Middle Tennessee 73, Austin Peay 56
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Jessica Beaty scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday to lead Middle Tennessee over Austin Peay 73-56 in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
The Blue Raiders (19-8) play top-seeded Tennessee State in the semifinals Sunday. Austin Peay finished the year with a 15-12 record.
Middle Tennessee was up 36-28 at the break. A 12-4 second-half run, capped by Beaty’s layup at 4:01, put Middle Tennessee up 63-47. The Blue Raiders connected on free throws down the stretch to stay out of range.
Sherry Tucker led all scorers with 17 points for Middle Tennessee. Natalie Sneed added 10.
Sonie White led Austin Peay with 12 points, and Colleen Polzin added 11. Carrie Thompson scored 10.