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Lady Govs winless in San Antonio

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Austin Peay’s Symantha Norton (23), left, Tiasha Gray (1), Jennifer Nwokocha (21) and Shira Buley (3) sit on the bench as an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville ends on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Clarksville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

The Lady Govs were unable record a victory over the break in San Antonio, as they fell to Texas-San Antonio 67-69 on Friday, Nov. 23, and William & Mary, 88-76, on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The Lady Govs let the first game slip away from them, going back and forth with the Roadrunners all game.

After starting cold, the Lady Govs used a 23-9 run to build a 24-17 first-half lead, but fell victim to another slump. APSU missed their first five shots of the game and missed their final 12 of the half, allowing UTSA to end the half on a 15-1 and go into halftime with a 32-25 lead.

UTSA built a 12 point lead before the Lady Govs put together an 11-0 run in the second half to pull within one, but that would be as close as they would come. Although the Lady Govs kept it close, they never grabbed the lead in the second half, despite coming close in the final minutes thanks to clutch shooting from Nicole Olszewski.

In their next game, the Lady Govs started slow again, but this time never recovered. William & Mary lead the entire game thanks to a great start. The Tribe started the game on fire, making 11 of their first 13 shots, helping to build an early 22-8 lead.

After benching most of her starters, head coach Carrie Daniels played a young lineup that kept up with the red-hot Tribe, but could not put a large dent into their deficit, sending APSU into halftime down, 43-34.

The second half did not treat the Lady Govs any better. William & Mary shot even better in the second half, building as large a lead as 20 points with just over 13 minutes remaining. The Lady Govs scrapped back to lighten the deficit before falling 88-76.

The one bright spot for APSU was Olszewski making the all-tournament first team. She averaged 14 points in the two games, all of them coming in the second half of both games. Her 5-8 shooting from three-point range helped to bring the Lady Govs close in the end in both games.

The tournament leaves the Lady Govs record at 1-5. They will look to recover as they go to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Nov. 28, and returning home for a women-men basketball doubleheader, taking on Ball State on Saturday, Dec. 1, right before the men play Fairfield.

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