Appalachian State University women's basketball (11-9, 5-4 SBC) bounced back in a big way with a wire-to-wire 80-58 win over ULM (7-13, 1-8 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
It was a balanced scoring effort for the Apps, who saw four players score in double figures. All 11 Mountaineers who got into the game earned their way into the scoring column.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C/Bandys) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) each scored a game-high 16 points. Plummer corralled a game-best 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and shot 7-of-13 from the floor en route to tying a season high in points. In addition, the junior blocked three shots.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) ended her scoring slump of six straight games without scoring in double figures by dropping an efficient 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and four off the glass. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) rounded out the leaders with 10 points and a pair of 3-pointers. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) came off the bench to lead the team with four assists to just one turnover in 15 minutes.
Appalachian wasted no time in getting off to a strong start. The Apps jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first 5:10 of the game. Later in the frame, Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) hit a pair of trifectas within a 1:26 span that extended the lead to 11, 17-6. Five straight points by Story ended the period, leading to a 22-8 edge at the end of the first. App dominated on both ends of the floor, as it held ULM to just 30.8 percent from the field in the period.
The Mountaineers kept their foot on the pedal in the second period by eventually ballooning their edge to as much as 17 with under a minute left in the half. ULM closed the gap to 37-26 with 3:03 left in the half before Appalachian ended the stanza on a 6-0 spurt for the 43-26 lead.
Coming out of the second half, Polacek scored five of the first seven points for App. The trifecta and jumper moments later gave the visitors a 50-32 cushion. ULM wouldn't come within less than 14 points the rest of the way. Appalachian's largest lead came in the final minute of the game when Haile McDonald muscled her way for an offensive rebound and finished with a putback. The freshman scored her first collegiate points after rehabbing through an ACL injury she suffered before arriving to App.
Following a 9-for-20 performance from the line on Thursday, the Apps improved at the charity stripe with a 16-of-20 showing. The Mountaineers also dominated inside the paint tying a season high with 46 points.
Appalachian returns home on Thursday at noon against Texas State for Education Day.
"This was a great bounce-back win. To come back from the loss on Thursday, then come back and put on the performance we did, it shows a sign of growth." - Head coach Angel Elderkin
- Plummer is now tied for seventh all-time in career rebounds with 757. She is tied with Jamie Gagliano (1997-01).
- The 22-point win on the road is the largest win away from the Holmes Center since a 23-point win at Radford (83-60) during the 2013-14 season.
- The 1.16 points per possession is a season high.
- Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) led the team in plus/minus at plus-21. The sophomore scored six points, grabbed six boards and tied a career high with three assists.
- App State is now 10-0 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
- The Mountaineers' nine turnovers ties a season low.
- Wilson is now 9-for-11 from beyond the arc at ULM in two games.