Gregory closes college basketball career with flourish

Johnson City Press • Apr 13, 2019 at 5:49 PM

Evidenced by its 15-15 record, Austin Peay’s women’s basketball team experienced an ordinary season.

That description, however, cannot be applied to the year turned in by senior guard Keisha Gregory, who led the Lady Governors in per-game minutes (30.8), points (13.6), assists (2.9) and steals (1.6).

The former Science Hill standout was the Ohio Valley Conference’s best foul shooter (88.9 percent) for the second straight year, plus she ranked second on her team in rebounds (4.9), 3-point buckets (41) and blocked shots (8).

Posting 24 double-digit scoring games, Gregory produced 10 or more points in 19 of her final 20 contests — recording all six of her 20-point performances during that span.

Gregory’s work didn’t go unnoticed. In fact, the daughter of late East Tennessee State women’s coach Karen Kemp received All-OVC first-team recognition.

Before Austin Peay lost to Tennessee Tech in the opening round of the league tournament, Lady Govs head coach David Midlick issued the following comment: "Keisha has had a great season on the court and as a leader by example. She has battled injuries and had multiple surgeries over her career.

"She lost her mother this season and has continued to be solid as a rock for this team. I am the lucky one to have been able to coach her."

As a junior, Gregory averaged 10.1 points and a team-high six boards a game. Her free-throw shooting yielded a school-record 94.5 percent success rate, and she pitched in a career-high 27 points against Eastern Illinois.

A three-year starter and four-year player for the Govs, Gregory finished her NCAA Division I career with 950 points (including 123 treys) and a Lady Govs-best 88.4 shooting percentage from the charity stripe. Among her additional figures are 478 rebounds, 222 assists and 135 steals.

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