

Austin Peay opened the second half with a 7-2 run to take a 39-38 lead. TSU, however, responded with eight unanswered points to go ahead 56-49 with 7:14 left to play. The Lady Govs recaptured the lead, 52-51, on a 3-pointer by Ashley Herring before a made free-throw by Oby Okafor put TSU back on top, 56-55. 

With the score tied 59-59, Austin Peay outscored Tennessee State 10-3 to capture a 69-62 lead with 1:32 remaining. TSU called a timeout to recover but the Lady Tigers were not able to overcome the deficit.

The Lady Tigers return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Jacksonville State.