Appalachian State offensive lineman Colby Gossett has accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl on Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala.
The Reese's Senior Bowl will be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, where Gossett's illustrious App State career ended with a 34-0 victory against Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl on Dec. 23. The postseason all-star game will be shown on the NFL Network at 2:30 p.m. ET on the last Saturday in January.
Last year, 85 players from the Senior Bowl were drafted by NFL teams. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Gossett joins receiver Brian Quick, who was a second-round draft pick in 2012, and receiver Dexter Jackson, who was a second-round pick in 2008, as App State players to participate in the Senior Bowl.
Ranked in the preseason as the No. 2 draft-eligible prospect in the Sun Belt Conference by SouthernPigskin.com, Gossett played right guard for the Mountaineers and finished his college career with 46 consecutive starts. He made the All-Sun Belt first team in each of his last two seasons and led App State in 2017 with 76 knockdown blocks, including 21 pancakes.
Gossett played alongside right tackle and fellow senior Beau Nunn on an offensive line that allowed only eight sacks in 2017 (No. 2 among FBS teams) and helped the Mountaineers rush for more than 300 yards in each of their last three games. App State ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks allowed and the top 25 in rushing yards per game in each of Gossett's four seasons as a starter.
Gossett is one of four Sun Belt players who have officially accepted invitations. The others are Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers, South Alabama safety Jeremy Reaves and Georgia State cornerback Chandon Sullivan.
App State University women's basketball will take part in the 2018 Play4Kay National Free Throw Challenge during February.
The most significant fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Fund, the free throw challenge is a chance for fans to pledge per free throw made in support for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Fans can pledge to App State by clicking HERE.
"Every year we want to make sure we do our part in the Play4Kay Initiative," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "This is a great foundation that continually does an amazing job in raising awareness in the fight against cancer. We couldn't be more honored and excited to be participating in February's free throw challenge. We hope to make as many free throws as possible and that fans will participate in a great cause!"
Last season, the Mountaineers raised over $5,000 in funds for cancer awareness and research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge during the month February and early March. The Sun Belt Conference partnered with Coaches vs. Cancer to launch the 2017 3-Point Challenge. App nailed 37 3-pointers during the drive, which amounted to a total of $3,239 or $87.53 per 3-pointer. The Black and Gold's proceeds from the 3-point contest were the highest among all women's programs.
The team also helped raise $2,500 during it's Play4Kay contest on Feb. 4 against Georgia State, where a silent auction took place and App State ROTC students rode stationary bicycles in the arena to raise funds. In total, the Mountaineers helped bring in over $5,000 for cancer awareness.
This season's annual Play4Kay contest will take place against Troy on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the Holmes Center.
Two future Appalachian State University women's basketball signees were nominated for the chance to play in the 41st McDonald's All-America All-Star game.
Haile McDonald (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) and Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) were both recognized as part of the list featuring over 700 players from 50 states.The tandem will step on campus for the 2018-19 campaign and expect to contribute right away with A'Lea Gilbert (Charlotte, N.C./South Meck).
Haile McDonald | 6'0 | Power Forward | Winchester, Va. | Millbrook High School
Rated the 11th-best recruit in the state of Virginia by MaxPreps, McDonald is recognized for her solid senior season up to this point where she is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and shooting 57 percent from the floor. McDonald has registered four double-doubles through 11 games this season. She has scored in double figures in 10 out 11 games including a season-high 23 points. McDonald has registered four games of 10 or more rebounds and eight contests with multiple assists. She has Millbrook on the winning track as it is boasting an undefeated record thus far.
Entering her senior season, McDonald posted substantial numbers her junior campaign in which she averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game en route to helping Millbrook earn a stellar 28-2 mark and an appearance in the 4A state semifinals. She was awarded a sportsmanship award and named the team's Most Valuable Player. Also, she is a part of the 1,000-point club at Millbrook. Last season was her best yet where she was named the Winchester Star All-Area Girls' Basketball Player of the Year, 4A West Region Girls' Basketball Player of the Year and the Conference 21 West Player of the Year.
Brooke Bigott | 5'10 | Point Guard | Katy, Texas | Seven Lakes High School
One of the top 50 recruits in the state of Texas rated by MaxPreps, Bigott is honored after filling up the stat sheet averaging 14.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists through 28 games. Bigott is also getting it done defensively turning in 2.3 steals per contest and 0.4 blocks per contest. She has contributed to Seven Lakes' solid 22-6 record and current seven-game winning streak going into its next contest on Wednesday.
Bigott's junior year was sensational where she turned in 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the line. Bigott has helped Seven Lakes capture three district and area championships en route to reaching the regional quarterfinals last season. She was named all-conference and all-division her first three seasons. That's not all as she landed on the all-tournament team at the College Station Nike Tournament three straight years, and was named to the Houston Chronicle's All-Greater Houston Area Team. The Texas native was recognized by Vype Magazine as a member of the All-Texas squad and was awarded the conference's Most Valuable Player Award. During her junior year, she was a Texas Girl's Association All-Star as well as putting work in the classroom, as she was all-district academic and all-regional academic.
The Appalachian State men's basketball program will participate in events during Coaches vs. Cancer week, running from January 22 through January 28.
Monday, January 22, will mark the beginning of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week, which is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer, and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer.
The Mountaineer coaching staff will be wearing sneakers with special gold laces for both home contests on Thursday, January 25 against Little Rock and Saturday, January 27 versus Arkansas State in memory of 8-year old basketball fan Lacey Holsworth. In addition, specialty Coaches vs. Cancer ties will be created and sold online and through Vineyard Vines while supplies last.
All sales from the golden shoelaces will go towards cancer research, with 85 percent of proceeds going benefiting the Coaches vs. Cancer program and 15 percent benefiting Princess Lacey's Legacy. Also, 30 percent of the proceeds from each tie sold will benefit the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
Also new in 2018 is an eBay online auction, featuring sneakers and ties signed by college coaches across the country, with all proceeds going towards cancer research. Items auctioned can be found here, beginning Monday, January 22.
In addition, several coaches from across North Carolina are teaming up with local Subway® restaurants to launch a special Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising campaign that runs through February.
On Monday, January 22, head coach Jim Fox will serve as a sandwich artist from 12:15 to 1:00 at the Subway located at 1542 Hwy. 421 S, Gateway Center, in an effort to raise awareness and support in the fight against cancer.
Fox is one of five coaches taking part in this event, joining Pat Kelsey (Winthrop), Houston Fancher (Charlotte), Bob McKillop (Davidson) and Tim Craft (Gardner-Webb).
Donations in any amount can be made at the checkout of participating Subway® restaurants from Jan. 15 through Feb. 28 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the local Coaches vs. Cancer program, which is celebrating 25 years. For more information on Coaches vs. Cancer, visit www.cancer.org.
With the victory on Monday, a 64-62 triumph over Bryant and Stratton College, CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England tied mentor and first-ever Red Hawks head women's basketball coach Tommy Edwards for the most wins by a coach in program history (82).
“It is a great honor to be at the same number (of wins) as him,” England said. “Tommy Edwards is a great friend and mentor. I am grateful.”
Edwards was in attendance for the victory, which is the 10th this season for the Red Hawks.
“I had actually thought about [the record] earlier before the season started,” Edwards said. “This is (England’s) fifth season (as CVCC head coach), and it ran across my mind that she was getting pretty close (to the win record). I didn’t know today she was tying me, but it worked out very well for me to be here.”
Sophomore forward Joyous Wilson paced CVCC (10-3, 5-0 in Region X) with 16 points against the Bobcats.
Tory Agrusa (13 points, six assists), Zharia Brown (10 points, nine rebounds) and Nikkyana McCaskill (10 points) also reached double digits in scoring for CVCC in Monday’s contest.
The Red Hawks led for most of the game, but the Bobcats fought back late to take their first lead, 58-56, with two minutes, 44 seconds left in the contest.
The teams traded the lead three times in the game’s final 35.8 seconds, but the Red Hawks were able to pull ahead for good after a key steal and lay up by sophomore Shaniya Lester.
“We are warriors. We don’t give up,” England said. “I tell them every day that we’ve got to continue to press through it and learn how to overcome adversity. In the end, we wanted it.”
England will attempt to pass Edwards as the winningest coach in program history on Thursday when the CVCC women’s basketball team hosts Patrick Henry Community College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Appalachian State University women's basketball freshman guard Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was named College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week on Monday.
Wilson earns the award after averaging 21.5 points through two games on an impressive 73.7 percent shooting from the field (14-of-19) and 76.9 percent (10-for-13) from beyond the arc.
The freshman guard scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 5-for-8 from deep while dishing out three assists in 39 minutes in the Apps' first home win of the season over Georgia State, 77-62. Wilson followed up that performance with a game-best 21 points on a perfect 7-for-7 and 5-of-5 beyond the arc in the 87-56 blowout win over Georgia Southern to finish the weekend at 2-0 for the first time since 2015-16 and move to .500 in conference play at 3-3. Wilson set the tone early scoring 19 of her points in the first half including 14 in the first quarter in the wire-to-wire win. App is on a three-game win streak for the first time since '15-16 and its first three-game conference win streak since 2014-15.
The Winston-Salem, N.C. native has scored 20 points or more with five 3-pointers in three straight games while averaging 12.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season. In conference play, she has upped her game averaging 17 points per contest, which is sixth in the Sun Belt and first among freshmen. She is first in free throw percentage (1.000), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (53.5), second in 3-pointers made with 23 and sixth in league action in minutes per game (35.5). Her scoring average is the most through the first 17 games for a freshman since Ashlen Dewart in 2009-10 when she averaged 16.1 points per contest.
Wilson and the Mountaineers will look to make it four straight on Thursday when they take on defending Sun Belt Tournament champion, Troy, on Thursday at 1 p.m. (ET) in Troy, Ala.
First-year Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Football Coach Drew Cronic has announced his staff for the upcoming 2018 season. The Bears have hired five assistants while retaining two coaches – Aaron Brock and David Cole – from the previous regime. Hired on December 7, 2017, Cronic became the 22nd Head Coach in Bears’ history.
Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line Coach
Bodine comes to LR after spending one season as Offensive Line Coach at Georgia Southern. Bodine also spent three seasons as Offensive Line and Tight Ends Coach at Army West Point (2014-16). The Black Knights finished second in the nation in rushing in 2016 with more than 327 yards per game, and defeated Navy for the first time in 14 seasons.
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
"We are extremely fortunate to have Bob Bodine join our staff as Offensive Coordinator. I have known him for a long time and he is an outstanding teacher and motivator with an impressive background in college football. He will bring toughness and physicality to our offense while also being creative and innovative."
Defensive Coordinator & ¬Linebackers Coach
Aldridge comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving as Defensive Line Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and NFL Liaison at West Georgia for four years (2014-17). West Georgia’s defense was ranked third in the nation in 2015 (248 yards per game) and seventh nationally in scoring defense (15.2 points per game).
The Wolves also had two players drafted – Dylan Donahue (the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year) and Alex Armah – under Aldridge’s tutelage.
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
"We are thrilled to have Josh Aldridge join our staff as Defensive Coordinator. He has all the qualities we are looking for on our staff — smart, innovative, tough-minded, high character — and is a tireless worker and recruiter. I am excited to have him lead our defense."
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Foster comes to LR after an outstanding three-year stint as an Assistant Coach at Reinhardt (2015-17), a NAIA school in Waleska, Ga. Last year, the Eagles went 12-1 on the year and earned a berth in the NAIA National Championship game. Reinhardt led the nation in rushing (359.8 ypg) and ranked fifth in scoring offense at 47.0 points per contest.
In all, Foster served as Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, Z-Backs, Field Goal Team and Return Coach and Video Coordinator for the Eagles.
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
"I am excited to have Tim Foster join the Bear family. He was on my staff at Reinhardt and is an outstanding young football coach and recruiter. He has a great understanding of our offensive system and will do a wonderful job organizing our recruiting efforts."
Running Backs Coach
Ramseur comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after four years as Offensive Line Coach, Running Backs Coach and Run Game Coordinator at Hampton University (2014-17), an NCAA Division I FCS School in Hampton, Va.
Prior to Hampton, Ramseur served four years as an Assistant Coach at Winston-Salem State University (2010-13), guiding the Rams to multiple league titles and an NCAA Division II National Championship appearance in 2012.
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Mike to the Lenoir-Rhyne family. He is an outstanding addition to our staff with an impressive background and strong North Carolina roots. He will do a wonderful job with our running backs."
Defensive Line Coach
Long recently served as a Graduate Assistant Defensive Line Coach for North Carolina State University in 2017. Long also coached the Defensive Line at Sewanee (Tenn.) – also known as the University of the South - in 2016 after serving two years as Special Teams and Defensive Quality Control Coach for The Citadel (2014-15).
Long, a 2014 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, was an all-conference and all-region honoree for the Bears who was a member of the 2013 National Finalists squad and was a part of three SAC Regular Season Championships (2011-13).
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
"I could not be happier to be able to add former Bear player Jimmy Long to our staff. He played on some outstanding football teams here, and understands what it takes to be successful at Lenoir-Rhyne. Jimmy is an impressive young coach and recruiter, and will do a great job with our defensive line."
Assistant Head Coach for Operations
Aaron Brock is beginning his 10th year as an Assistant Football Coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2018. This past fall, Brock assumed the duties of Assistant Head Coach for Operations after many seasons on the defensive staff. Brock also serves as the Bears' Coordinator of Academics.
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
"Aaron Brock knows what it means to be a Bear, and I am thankful to have him return as part of our staff. He is respected by everyone on our campus and will be extremely valuable as he handles many administrative duties for us. He embodies all the qualities we look for in our coaches and players."
Special Teams Coordinator & Secondary Coach
David Cole is beginning his third year as a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football staff in 2018 and will serve as Special Teams Coordinator and Secondary Coach this upcoming fall season.
Cole served in the capacity as Co-Recruiting Coordinator for the Bears in 2017 as well. Cole also coached in the interim prior to Head Coach Drew Cronic's hiring.
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
"We are so blessed to have David Cole return to our staff. He did a wonderful job as the interim head coach, and he and I share the same vision and values. He is an outstanding football coach and teacher, but an even better leader and family man."
Lenoir-Rhyne also retained its four graduate assistants – Cameron Clark, Michael DeStephens, Aaron Terry and Jawan Turner – from last season while adding a fifth GA: Gordon Thigpen.
WHAT LR HEAD COACH DREW CRONIC SAYS:
“This a great group of young coaches who all have a bright future in the business. I am excited to see them grow as teachers, leaders and people.”
Appalachian State Indoor Track and Field Teams Compete at East Tennessee State University InvitationalWritten by Jason Savage
Senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) won the 800-meter run and sophomore LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenberg) won the 60-meter dash to lead the Appalachian State women's track & field team at the ETSU Invitational.
Greeley crossed the finish line in 2:16.09 and King posted a time of 7.60 seconds.
Junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) finished second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.90 seconds.
In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Megan Scannell (Nottingham, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy) was fourth in 18:51.03.
Senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) was third in the high jump, clearing 5-5.00 and senior Ashley Muschiatti (Newark, Del./Padua Academy) placed fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 51-4.25.
Senior Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) placed fifth in the 3,000-meter run in 10:31.37.
Freshman De'Shawn Ballard (Wilmington, N.C./Lacey) was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the ETSU Invitational, leading a strong showing by the Appalachian State men's track & field team.
Ballard captured the 200-meter dash in a school record time of 21.36 seconds. Sophomore Jabari Johnson (Tokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) finished right behind in second place in a season-best 21.52 seconds and freshman Brenton Ervin (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) was fourth in a personal best of 21.61 seconds.
Senior Ryan Hastings (Mathews, N.C./Porter Ridge) captured the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line 1:53.21 and sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) won the 60-meter hurdles in a PR time of 8.11 seconds.
In the 4x400-meter relay, junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), Hastings, Graves and Jabari Johnson teamed up to finish first in a season-best 3:15.90.
The 5,000-meter run saw freshman Ben Cignarale (Greer, S.C./Riverside) place second in 15:08.31 and freshman Luke Bennett (Durham, N.C./Voyager Academy) place fourth with a time of 15:44.93.
Senior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was third in 9:06.81 in the 3,000-meter run.
In the pole vault, junior Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) was second with a height of 15-11.00 and junior Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) finished fourth, clearing 15-7.00.
The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend, hosting the Appalachian Open at the Holmes Center on Friday and Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams set more school marks on Saturday on the final day of the East Tennessee State University Invitational at the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.) set a new Lenoir-Rhyne record for the second straight day in the men’s 60-meter dash. Lotharp, who has already qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division II Championship, finished second in the finals of the event with a time of 6.78 seconds.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.), an all-region honoree, finished second in the men’s shot put with a program-best 50’10”.
Both the LR men’s (3:23.61) and women’s (4:01.37) 1,600-meter relay teams set new school marks after finishing sixth and fourth, respectively. The men’s team consisted of sophomores Marquez Gray (Gastonia, N.C.), Denzel Gilmore (Concord, N.C.) and Josh Adkins (King, N.C.) and freshman Petar Ivackovic (Pancevo, SERBIA).
The women’s mile relay for the Bears consisted of senior Keyua McElveen (Lexington, N.C.), juniors Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) and Dakota Alston (Irmo, S.C.) and freshman Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.).
McElveen bested her own mark in the women’s 200-meter dash with a 25.57 in the finals today while senior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) took fourth place in the finals of the women’s shot put, establishing a new school record (40’10”).
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Indoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will be back in action on Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21, at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Appalachian Indoor Open in Boone, N.C.
In a back-and-forth battle that went right down to the wire, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday afternoon, falling 97-96 to visiting Fayetteville Tech at the Tarlton Complex.
Tied 85-85 with one minute, 45 seconds left, the Trojans (9-5, 6-4 in Region X) were able to gain separation late and make their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Despite a made 3-point basket at the buzzer by the Red Hawks’ Everett Palmer, CVCC lost by just one point.
Tyrell Oglesby scored 22 points to lead Catawba Valley (6-9, 1-5 in Region X) — the fifth 20-point performance this season by the freshman from Inman, S.C.
CVCC sophomore forward Steve Ruszala added 19 points, including 18 of those scored during the second half.
Nicolas Kuhns paced Fayetteville Tech with 20 points, while teammate Jabari Bowman added 18 points.
The CVCC men’s basketball team is back in action on Tuesday with a road game at Vance-Granville Community College in Hendersonville, N.C. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team dropped a 60-59 decision at home to Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers (8-11, 3-3 SBC) with 17 points and a season-high tying five rebounds. Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) also reached double figures, finishing with 10 points.
Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) had nine points on 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) shooting and 11 rebounds. He has now pulled down 10 or more rebounds in back-to-back games.
Overall, the Apps pulled down 50 rebounds in the game, getting a season-high nine boards from senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C.), a season-high tying seven from junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) and five from senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and junior Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook). Of the Apps 50 rebounds, 20 came on the offensive glass, marking the third time this season the Mountaineers have registered at least 20 offensive rebounds in a game.
Tookie Brown had a game-high 21 points for the Eagles (14-5, 5-1 SBC), with Mike Hughes adding 12 points.
The Mountaineers opened the game strong, holding the Eagles scoreless for the first 4:06 and building an early 7-0 lead. Georgia Southern came right back with nine of the next 11 points to tie the score at 9-9 in the early going.
With the score tied at 11-11, the Black and Gold used a 7-0 run to push their lead to 18-11 with 8:10 left in the first half. App State held the lead for the remainder of the half and took a 25-21 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Black and Gold would stretch their lead to 12 points at 46-34. The Eagles would chip away at the lead and used a 7-0 spurt to jump in front 52-51 with 5:57 to play in the game.
The teams would see the lead change hand six times over the next four minutes, before the Eagles were able to open a 60-57 edge with 56 seconds to play.
Isaac Johnson would answer with a basket on App State's next possession to bring the Mountaineers within one with 39 seconds remaining.
After Appalachian forced the Eagles into a tough three, Forrest pulled down the rebound with nine seconds left and found Shabazz, who missed a three-pointer from the right wing. Forrest grabbed the rebound but was unable to get a shot off, giving Georgia Southern the victory.
The Black and Gold finished 19-of-60 (31.7 percent) from the field, while the Eagles went 24-of-58 (41.4 percent).
App State will head to Alabama next week, taking on Troy on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. and South Alabama on January 20 at 4:05 p.m.
Appalachian State University (5-12, 3-3 SBC) put on a stellar performance in a convincing 87-56 victory over archrival Georgia Southern (3-14, 0-6 SBC) on Alumni Day in the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers' 31-point blowout win over the Eagles is the largest win in series history, while the three-game win streak is the first since the 2015-16 campaign. It's also the first three-game conference win streak since the 2014-15 season.
Appalachian clicked on both sides of the ball where five Mountaineers scored in double figures, while they held GS to 56 points on 28.4 percent shooting from the field and 22.9 percent from beyond the arc. App scored a season-high in points for a second straight contest as well as a solid 55.4 percent from the floor. App State did an excellent job moving the ball tying a season-high 21 assists on 31 buckets.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ. Reynolds) once again had her shot falling finishing a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-5 from deep for a game-high 21 points. The freshman guard set the tone scoring 19 of her points in the first half including 14 in the opening frame. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) registered a second straight double-double and her eighth of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Plummer added three assists with one block and one steal.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) scored 11 points and tied a career high with nine off the glass, bringing the freshman to just one board shy of her first-ever double-double. The bench gave the Mountaineers great minutes as they scored a season-high 34 points. Dominique Jeffery (Tallahassee, Fla./FAMU DRS) poured in a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting with five rebounds in 14 minutes, while Anna Perez Gomez (Canet De Mar, Spain/Eastern Wyoming) chipped in with five points and three assists. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) was up to her usual ways with four points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. The quartet of Gosnell, Jefferey, Gomez, and Calder finished the game shooting 13-of-22 (59 percent) with 18 rebounds and seven assists.
Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) didn't shoot as she has been lately but did dish out a game and career-best eight assists with a personal-high six rebounds. Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) posted a solid game as she chipped in with eight points and five rebounds. All nine players who got into the game scored with seven players notching at least one assist.
The Mountaineers led from start to finish with the Eagles tying up the game just once early in the first quarter at 5-5. Plummer's layup with 7:24 left in the first quarter broke the tie and gave App the lead for good. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Wilson pushed the lead to eight, 20-12, going into the second frame.
Appalachian turned it on the second period holding Georgia Southern to just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting thanks in large part to an impressive 7:45 scoring drought. Appalachian's superb display on defense helped extend the lead to 19, 38-19, following a layup from Gomez before the horn. Appalachian assisted on 11 of 14 field goals while holding a 30-12 edge on the glass. Wilson scored as much as GS in the first half with 19 points.
The second half was much of the same with the Mountaineers continuing the momentum as they never led by less than 16 points. A 10-0 run over the final 3:25 of the third frame ballooned the lead to 28 at the end of the quarter, 60-32. Appalachian cruised the rest of the way in the fourth quarter to give it a 9-4 mark in the last 13 contests against its archrival including back-to-back wins at home with both results by 25 points or more.
App dominated GS on the glass, 56-26, for the highest rebounding advantage this season. The Mountaineers corralled a season-high 20 offensive rebounds for 19 second-chance points, also a season-best. Appalachian outscored GS, 36-20 in the paint.
The Mountaineers will look to continue the win streak next weekend when they travel to Alabama to face the defending Sun Belt Tournament champions in Troy (Thursday) before facing another tough foe in South Alabama on Saturday.
"I loved the way our team team is showing growth, and this was truly a team win with everyone contributing and scoring. To have 21 assists on 31 field goals and a plus-30 rebounding advantage is a great day." - Head coach Angel Elderkin
- App State is 4-0 when Wilson scores at least 20 points
- Wilson averaged 21.5 points, 1.5 assists and one rebound while shooting a blistering 73.7 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from beyond the arc in two wins this weekend
- The freshman guard is the first player to score 20 points in three straight games since Maryah Sydnor in 2014-15
- The 34 points from the reserves are the most since App received 42 points off the bench in a 96-81 win at Troy during the 2015-16 season
- All nine players had a plus/minus in the plus threshold while four players had a plus/minus above 20 and Gosnell boasting a career-high plus/minus of 30
- Wilson led the team with a PER of 21 while Plummer (19), Jeffery (14) and Gosnell (13) following suit
- It's the first time this season App had the upper hand in every quarter
- Plummer has notched at least 10 rebounds in 15 of 17 games
- App's 31-point victory is the largest at home since App State defeated Gardner Webb, 84-43 (41 points) during the 2012-13 season
- Appalachian is 5-2 against Georgia Southern under Angel Elderkin
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Swimming Teams returned to the pool for the first time in 2018 on Saturday against Queens and Limestone in a tri-meet at the Levine Center.
On the men's side, Lenoir-Rhyne lost to top-ranked and three-time defending national champion Queens by a score of 112-77 and suffered a 149-53 setback to Limestone. Queens upended Limestone, 106-86.
In the women's competition, the No. 2 and three-time defending champion Royals downed the Bears by a 120-62 margin and Limestone bested Lenoir-Rhyne, 109-71. Finally, the Royals handed the Saints a 118-56 setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Jessica Myers (York, S.C.) finished second in the women's 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.24) while the women's 400-yard freestyle relay team – consisting of sophomores Jamie Fullerton (Apex, N.C.) and Cora Dodson (Waynesville, N.C.), junior Alyx Koert (Naples, Fla.) and freshman Kelsey Krumanocker (Hickory, N.C.) – took runner-up with a time of 4:05.66.
Sophomore Addison Herndon (Greensboro, N.C.) finished third in the women's 500-yard freestyle – 5:34.60 – for the Bears as well. In addition, Krumanocker's time of 1:16.89 was good for a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.
On the men's side, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Spencer Ashby (Duncan, S.C.) was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.06) while sophomore Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) took third place overall in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.54). Finally, sophomore Dillon Carey (Charlotte, N.C.) came in third place in the men's 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.21.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams will compete against Catawba at home in a dual meet for Senior Day next Saturday, January 20, at the Shuford Physical Education Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Queens and Limestone
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Queens 112, Lenoir-Rhyne 77
Limestone 149, Lenoir-Rhyne 53
Queens 106, Limestone 86
Queens 120, Lenoir-Rhyne 62
Limestone 109, Lenoir-Rhyne 71
Queens 118, Limestone 56
East Burke: 61
Fred T. Foard: 51
West Iredell: 49
Alexander Central: 31
West Caldwell: 28
St. Stephens: 42
South Caldwell: 34
South Fork Athletic:
East Lincoln: 50
North Lincoln: 50
East Burke: 48
Fred T. Foard: 41
West Iredell: 33
Alexander Central: 22
West Caldwell: 80
St. Stephens: 52
South Caldwell: 44
South Fork Athletic:
East Lincoln: 83
North Lincoln: 50