Blue Raiders Drop Close One to Austin Peay 71-69

December 28, 2005 · MT Media Relations
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee women's basketball (7-5) fell to Austin Peay (2-7) 71-69 Wednesday in the Dunn Center.

Middle Tennessee was down by two, 71-69, and had a chance to tie the game with 17 seconds remaining but Chrissy Givens lost the handle on the ball and turned it over to the Lady Govs. Givens was also called for the foul and Austin Peay had a chance to extend the lead but Tiffany Benford missed both free throws with 12 seconds left. The Blue Raiders had one last shot at the tie but as Starr Orr was driving to the basket she was called for the charge and gave the ball back to Austin Peay.

The Blue Raiders struggled at the free throw line in the second half, shooting just 7-of-13 from the charity stripe. Middle Tennessee was 9-of-17 from the free throw line for the game.

Middle Tennessee held a slim two-point lead at the half, 29-27, and built on that lead to start the second half thanks to a jumper by Krystle Horton. The Blue Raiders went on a 13-7 run to build the lead to 12 with 14:02 remaining in the game.

Austin Peay played tenacious defense and took the ball to Middle Tennessee and took the lead with 9:48 remaining thanks to a pair of free throws by Ashley Haynes. Middle Tennessee would never lead again.

Middle Tennessee cut the lead to one with 1:39 left when Orr hit one of two free throws but the Lady Govs had an answer with a Saundra Hale lay-up on the other end. Down by three with 22 seconds remaining, Middle Tennessee couldn't get the outside shot and had to settle for a Lakira Boyd lay-up to pull within one, 70-69. Hale hit one of two free throws to push the lead to two and it proved to be the game winner.

The Blue Raiders were impressive in the first half building a 14-point lead with 8:45 remaining. Middle Tennessee watched its comfortable lead dwindle when Austin Peay went on an 18-6 run to cut the Blue Raider lead to two at the half.

Middle Tennessee shot 41.5 percent from the field as opposed to the Lady Govs scorching 51 percent. The Blue Raiders also allowed Austin Peay 24 second chance points.

Freshman Johnna Abeny hit a career-high four three-pointers in the game and also scored a career-high 14 points. Orr also had a career-high 13 points. Givens who is averaging over 21 points per game, was held to just nine points by Austin Peay in the game.

Middle Tennessee plays its final non-conference game of the season when the Blue Raiders travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on the University of Virginia. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

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