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Govs lose heart-breaker at home

The Govs lost a 51-50 heart-breaker to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the Dunn Center on Saturday night.

The Govs were lead in scoring by Brianne Alexander with 15 points. Alexander was followed by junior Keisha Gregory, who finished the contest with 13 points.

Gregory also had a team high nine rebounds to go along with her scoring efforts.

The Gamecocks and Govs both shot around 33 percent from the field. The Gamecocks shot 22 percent beyond the arc, while the Govs were only able to shoot 20 percent.

Jacksonville State outrebounded the Govs 40 to 34, while making their second chance opportunities count.

The game featured plenty of turnovers as the Govs and Gamecocks combined for 29 on the day.

The game got off to an intense start as both teams jockeyed for an edge early. The Govs and Gamecocks remained even throughout the first quarter, heading into the second tied at 12 each.

A scary moment occurred in the first quarter as freshman Briannah Ferby came down hard during an offensive possession. Ferby exited the game and was unable to return.

Jacksonville State found the slightest of edges in the second quarter outscoring the Govs 13 to 12 in the second. The pace of the game remained relatively slow, with physical play as neither team found an edge early on.

Jacksonville State struck first in the second quarter, but a 3-pointer by Gregory gave the Govs the one point lead. The teams traded shots for the rest of the quarter, and the Gamecocks took the slim one point lead into the half.

The Govs came out of the break looking like a completely different team, only giving up six points the entire third quarter. They were able to outscore the opposition 16 to 6.

APSU opened up the third with a 10- 2 run, while suffocating the opposition on defense. Gregory and Alexander combined for 12 points in the third alone.

The Govs second half transformation did not last though, as the Govs only mustered up nine points in the fourth, while giving up 19.

APSU fouled late in the game, giving up free throws and falling behind by a single point. The Govs had a chance at the buzzer, however the ball was swatted away as time expired.

The Govs fall to 8-8 in conference play on the season, but sit at sixth place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings.

APSU play on the road at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

 

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