The Jacksonville State Women’s Basketball team late rally falls short to Austin Peay 57-54.
JSU, who was undefeated at home, now has a 5-1 record at home. The Gamecocks are 10-5 overall and stand 1-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
For the last 13 minutes of the game, JSU held Austin Peay to only six points. JSU went on an 11-3 run to cut the lead down to 10 with 6:15 left in the game. Candace Morton scored seven of those 11.
Austin Peay continuously missed field goals and free throws which helped the Gamecocks stay alive. With 19 seconds left in the game, Morton brought JSU within four points with a layup and free throw due to an Austin Peay foul. Tyler Phelion hit a layup to bring JSU within two points with six seconds left. The Gamecocks had to either foul or steal the ball, so they fouled with six seconds still left. Austin Peay made one of the two free throws, so JSU was only down by three. Jacksonville State grabbed the rebound and drove down the court. Destiny James launched a three that was on target, but fell short.
The Gamecocks had three players in double-digits in points. Destany McLin and Morton both had 12 points while Miranda Cantrell scored 10.
Phelion pulled down 12 rebounds for the game high, but JSU was still out-rebounded 55-41 in the game and shot 29 percent from the field.
“We had the opportunities. So, while we defended well enough, we just couldn’t make any shots,” said head coach Rick Pietri in the post-game interview.
After scoring first and seeing two-tied scores, Austin Peay started to pull away from JSU. Austin Peay went on a 16-5 run during a six-minute span in the first half to go up 36-19 with 4:47 left. Jacksonville State still managed to finish strong with a 9-3 run to end the half and just be down 39-28 at halftime.
Austin Peay found their largest lead in the second half when they went up by 18 with 13:31 left in the game. JSU would then make their comeback, but only to come up short.
Despite the loss, JSU finished strong.
“We still kept the fight defensively and hung in there and found a way to make it a one-possession game,” said coach Pietri. “We fought to give ourselves a chance, unfortunately, we just didn’t make enough baskets to actually win it.”
The JSU Women will have another home game this Saturday where they will face Murray State at 2 p.m.