A fourth-quarter surge from Radford (1-0) doomed App State women's basketball (0-2) in a 61-40 setback on Sunday afternoon in the Dedmon Center.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the team with 11 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds, giving the sophomore her first double-double of the season and the third of her career. The Thomasville, N.C. native stepped up in the second half where she scored 10 of her 11 points in the stanza and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field after missing all four of her shots in the first half.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rocklege) had an efficient performance with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting and five rebounds, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) also turned in eight points. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) contributed seven points off the bench to lead the reserves, which was a season high for the first-year Mountaineer.
The Mountaineers gave the Preseason Big South favorites all they could handle until Radford's 23-6 run over the final 7:49 of the contest helped the hosts pull away. Radford shot 58.8 percent in the fourth quarter alone while entering the fourth quarter, the Apps held RU to just 30 percent shooting from the floor.
It was a low-scoring affair in the first half where each team shot below 33 percent. Trailing 7-1 in the opening frame, App State scored six of the next 10 points to go into the second period with a four-point deficit, 11-7.
Trailing 12-7 in the second frame, Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) sparked a 10-2 run over a 2:48 span with five-straight points before back-to-back layups from Stanley and Gosnell capped off the spark to give App a 17-14 edge. With the momentum shifted to the Black and Gold, Radford would respond with a run of its own over the last 6:26 of the first half to retake the lead at four points. 22-18.
Despite a Jen Falconer 3-pointer that extended RU's lead to seven in the opening minutes of the third frame, 25-18, the Mountaineers fought back to tie up the contest at 29-29 with 4:25 left in the quarter. Plummer and Wilson spearheaded the surge with all nine of App State's points during a 9-4 spark.
Once again the Highlanders answered scoring seven of the next points to go into the final frame with a 36-30 lead. Appalachian dwindled the deficit to four points, 38-34, with 7:49 left in the game. Although the Highlanders showed why they have won 17 games in a row at home with the late surge it needed to clinch the win.
Through the first two games of the season, Plummer is averaging 12.5 rebounds per game.
The trio of Plummer, Stanley and Mathews shot a combined 11-for-18 from the floor and 24 points.
Appalachian will look to rebound on Wednesday against former SoCon rival, ETSU on Wednesday at 6 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.