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Gonzalez-Varner sets rebounding record in loss

APSU Athletics Communications

By Riley Grubbs

Tnsports360.com

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Austin Peay’s Arielle Gonzalez-Varner set a program record for rebounds in a game with 23 against Mississippi Valley State at the Dunn Center Monday.

Despite Gonzalez-Varner’s effort, Austin Peay lost 96-89.

“I just went out there and did what I could,” Gonzalez-Varner said. “It would have been great if we could have come out with the win, but I am proud of my effort.”

“I’m proud of her effort.” Govs coach David Midlick. “She was around the basket all night and got her hands on the basketball.”

Gonzalez-Varner also finished with 32 points.

Keisha Gregory had 16 points and six assists, good for second on the team. Neija Crawford finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

Prior to the game, Mississippi Valley had posted a 2-28 record in its last 30 games against Division I opponents.

Mississippi Valley opened the game with a 10-2 run. Brianah Ferby nailed a corner 3-pointer to trim the lead to 10-5.

Austin Peay was plagued by turnovers throughout the night. The Govs had eight in the first quarter and ended the game with 26.

“A lot of them were unforced, which is a problem we can fix in practice and we plan on it.” Gonzalez-Varner said.

The Delta Devils led 24-22 at the end of the first quarter.

Austin Peay took a 32-31 lead in the second quarter; however, Mississippi Valley pushed a 10-0 run and later took a 44-38 halftime lead.

The second half did not get better for the Govs. After a big run to end the half, Mississippi Valley started the third quarter with an 8-0 run.

Austin Peay cut the lead to six, but the deficit grew to 12 by the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter Austin Peay fell behind 75-55.

“We weren’t very aggressive. We got aggressive when we were down, but it was too late.” Midlick said.

The Govs made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter during their attempted comeback.

Despite trimming the lead to three-points, Mississippi Valley kept enough space to hold out 95-89.

The win was Mississippi Valley’s first of the season, while the Governors drop to 2-3.

Riley Grubbs is an intern with Tnsports360.com. Questions and comments can be directed to jtrodglen@tnsports360.com.

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