Austin Peay captures OVC title
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Third-seeded Austin Peay stunned No. 1 seed Tennessee Tech, 65-63, Saturday at the Gaylord Entertainment Center to win the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
Austin Peay (17-13) earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Its last NCAA tourney appearance was 1996.
The Lady Governors avenged two one-sided regular season losses to Tennessee Tech (24-6), the OVC regular season champion. The Golden Eaglettes had defeated Austin Peay 87-64 and 102-69 in the two previous meetings. Tennessee Tech, which never led after Tiffany Swoffard put Austin Peay ahead 17-15 with 10:46 to play in the first half, had a chance to tie the game on its final possession.
After Austin Peay's Kelly Chavez missed the front end of a one-and-one situation with eight seconds remaining, the Golden Eaglettes brought the ball downcourt for a final shot. However, OVC Player of the Year Janet Holt's running five-footer bounced off the back of the rim just before the final buzzer sounded.
Paige Smith led Austin Peay with 16 points, followed by tournament MVP Brooke Armistead with 12 and Jocelyn Duke with 10.
Holt was outstanding for the Golden Eaglettes, finishing with a game-high 34 points, 11 of 20 field goals and 12 of 12 free throws. She scored eight of Tennessee Tech's final 10 points. No other Tennessee Tech player scored more than six.
Armistead was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Smith and Gerlonda Hardin, Tennessee Tech's Holt and Misty Garrett and Travece Turner of Morehead State.