Going into Saturday’s game against Southeastern Missouri, a win for the Governors basketball team would not have necessarily guaranteed a spot in the OVC tournament.
The game between Eastern Kentucky University and Tennessee Technological University was the deciding factor for the Governors to clench a spot in the OVC tournament.
With Eastern Kentucky projected to win the matchup, even with a win by the Governors, EKU would advance in the tie due to winning against the Governors earlier in the season.
A loss by the Governors, however, would bring their season to an end with EKU going on to the tournament.
With the way the two games lined up, the EKU Colonels would know at halftime the result of the Governors game against Southeast Missouri and would then know what was on the line for their spot into the tournament.
Tennessee Tech rose to the occasion and pulled off a 10-point victory over EKU 92-82 and with the Governors knocking off Southeast Missouri 83-75, the Governors clinched their spot in the OVC tournament that will begin Wednesday, March. 2 at 6 p.m. against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in Nashville, Tennessee.
Going into the game Saturday night the Lady Govs could have ended up seeded anywhere from fifth all the way down to the eighth spot all based on the outcomes of Murray State and Tennessee Tech’s games, as well as their own against Southeast Missouri for the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Govs were able to pull off the 74-71 win against the Redhawks putting them at .500 for the season in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11, season according to letsgopeay.com.
With Tennessee Tech and Murray State both losing in their matchups and APSU defeating Southeast Missouri, APSU clinched the fifth seed for the tournament. This gives Tiasha Gray a chance to finish her college career even further in the record books.
Having already put herself in the record books as the fifth woman in the OVC to reach 300 career steals, Gray also leads career steals for the APSU books and will look to move into second place for career points at APSU to accompany her second place in career assists.
The Lady Govs will head to the OVC tournament in Nashville, Tennessee to face Eastern Kentucky University Thursday, March 4 at noon.