Looking For Revenge
Clarksville, Tenn.(January 23, 2004)- Southeast (8-8, 3-2 OVC) hopes to down Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn. tomorrow, Jan. 24 as they tip-off at 5:00 p.m. After being chosen as the pre-season runner-up to Southeast, the Lady Govs came to the Show Me Center two weeks ago on January 8 and upset the Otahks 64-54. The Otahkians will look for revenge as they pair-off tomorrow.
Scouting Southeast... The Otahkians are coming off a disappointing upset in Cookeville, Tenn. to the Lady Eaglettes of Tennessee Tech. Southeast found themselves in a constant battle for the lead as score was all tied up seven times and the lead changed ten times. After Southeast pulled ahead by as much as seven with 8:18 to go in the first half, APSU used a 9-2 run to pull ahead 27-25 at the half.
The Otahks second half playing plagued the team yet again, as they were outscored 38-32, to fall 65-57 to the Lady Eaglettes. The squad has now been outscored in the second half in all but three games this season. Freshman Jessica Aebi stepped up to lead the way with 18 points while Chandra Brown chipped in 12. As the squad fell to 3-2 in the OVC, they find themselves in the midst of a four-way tie for second place with Tennessee Tech, Eastern Kentucky, and Morehead State.
Kenja White averaging 11.0 points per game leads the squad on the season. Sami Jo Cotton and Brown follow closely behind with 10.6 and 10.4 points respectively. While Sarah Costello leads the team with 4.5 per game as she ranks second in the league. Brown dominates the boards as she is bringing down 7.3 per game, ranking her fifth in the league.
As a team, Southeast leads the team in three-pointers per game, but APSU is the league's best three-point defensive team. The Otahkians will need to execute their offensive effectively to get their shots off from long range.
Scouting Austin Peay... The Lady Govs (10-6, 4-1 OVC) are coming off their first conference defeat this season. After having difficulty playing at home during non-conference, APSU fell to a spirited Eastern Illinois squad at home, 72-71 on Thursday evening. The loss was the Lady Govs first in 20 regular-season OVC games, dating back to the end of the 2001-2002 season. Falling to 4-1 in the OVC, the Lady Govs are now in a two-way tie for the conference lead with Jacksonville State, also 4-1 in OVC competition.
Austin Peay came out playing flat in the first half, allowing EIU to stay close, forcing six ties and two lead changes. The difference at halftime was a Gerlonda Hardin free throw, which gave APSU a 35-34 lead. APSU's Kera Bergeron made a buzzer-beating three but it was too little, too late as they fell by one.
Leading the way offensively for the Lady Govs are Hardin (15.8 points per game) and Haynes (13.5 points per game) rank fifth and eight in the league in scoring. Hardin 15.8 points per game aren't just luck, she shots with outstanding accuracy as she lead the OVC in field goal percentage, making 57.2 percent of her shots. On the boards, the two flip positions as Haynes ranks third in the OVC with 8.9 rebounds per game and Hardin ranks fourth with 8.3 rebounds per game. Guard Cassandra Peek grabs the squad's top helper position, dishing out 3.
Up next... After a weeklong road trip, the Otahks have a couple days off then hit the road for Alabama for another weeklong conference trip as they take OVC newcomers, Samford and Jacksonville State. Southeast matches up with Jacksonville State on Jan. 29 at 5:00 p.m. Then the squad faces Samford, Jan. 31at 4:00 p.m.