Appalachian State has named Liane Blyn the new Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports, Assistant A.D. of Athletic Performance Mike Sirignano announced on Tuesday.
Blyn will oversee all sport performance training, nutrition, and programming for Olympic Sports at Appalachian.
"We are very excited to have Liane join our staff,” Sirignano said. “Liane is someone who mentored me early in my career. Her principles and training techniques are the base of my program to this day. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be a great dynamic for our Olympic sports. Her enthusiasm, and more importantly her competitive drive, will be contagious for our athletes."
Blyn brings more than 20 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field to the Mountaineers’ sports performance program. She spent the early part of her career on college campuses serving as strength and conditioning coach at Northern Arizona, Nevada, Boston College, and Arizona State.
While at Nevada, Blyn oversaw the development and implementation of the strength and conditioning program for women’s basketball, alpine and nordic skiing, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. She also assisted with the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, men’s basketball, and football.
At Boston College and Arizona State, Blyn served in similar roles designing and implementing year-round sports performance programs for softball, soccer, women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. In this role she served as that liaison to the sports medicine staff and assisted with overseeing the budget and day-to-day operations of the weight room.
Blyn used her years of experience in the industry to open her own sports performance facility that focused on the development of athletes of all ages. She successfully trained and developed high school athletes and also taught seminars on current trends and issues with youth sports.
Most recently Blyn served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Franklin High School in Massachusetts. In this role, she worked with all sports programs to develop an effective and comprehensive speed, strength, and conditioning program for all athletes.
"Liane has worked with all levels of athletes from adolescent to professionals,” Sirignano added. “Her wealth of experience, not only in the weight room but also the training room as a certified athletic trainer, will prove crucial in the development of our athletes.”
Blyn was a dual sport student-athlete competing in field hockey and softball at Endicott College. She also has over of 20 years of professional powerlifting experience in which she currently holds 21 world records, has 13 national titles, five master national titles and has 11 top three podium finishes at the world championships. She captured her most recent world championship weeks ago on Nov. 18 in Orlando, Fla. at International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships, where she placed first in the world.
Blyn is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, U.S.A powerlifting association, and the North American Strongman Society. She will be moving to Boone with her husband, Rich.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s late second half push and Isaac Johnson’s (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) first career double-double were not enough in Appalachian’s 80-72 loss at Charlotte on Monday night.
The Mountaineers (2-4) were led by the true freshman Johnson who totaled his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson finished 6-of-8 from the field and five of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Freshman Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) led the Black and Gold in scoring with 14 points, while also notching seven rebounds in the effort. Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) both finished in double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Appalachian State outrebounded Charlotte 37-32, including a staggering 18-7 advantage on the offensive glass, however, both teams posted 12 second-chance points in the contest.
At halftime, the 49ers (4-2) held a slim 46-41 lead despite red-hot shooting as the Niners connected on 63.3 percent (19-30) of its first half field goals.
In their own right, the Mountaineers shot 47.2 percent (17-36) in the opening half and had whittled two double-digit Charlotte leads down to just five at the break.
The 49ers pushed its halftime lead to 11 and as many as 13 points at 60-47 with 13:37 on the clock to open the second half of play. The Mountaineers would trim a nine-point deficit down to just five at 65-60 with a layup from Johnson and two free throws from Robinson.
Despite the short run, Charlotte answered and pushed its lead back to double-digits at 11 with a 73-62 lead and 6:47 to play.
The Black and Gold would engineer a 10-2 run sparked by layup from Johnson and including consecutive 3-pointers from Robinson and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) which forced a 49er timeout.
App State would pull to within four points on a Shabazz free throw at 76-72, but would not get any closer. A layup and two free throws from the Niners would seal the eight-point victory for Charlotte.
Jon Davis led the 49ers and all scorers with a game-high 19 points.
Appalachian State will return to the floor on Saturday, Dec. 3 when it hosts Western Carolina at 3:30 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.
Notes: Isaac Johnson recorded the first double-double of his career with a season-high 12 points and 10 rebounds … Johnson now leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per game … Kelvin Robinson scored in double-figures for the second consecutive game and third time this season with a season-high 14 points … Robinson also tallied a season-high seven rebounds … Jake Babic scored in double-figures for the third time in six games this season - last year Babic scored double-digit points on just one occasion … for the fifth time this season, Appalachian State outrebounded its opponent … the Apps also garnered a season-high 18 offensive boards.
After receiving the All-District honor, Appalachian State University men’s soccer forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the second team College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-America for his 3.63 GPA in his actuarial sciences degree.
Chapman joins players from Bowling Green, West Virginia, North Carolina, UCLA, Stanford, South Carolina, Charlotte, NC State and Louisville as part of the 33 players selected to one of the three academic all-American teams.
The Greensboro-native was a leader for the Mountaineers both in the classroom and on the field, being a constant offensive threat this year, ranking second in the Sun Belt Conference in goals (eight), third in points (18) and ninth in shots (30).
His best conference game of the season game against Howard at home when he buried a penalty kick late in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead before lasering in a goal later to seal the win.
The senior adds this recognition to a stellar year that included first team All-Sun Belt honors as well as receiving the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award once this season, leading the team in all offensive categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.
The Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Women’s Basketball team, and Head Coach Tisha England, looks to renew the cross town rivalry with Caldwell CC&TI Cobras by adding them to their home slate in December. The newly added game will be played on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm at the Tarlton Complex on the CVCC campus. Admission will be free to the public.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (3-3) stormed a furious comeback in the second half but fell short, 65-62, to College of Charleston (2-3) Sunday afternoon in the home opener at the Holmes Center.
Appalachian faced a slow start and a 22-point deficit in the first half, but outscored the Cougars, 42-28, in the second to cut the deficit down to just one on a few occasions in the fourth quarter but could never overtake the visitors. With the Apps trailing 63-62, CofC’s Shiclasia Brown would hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three points with 10 seconds on the clock.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth), coming off her buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Wednesday at ETSU, looked to make more magic happen. With four seconds left, she hoisted a shot from beyond the arc at the top of the key and narrowly missed, leading to the Cougars’ second win of the season.
Jones scored a career-high 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field along with six boards. The senior guard again performed very well in the second half scoring 22 points on a 75 percent (9-for-12) performance from the floor. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) was the other Mountaineer in double figures with a season-high 14 points and a personal-best 14 off the glass for her third double-double of her career and the first of the season.
Jones and Carter scored 43 of App State’s 62 points and shot 50 percent from the floor.
If it wasn’t for a slow start and 18-missed free throws (23-41), the Apps could be talking about a 4-2 start to the season. The Apps’ 41 free throw attempts is a season high while it’s the fifth time in six games Appalachian has attempted 30 or more foul shots.
The Cougars came out of the gate with a 13-1 lead in the first 4:23 of the game, holding the Apps to 0-for-5 shooting from the field and four turnovers. App State wouldn’t find its first field goal until the 3:16 mark of the opening frame thanks to Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin). CofC held App to 30.8 percent shooting from the floor and six turnovers en route to a 21-8 cushion.
CofC stayed in front during the second quarter and ballooned its lead to 22, 34-12, with 4:16 to go in the half. App State found some momentum ending the frame on an 8-3 run. Carter and Jones scored all eight points during the run to help dwindle the lead down to 17, 37-20.
It was a different App State team in the third quarter as a 13-0 run while trailing 41-20 brought the Black and Gold back to within single digits, 41-33. Appalachian held CofC to a 3:47 scoring drought, forced five turnovers and missed all three shots it attempted. The Apps showed aggressiveness, especially getting to the boards as they hustled for six offensive rebounds including five after a missed foul shot.
Appalachian continued to claw its way back the rest of the quarter, closing the gap to seven (52-45) going into the final period. The Mountaineers dominated the Cougars, 25-15, in the frame while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and holding CofC to 36.4 percent. Appalachian forced seven CofC turnovers into 14 points and held a 14-8 advantage in the paint and grabbed six offensive boards.
In the fourth quarter, Appalachian went on another run that covered seven points in 4:29 to bring the hosts to its close margin since the first quarter at one, 51-52. App State scored its first six points from the charity stripe thanks to four different Mountaineers.
After Breanna Bolden and Tanisha Brown scored five of the next seven points to put the Cougars up by four, 57-53, Madi Story (Maiden, N.C. /Bandys) scored three-straight points to close the gap to one, 57-56. CofC responded with a 6-0 spurt over the next 2:26 to stretch the advantage to six, 63-57 before Appalachian would come back and get a chance to tie in the closing seconds.
Bolden scored 18 points but had to work for it shooting 6-for-17 from the field. Tanisha Brown recorded a double-double for the Cougars with 17 points and 10 boards.
App State grabbed a season-high 19 offensive rebounds for 19-second chance points, which was also a season-best. Appalachian turned 19 CofC turnovers into season-high 27 points off the miscues.
App State will look to bounce back against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday at 12 p.m. for the annual Education Day contest in the Holmes Center.
- Jones is the first player since Maryah Sydnor in 2013-14 to score 15 or more points in five-straight games.
- Jones is also the first player since Maryah Sydnor in 2014-15 to score 20 or more points in two-straight games.
- Carter is the first Mountaineer this season to record at least 10 boards.
- Bassett-Smith is just two blocks away from 100-career swats.
- Jones was a team-best plus-7 in 35 minutes.
- Story played a game-high 38 minutes, the fourth time in the past five games she’s played 35 or more minutes.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (2-3) fell to Chowan (3-1) by a 78-76 score Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Hawks were led by Marco Haskins (Fredericksburg, Va.) with a game-high 19 points to go along with five three-pointers while Hank Edmonds (Columbia, S.C.) added 15 points off the bench in the victory.
For the second straight game, junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) led the way with 17 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bears.
Chowan was able to rally from a 61-55 deficit with 8:15 remaining in the contest to take the victory. With the score tied at 71 with 1:12 left, the Hawks’ Kevin Kuteyi (Lanham, Md.) hit the game-winning three-pointer. Kuteyi finished with 14 points in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne had a chance to win but a three-point attempt from the corner rimmed out as time expired. Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added 14 points for the Bears, who hit 14 treys in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight setback, also received 12 points each from senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) and junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and connected on 12-of-13 free throw attempts.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday, November 30, when the Bears travel to Harrogate, Tenn., to face Lincoln Memorial at 7:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University wrestling downed No. 25 North Carolina in a down-to-the-wire battle, 16-15, on Sunday afternoon at Varsity Gym to improve to 3-0 for the fifth time in program history.
In a revenge match from 2014-15 when the Mountaineers lost by one point late to the Tar Heels, 23rd-ranked Appalachian edged out head coach JohnMark Bentley’s alma mater. The win gives the Black and Gold their second victory over a nationally ranked opponent this season and their second victory against a Power 5 school this season – a program first since year-by-year results were first recorded in 1990-91.
With only two major decisions and one technical fall on the day, the match was neck-and-neck, as the Mountaineers and Tar Heels (1-1) vied for every weight class.
Appalachian fell behind early in the team score as UNC’s James Szymanski defeated senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) on an 8-4 decision to open the day. But freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) battled the Apps back in, tying the team score up when he downed Tyrone Klump by 5-0 decision in the 133-pound weight class.
The balance beam continued to sway as No. 8 141-pounder, Joey Ward of North Carolina, defeated sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) by a 12-3 major decision before No. 11 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.C./St. Joseph Regional) won a come-from-behind barn-burner against Troy Heilmann, 7-6.
Riding the momentum of Zovistoski’s comeback victory, freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) upset North Carolina’s No. 16 Joey Moon with a huge 5-2 decision in the 157-pound weight class.
The 165- and 174-pound classes went win and loss for the Mountaineers, as No. 17 Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) dropped John Clark in a 5-0 decision before Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) fell the No. 8 Ethan Ramos in a 20-5 technical fall.
The nail-biter of the night came in the 184-pound match when junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) took Elijah Kerr-Brown to overtime tied at 2-2. Peters-Logue battled hard against the Tar Heel, trying to not give up the sudden-death point, before finally getting a one-point escape to win the weight class and put Appalachian ahead.
North Carolina stormed back in the 197-pound match, as Daniel Chaid downed sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) by a 19-7 major decision to put the Tar Heels back up one with only the heavyweight bout to go.
No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) came out of the gates with ferocity, making multiple attempts at takedowns in the first few moments of the match. Corey Gilliland fought him off for only an instance before Dejournette got the points he was looking for. After the end of the third and final period, the senior heavyweight had his 8-2 decision, sealing the win for Appalachian State by one point.
Appalachian State wrestling returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30 as it travels to face its second-straight nationally-ranked ACC opponent, No. 9 NC State. The action begins at 7 p.m.
125: James Szymanski (UNC) def. Vito Pasone (APP), 8-4 dec.
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Tyrone Klump (UNC), 5-0 dec.
141: #8 Joey Ward (UNC) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 12-3 maj dec.
149: #11 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Troy Heilmann (UNC), 7-6 dec.
157: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. #16 Joey Moon (UNC), 5-2 dec.
165: #17 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. John Clark (UNC), 5-0 dec.
174: #8 Ethan Ramos (UNC) def. Marcus Johnson (APP), 20-5 TF
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Elijah Kerr-Brown (UNC), 3-2 dec.
197: Daniel Chaid (UNC) def. Randall Diabe (APP) 19-7, maj dec.
HWT: #9 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Corey Gilliland (UNC), 8-2 dec.
Appalachian State found out moments before kickoff a Sun Belt title was on the line and wasted little time seizing their first FBS conference championship. The Mountaineers raced to a 17-0 lead in the opening quarter and were never threatened in a 37-7 win at New Mexico State on Saturday afternoon.
The win, coupled with a loss by Arkansas State earlier in the afternoon, guarantees the Apps a share of the Sun Belt title. Ark. State and Troy are both 6-1 in conference play and play next weekend, while App State (9-3, 7-1) has completed their regular season.
App will wait until Dec. 4 to find out their bowl destination and matchup.
App rolled up 604 yards of total offense and led 17-0 less than 10 minutes into the game to quickly gain control. Running back Marcus Cox had his 28th career 100-yard rushing game, notching 140 yards on 16 carries and Jalin Moore added 111 yards on 17 attempts.
The defense held New Mexico State without a first down until the middle of the second quarter and held the Aggies to 240 yards of total offense. Interceptions by Josh Thomas and Mondo Williams pushed App’s season total to 20, which enters the evening as the most in the country.
Four-straight threes and a 12-2 run to open the game ended up dooming Appalachian State University basketball in a 93-58 loss to No. 6 Duke on Saturday inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Mountaineers (2-3) were outrebounded by the Blue Devils (6-1) 45-30, including 17-12 on the offensive glass - generating 16 second-chance points. It marked the first game of the season that Appalachian was outrebounded by its opponent. Duke also turned a season-high 18 Appalachian turnovers into 24 points.
App State was led by freshman Kelvin Robinson’s (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) 12 points and five rebounds. Robinson’s 12 points tied a season- and career-high. The true freshman nailed a season-high three 3-pointers and finished a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. He also shot 3-of-4 from the foul line.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) was the other lone Mountaineer to tally double-digits with 11 points on the afternoon. Kinney finished 5-for-8 from the field. Offensively, Jake Babic (Ontario, Canada/The Kiski School) finished with a team-high five assists.
Hitting the glass for Appalachian State was freshman Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) who tied for a team-high five boards with Robinson. Johnson was also one of three eight-point scorers for the Apps, joined by Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson).
After racing out to a 12-2 lead in the opening moments of the contest, Appalachian battled back to within six at 14-8 aided by back-to-back buckets from T. Johnson and Kinney.
The Mountaineers stayed within 10 points of the Blue Devils throughout the first half of the opening period, but Duke would slowly and methodically grow its lead to a 21-point advantage heading into the break.
Without missing a beat from the first half, the Blue Devils engineered a 9-0 run in the opening 2:12 of the second half - forcing a Mountaineer timeout.
The Duke lead would balloon to as many as 40 points in the second half, 81-41, with 9:09 left. From there, Robinson would score 11-straight points for the Black and Gold to help cut the deficit to 32, but the Mountaineers would fall to the Blue Devils 93-58.
Notes: Appalachian State’s streak of four-straight games outrebounding its opponent was snapped … Kelvin Robinson scored in double-figures for the second time in his career (scored 12 points at Tennessee - Nov. 15) … Robinson hit a career-high three 3-pointers … Kinney’s five field goals were a season-high.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (2-2) suffered a 47-39 loss to Lubbock Christian (4-3) Saturday morning on the final day of the Puerto Rico Classic at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
Lubbock Christian, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, was led by Hannah Harbin (Lubbock, Texas) with 14 points while Tess Bruffey (Lubbock, Texas) added eight points, 15 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) and senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) with nine points each but the Bears shot just 29 percent (15-of-51) for the game as no one crossed double figures in scoring.
The Lady Chaps also limited the Bears to just three points in the third period and held a 39-29 advantage on the boards in the victory. Lubbock Christian held a 24-23 edge at halftime but took control after intermission.
Lubbock Christian led by as many as 15 points – 41-26 with 9:18 left in the contest – on a three-pointer by Allison Szabo (Merkel, Texas) and remained ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday, November 30, when the Bears travel to Harrogate, Tenn., to take on Lincoln Memorial beginning at 5:30 p.m.
East Lincoln: 34
West Caldwell: 14
Warriors season ends at 10-3.
Panthers will host West Rowan in the third round Friday.
Panthers season ends at 8-5.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (2-1) defeated UPR Bayamon (2-5), 60-53, Friday afternoon on the first day of the Puerto Rico Classic at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds while senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 13 points in the victory.
For P.R.-Bayamon, Daneichka Canales (San Juan, Puerto Rico) finished with 14 points and Karelis Zayas (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) totaled 13 points in the setback for the Vaqueras.
Sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) and senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added 10 points for the Bears, who held a 45-33 advantage in rebounding. Lenoir-Rhyne also led at halftime by a 30-25 margin.
On the final day of the classic tournament on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lubbock Christian at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Hickory Motor Speedway released their schedule of events for the 2017 season today. The schedule includes all of the great NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events and the popular touring series/shows that make up the season for this historic facility. Special events for the 2017 season will be two events each for the Knights of Destruction, Pro All Star Series (PASS), CARS Racing Tour, Must See Racing Sprint Cars and the Southern Modified Race Series. The Spring Classic, Bobby Isaac Memorial and traditional Fall Brawl will be the tracks signature events again in 2017. Also on tap will be the return of the Sundown Audio Showdown on August 19th and the 3rd Annual Hickory Vintage Swap Meet and Auto Fair. Hickory Motor Speedway still has some available dates open for track rental for your events.
One new addition for 2017 will be multiple twin races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Cars. The number of events will be the same as in 2016, however with the twin events it will give more cars the opportunity to visit victory lane this year. This will give the Hickory Motor Speedway fans an opportunity to see two Late Model races for the price of one adding value to their tickets. Another 2017 addition will be all NWAAS events moving to a 7:30 starting time on Saturday Nights.
A new wrinkle for the 2017 race season will be the addition of the Paramount Auto Group taking the division sponsorship for what will now be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models. Along with this change for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models will be the addition of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Challenge moving to the Limited Late Models for 2017. Over $12,000 in additional purse and points fund monies has been added to 10 (ten) Limited Late Model Events for a points race within the
regular season points races that will create additional awards for the Limited Late Model season.
“The greatest thing about the way this Paramount Kia “Big 10” Challenge is structured is that no one that runs these races will get eliminated from a chance at the Championship” Hickory Motor Speedway General Manager Kevin Piercy also stated “We are excited with the changes that are being made at Hickory Motor Speedway for 2017, we feel that these changes will present a great opportunity for businesses in the Hickory and surrounding area to get involved again with America’s Most Famous Short
With these new additions and the excitement each and every Night, the Historic Hickory Motor Speedway is the place you will want to be on Saturday Nights in 2017.
Hickory Motor Speedway is also welcoming all types of manufacturing and other facilities to give their employees an opportunity to bring their families to the track for one of our employee appreciation nights.
If you would like to market your company or participate in an employee appreciation night please contact Kevin Piercy at (828) – 464-3655 or contact us by e-mail at email@example.com.
With the clock winding down in the final seconds and the game tied, Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) banked a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Appalachian State University women’s basketball (3-2) past ETSU in a thrilling 71-68 victory Wednesday evening at Brooks Gymnasium.
After Jones had hit a pair of free throws to put the Apps ahead, 68-65, ETSU’s Tianna Tarter drilled a 3-pointer with five seconds left to tie the game. That’s when Jones took the ball and ran up the floor to hit the monumental game-winner. Jones stepped up scoring the final seven points for Appalachian in the final 20 seconds of the game.
The senior leader was more than clutch scoring 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half while grabbing a season-high eight boards in the process and dishing out a team-high three assists.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) scored a season-high 12 points and grabbed seven boards while Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) scored 12 points on three buckets and a 6-of-8 performance from the line. The senior forward was big down low with a season-best eight boards and a block.
Bria Carter (Spotsylvania,Va./Spotsylvania) recorded season highs in points and rebounds with nine and seven, respectively.
App State came out of the gate strong with a 13-4 jump in the first 5:39 of the game. Story scored seven of the team’s first nine points with the Apps getting the start they have been looking for recently. Later in the quarter, Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) drove the lane for a layup before Carley Lytton hit a trifecta to put the Mountaineers’ lead at six,15-9.
The second quarter belonged to ETSU as it outscored Appalachian, 26-16, shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and out rebounding the Black and Gold, 15-4. After Jones hit a jumper to extend the lead back to nine (24-15) with 6:18 left in half, the Bucs would score 20 of the next 27 points to take a 35-31 lead into halftime.
ETSU came out of the locker room with the first four points of the second half to stretch the lead to its largest at eight, 39-31. But the Apps showed grit and toughness slowly clawing their way back with a 15-6 run over 6:31 that was sparked by back-to-back buckets by Story and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason). The starting five took charge during the run as all five contributed in the scoring column. Both teams had traded baskets before Carter and Bassett-Smith hit three foul shots in the last 41 ticks to hold a 48-47 edge going into what was an exciting fourth period.
The Black and Gold’s defense clamped down on ETSU, holding the hosts to a 22.2 percent shooting clip from the field, which was the second time the Bucs shot 25 percent or less in a quarter.
Quarter four was neck-and-neck with both teams as neither team led by more than four points. The Bucs would take a 50-48 lead to open the fourth quarter before Jones’ jumper started a quick 6-0 spurt. Murray scored the next four points including her lone 3-pointer that proved to be clutch after struggling from beyond the arc.
Appalachian stayed in front for the majority of the final period until ETSU hit two from the charity stripe to take a 63-62 lead with 1:06 left in the game.
With Carter and Bassett-Smith fouling out earlier in the frame at the 3:50 mark, the Apps were thin in the front court, but freshman Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) stepped up when her name was called. Plummer scored six of her eight points in the quarter including a pair of crucial free throws that gave Appalachian the lead back with 48 seconds left. Plummer’s defense on the other end played a factor as she altered Dean’s go-ahead attempt and came down with the rebound.
From that point on, Jones would take over to help push the Apps to their seventh win the last eight meetings against ETSU.
The coaching staff put in a perfect game plan on defense to contain Shamauria Bridges and Tarter and give the Bucs different looks on the defensive end. Despite the duo scoring 31 points, the points didn’t come easy. The Mountaineers limited the pair to 9-of-27 shooting from the field.
App State outscored ETSU in the paint, 34-24, and took advantage of 19 ETSU turnovers and scored 11 points.
Appalachian will begin its home slate on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest against College of Charleston at the Holmes Center.
“ What a fun finish and a great effort from our entire team. I’m really proud of how we fought and the execution we displayed tonight. Our team showed tremendous FIGHT, and we played really hard for each other. I am happy for Joi (Jones) and really grateful I was able to share that buzzer-beater with her and our team tonight”. - Angel Elderkin
- App State shot 30 or more free throws for the fourth time in five games this season.
- The Mountaineers are 3-0 this season when at least three-student athletes score in double figures.
- Bassett-Smith has scored in double figures in four-straight outings.
- The Mountaineers have dealt ETSU two of its six all-time losses in Brooks Gymnasium.
- Story (16), Murray (13) and Bassett-Smith (10) led the team in the plus/minus category.
- Jones showcased a team-high 20 Player Efficiency Rating
- The Bucs' nine points in the first quarter is the lowest they have scored in any game this season
- Head Coach Angel Elderkin improves to 3-0 all-time against ETSU.