The Northern Kentucky women’s basketball team fell to Austin Peay on Tuesday evening by a final score of 53-52. The Governors hit a shot with 3.9 seconds left in the contest to get the victory and extend their winning streak to seven games. NKU sits at 1-6 on the season, while Austin Peay advances to 7-1.
Molly Glick led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting and brought down six rebounds.
Kailey Coffey added 16 points, a new career best, and a team-best eight rebounds. Six of her points came from the charity stripe with a flawless free throw performance.
Laura Thomas played a career-high 29 minutes and finished with five points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
Glick scored 11 points in the first quarter for the Norse, but Austin Peay was able to take a 15-13 advantage into the second quarter courtesy of a 75.0 shooting percentage.
Austin Peay outscored NKU 15-6 in the second quarter to take a 30-19 advantage into halftime.
The Norse shot 7-of-22 (31.8%) in the half, while the Governors went 11-of-20 (55.0%) on field goals.
NKU out-rebounded Austin Peay 16-9 in the half, which included seven offensive boards for the Norse.
The Governors’ Falon Baker was the leading scorer in the half with 14 points on 5-of-8 (62.5%) shooting.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
The Norse picked up the intensity in the third quarter, and went on a 10-0 run to take a 41-38 lead with 47 seconds left in the period. Coffey had eight points in the quarter for NKU.
NKU and Austin Peay were tied 42-42 at the end of the third quarter.
Things were fairly even in the fourth quarter, as neither team led by more than two points.
With the score tied 48-48, Laura Thomas converted two free throws to give the Norse a 50-48 lead.
Austin Peay responded with a three-point play to take a 51-50 advantage, but Samari Mowbray’s layup put the Norse ahead 52-51 with 30 seconds to play.
Baker made a tough shot with 3.9 seconds to give Austin Peay a 53-52 lead, after which NKU called timeout to draw up a play. The Norse had an open look in the closing seconds, but the shot just missed as time expired.
The Norse shot 13-of-22 (59.0%) in the half, and held the Governors to just 10-of-31 (32.3%) shooting.
NKU finished the game 20-of-43 (46.5%) from the floor, while Austin Peay shot 21-of-51 (41.2%).
The Norse outrebounded the Governors 31-24.
NKU forced 16 turnovers thanks in part to seven steals.
The Norse had a good showing at the free throw line, finishing the game 9-of-10 (90%) from the charity stripe.
NKU held the advantage in the paint with 28 points down low, compared to 20 for APSU. However, the Governors converted 21 Norse turnovers in 19 points.
After the Governors shot 60.0 percent from long range in the first half with six triples, NKU held Austin Peay scoreless from 3-point range for the remainder of the contest.
The Norse assisted on 14-of-20 field goals. Behind Thomas’ five, Grace White added three dimes to her stat line, while Taryn Taugher and Mikayla Terry had two apiece.
The Indiana Hoosiers come to town on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at BB&T Arena, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Assistant Athletic Communications Director
Northern Kentucky University