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Women’s Basketball Falls on the Road to Austin Peay 71-67
Sophomore Sherae Swinson scores a career-high 23 points in losing effort
November 18, 2012
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CLARKSVILLE, TENN.— Austin Peay (1-2) scored a season-high 50 points in the second half, overcoming a 10-point deficit to beat the Bearcats (0-3), 71-67, at the Dunn Center Sunday afternoon. Sophomore forward Sherae Swinson’s career-high 23 points was spoiled by the Lady Govs who shot nearly 52 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes of play to pick up their first win of the season.
Junior guard Jasbrielle Swain notched her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow backcourt mate Vaneeshia Paulk notched a career-high 12 points in defeat. Binghamton won the battle on the boards 40-33, but lost the turnover battle committing 17 giveaways to just 12 for Austin Peay.
Early on in the first half, both teams struggled offensively, committing four turnovers apiece in the opening eight minutes of action. The Lady Govs held an early 13-9 lead thanks to a three-pointer from leading scorer Leslie Martinez. The Bearcats responded just minutes later with a 6-0 run that was capped off by a quick turnaround jumper off glass from senior forward Simone Thomas. BU further increased their lead off back-to-back buckets from Paulk. The junior point guard sunk a runner in the lane and later scored off a slick move in transition that followed in a layup and the five point lead, 19-14.
The Bearcats ended the first half with some of their best play of the early season, led by Swinson, who scored eight of her 10 points in the final 4:56 of play. At intermission, Binghamton boosted its lead to 10, 31-21, in great part to bench scoring. Binghamton outscored APSU 14-1 in that category and caused nine turnovers off four steals.
The second half began with back-to-back three balls for APSU, cutting the lead down to just six and forcing a quick BU timeout. Junior guard Stephanie Jensen responded with a three of her own after the timeout and gave BU a nine-point cushion.
From there, BU went cold on offense missing three shots and committing three consecutive turnovers which gave APSU an opening. The Lady Govs went on a 13-2 run, taking the lead at 40-38 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Now down 42-40, freshman Kandace Newry drained a three-pointer off the feed from Kara Elofson, putting BU ahead one. Unfortunately for BU, that’s the last lead they would have on the evening. Both senior center Kaitlyn Hill and Leslie Martinez proved to be huge down the stretch for Austin Peay, scoring a combined 18 points to give Binghamton their third straight defeat.
Binghamton’s 67 points by far eclipses their season average of 45 points per game,as they shot a season-high 40.4 percent clip from the field. Once again, BU had no difficulty getting to the line and sinking free throws as they made 15-of-19 on the afternoon. Through three games, BU has shot an even 75 percent from the foul line. The Bearcats also had a season-high 33 points coming off the bench, including six from Newry, who connected on a pair of threes.
Up next for BU is a trip to nearby Nashville, Tennessee when they take on OVC member Belmont. The Bruins are 1-3 in the early going this season and the matchup will be the first meeting in school history. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, November 20.