UTM left behind as APSU gals run

UTM left behind as APSU gals run
CLARKSVILLE — Austin Peay went for a run and the UT Martin women all but stood still.
As a result, the UT Martin women suffered a 69-61 setback on Thursday.
The Lady Govs used a 17-4 run to tie the game at 45-all when Meghan Bussabarger made a layup with 10:17 to play in the game. UT Martin’s Alecia Weatherly sank two free throws and gave the Skyhawks a 47-45 advantage and Beth Hawn hit a jumper and the Skyhawks led 49-47 but that was the last time the visiting team had an advantage.
“We were out of sync tonight,” said Kevin McMillan, the second-year UT Martin head coach. “No one played to lose this game, but we did so many things that are uncharacteristic of us. We missed shots we usually make, we made turnovers.”
UT Martin built a 34-22 lead at the half as freshman Heather Butler tossed in 12 points. The Skyhawks were able to hold on to the lead until Faulkner knocked down a 3-pointer with 8:20 to play.
In the nightcap, the league-leading Austin Peay men shot 61 percent for the game and routed UT Martin by an 82-53 margin.
Both UT Martin teams return to the hardwood on Saturday at Tennessee State. The women’s game is to tipoff at 5:30.
APSU 69, UTM 61 (W)
The Skyhawk women (13-0, 8-3 in OVC action) shot 38 percent from the field and just 29 percent from 3-point range on Thursday. After making a season-low five turnovers at Murray State this past Saturday, the Skyhawks committed 17 turnovers Thursday against Austin Peay (8-16, 7-5).
“We have to learn how to play for 40 minutes,” McMillan said. “We were able to turn the switch on and overcome against Murray State and Eastern Illinois, but it doesn’t work that way. We have to play for 40 minutes. We have been telling them this all season, but tonight they decided to touch the hot burner.”
Butler, who missed the first game against Austin Peay because she was sick, led the Skyhawks with 19 points.
Weatherly, the only senior on the team, scored 11 points, while Hawn came off the bench to score 10 points.
APSU 82, UTM 53 (M)
Troy King and Mike Liabo combined to score 22 of UT Martin’s final 24 points on Thursday. King finished the night with 20 points.
Meanwhile, Liabo poured in 15 of his career-high 19 points in the second half for the Skyhawks (8-16, 3-9 OVC).
TyShwan Edmondson led the Governors with 16 points, while John Fraley (14 points), Will Triggs (12) and Melvin Baker (10) also reached double-figures for Austin Peay (15-9, 9-3 OVC).
“That’s one of the best teams in the league and, if you’re not ready to play, you’re going to get blown out and that’s what happened,” Skyhawk head coach Jason James said. “We turned the ball over a lot — that’s 20 extra possessions that the other team got and we didn’t get. You just can’t do that in the OVC.”

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