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Road trips abound for Lady Govs in 2004-05

Fans of Austin Peays womens basketball team will have to endure a long and winding road during the upcoming 2004-05 season, according to the schedule released by the Austin Peay athletics department.

The Lady Govs have just two regular-season non-conference home games scheduled in 2004. Austin Peay opens its regular season with a Nov. 19 contest against Troy (formerly Troy State). However, it will be 39 days before they return to the friendly confines for a Dec. 28 contest against Evansville.
Fans of Austin Peay's women's basketball team will have to endure a long and winding road during the upcoming 2004-05 season, according to the schedule released by the Austin Peay athletics department.

The Lady Govs have just two regular-season non-conference home games scheduled in 2004. Austin Peay opens its regular season with a Nov. 19 contest against Troy (formerly Troy State). However, it will be 39 days before they return to the friendly confines for a Dec. 28 contest against Evansville.

Austin Peay will play in two in-season tournaments during the season. The first is hosted by Saint Louis, Nov. 26 and 27, with APSU facing Butler in the tournament's first round and then playing either Saint Louis or Alabama A&M in the second round. The Lady Govs then head southward for a tournament hosted by Southern Miss, Dec. 3-4. Austin Peay squares off against American in first-round action before facing either Columbia or Southern Miss in the tournament's second round.

Four teams on the 2004-2005 schedule reached post-season action in 2003-2004, highlighted by in-state rivals Chattanooga (Dec. 11) and Middle Tennessee (Dec. 21), which both reached the NCAA Tournament's second round. Western Kentucky (Nov. 23) reached the WNIT quarterfinals while Charlotte (Jan. 2) advanced to the second round. The Lady Govs will play all four teams on the road.

“Our intent was to play the toughest schedule we could find and still be competitive,” says Andy Blackston, Austin Peay's head women's basketball coach. “Also we set up the preseason schedule to show us what we have to get better at before we start conference play. I believe this schedule will make us road tough.”

The 2004-05 Ohio Valley Conference schedule is reversed from last year, with the Lady Govs at home for their first four conference contests. That homestand—the season's longest—will have Austin Peay hosting Southeast Missouri, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. However, the Lady Govs end the season with six of their final eight conference games on the road, including season-ending trips to OVC perennial powers Tennessee Tech (Feb. 22) and Eastern Kentucky (Feb. 26).

“What goes around comes around,” says Blackston. “Certainly we would rather be at home at the end of the year. But if we perform well at home at the beginning of the conference schedule we should have an opportunity to be in contention. I also believe that this is where our preseason schedule will pay off for us.”

The 2005 Ohio Valley Conference tournament will be held at campus sites, March 1, before returning to Gaylord Entertainment Center, March 4-5, for the tournament semifinals and championship.

The Lady Govs will play two pre-season exhibition games in the Dunn Center. Cumberland (Tenn.) visits Clarksville on Nov. 9 followed by a Nov. 13 contest against the Tavine All-Stars. Season ticket information is available by calling (931) 221-7761 or by visiting http://www.apsu.edu/letsgopeay.
—Cody Bush