"We were never in sync all night long," said Marshall coach Royce Chadwick. "And that had a lot to do with Austin Peay's defense."
The Lady Governors limited Marshall to just 27% shooting on the night (17-of-63), and Marshall managed to convert 21 offensive rebounds into only 14 points.
Austin Peay's Cassandra Peek dribbled past Marshall's Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (left) and Catie Knable in the Lady Governors' 53-50 win over Marshall on Monday night. The loss ended MU's unbeaten streak at five games.
Despite a close 28-27 Austin Peay lead at the half, Marshall never bounced back like Chadwick thought they would at some point in the game. Ashley Haynes' jumper with 6:37 left propelled the Lady Governors out to their largest lead of 12 points, at 47-35.
"Too many lapses on offense," was Chadwick's assessment."They [Austin Peay] did a really good job of keeping us out of sync."
Marshall mounted a desperate last-minute surge, led by Kim Griffin. Griffin singlehandedly cut the lead to only two points, 52-50, with :32 left after stealing the ball from AP's Haynes and making one of two foul shots.
"We had an opportunity to do something miraculous," summed up Chadwick, "but you can't keep digging holes and hoping you can pull it out in the last five minutes."
However, AP's Cassandra Peek made one of two free throws in the last 24 seconds to bump the Lady Governors up to 53-50. Last-second shots by Mary Pat Statler and Catie Knable fell short, however, sealing the Austin Peay win over Marshall.
Kim Griffin was the lone Marshall scorer in double figures with 10 points, while Catie Knable was the only Marshall player with double figure rebounds, with 11.
Austin Peay had three players in double figures: Kera Bergerson with 13, Ashley Haynes with 12, and Jessica Grayson had 10 points.
"I felt like if the score was low, we were in trouble," said Chadwick. "The score was low, and we were in trouble."
Marshall's unbeaten streak is ended at 5-1 with the loss, while Austin Peay improves to 4-3 overall with the win.
The Marshall women's team now goes on a road swing to Texas this week, playing at Texas Pan American on Friday night, and then moving on to play Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon.