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Three-point barrage sparks Lady Govs basketball to win

Nine three-pointers, including five by freshman Ashley Hardaway, sparked the APSU women's basketball team to a 78-66 victory against Jacksonville State Feb. 19 in Ohio Valley Conference action.

The win keeps the Lady Govs alive in the race for the eighth, and final, spot in the upcoming O'Reilly Auto Parts/Ohio Valley Conference tournament. APSU improved to 8-17 overall and 4-10 in conference play, moving within one game of eighth-place Murray State.
Nine three-pointers, including five by freshman Ashley Hardaway, sparked the APSU women's basketball team to a 78-66 victory against Jacksonville State Feb. 19 in Ohio Valley Conference action.

The win keeps the Lady Govs alive in the race for the eighth, and final, spot in the upcoming O'Reilly Auto Parts/Ohio Valley Conference tournament. APSU improved to 8-17 overall and 4-10 in conference play, moving within one game of eighth-place Murray State.

Early on the game was close, with neither team able to build more than a one-possession lead. Jacksonville State led by one point, 15-14, with 8:10 remaining before the Lady Govs' three-point barrage began. Hardaway hit the first of her five three-pointers in the period to give Austin Peay the lead with 7:52 remaining. JSU responded with a three-pointer, but then freshman Ashley McGee banked one in off the glass to give Austin Peay the lead, 20-17, with 7:18 remaining. Austin Peay would make nine field goals in the final eight minutes, seven coming from three-point range, including one just before halftime by Hardaway that gave APSU a 43-31 halftime lead.

Austin Peay would make that lead hold up throughout the second half as Jacksonville State could not narrow the gap any closer than nine points—63-54, with 8:26 remaining—in the second half.

APSU will look to keep its tourney hopes alive with a 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, contest at Tennessee Tech.
¬—Cody Bush