COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech misfired on its first seven 3-point attempts Saturday night, but once they found the range the Golden Eagles were deadly, making eight of their next nine attempts and finishing the game going 13-for-24.
By scorching the nets from long range, coach Jim Davis’
team was able to claim a 73-51 victory over Austin Peay in Eblen
Center, allowing the Golden Eagles to gain some ground in the East
Division of the Ohio Valley Conference women’s basketball
Tech improved to 11-9 overall and 5-2 within the league, pulling to within one game of leader Belmont and tied for second with Eastern Kentucky. Austin Peay, playing in the West Division, fell to 5-14 overall and 0-7 in the OVC.
Seniors Kellie Cook and Jala Harris were the snipers who lit the fuse Saturday. Cook was 5-for-6 in the first half and finished the game 7-for-9 for a game-high 23 points. She also tied for the team lead with six rebounds as the Golden Eagles owned a 36-24 advantage on the boards.
Harris, meanwhile, was 5-for-6 from long range and contributed 17 points and eight assists. Diamond Henderson also reached double figures in scoring, adding 12 points.
Meghan Bussabarger topped APSU with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Leslie Martinez had a solid all-around game, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.
A bomb from the corner by Cook made it a 10-5 Tech lead early, and the Golden Eagles took their margin up to 13 points, 21-8, as Cook hit three more. Cook was 5-for-6 from the distance in the first half and went to the break with 15 points.
But Austin Peay fought back with a couple of 3-pointers, one by Nicole Olszewski and one from Martinez, and the Lady Govs were back within five points, 21-16, with 6:02 to play in the half.
APSU got within four, 26-22, with 2:23 left on a layup by Jenifer Nwokocha, and again with 36 second left when a layup by Martinez made it 30-26. Henderson’s 3-pointer from the corner with three seconds to play too it to halftime with a seven-point difference.
Martinez scored the first two baskets of the second half, and following two free throws from Nwochoka, the Lady Govs were within one point, 33-32, with 15:42 to play. APSU got within one two more times, and each time the Golden Eagles had an answer, twice from Molly Heady and once from T’Keyah Williams.
Cook knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and Harris added another, and the lead suddenly was back to a dozen, 48-36, with 10:11 remaining.
Tech slowly added to its lead over the next six minutes, eventually making it a 20-point lead with 2:06 to play. The final 22-point edge was the largest lead of the game.
Tech finished the game hitting 53.2 percent from the floor (25-for-47) and 54.2 percent from outside the arc. Austin Peay was 19-for-55 for 34.5 percent overall, and went 3-for-21 from long range for 14.3 percent. Both teams were 10-for-12 at the free throw line.
Tech hosts Murray State Monday night in Eblen Center, with tipoff at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit or call the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center at (931) 372-3940.