Appalachian State University women's basketball got a win over UL Monroe on Saturday with a score of 80-61 at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (13-14, 8-10 Sun Belt) trailed for most of the first half, but came back strong in the second to defeat the Warhawks (11-16, 7-11).
The beginning of the game featured three tied scores until UL Monroe took a 9-7 lead at the 15:19 minute mark. From there the Mountaineers struggled to score as the Warhawks went on a 10-0 run to lead 17-7 with 10:47 to play in the first half.
Maryah Sydnor would end Appalachian's drought with a jumper at the 8:49 minute mark, but UL Monroe responded with two points of their own, leading 19-9.
The Apps began to regain composure, going on a 9-3 run. Trailing 25-18 with 5 minutes left the Apps took control, taking a 28-27 lead off a 10-2 run, featuring six points from Ashley Bassett-Smith.
App State led the Warhawks at the half, 32-31.
Sydnor led the Mountaineer with 12 points in the first, while the team shot 38.7 percent from the floor.
UL Monroe was led by Alayshia Hunter's seven points as the team recorded a 48.0 percent field goal percentage.
The Mountaineers returned from the halftime break on fire as Farrahn Wood hit a three-pointer and Bria Carter got a layup just one minute into play. The Warhawks converted on a free throw, but Madi Story responded for the Apps with a basket from behind the arc as the team took a 40-32 lead.
At the 14:47 minute mark Story sparked a Mountaineer run as she scored seven-straight points, helping the Apps lead 51-39.
UL Monroe scored four points in response, but App continued to find baskets, as Bassett-Smith and Bria Huffmancombined for ten-straight points.
With Appalachian leading 66-46 and eight minutes to play the Warhawks went on a 7-2 run, but Bassett-Smith, Huffman, Sydnor, Story and Joi Jones all contributed to a 12-3 run for Appalachian as the team closed out the game with a final score of 80-61.
Four players scored in double-figures as Sydnor led with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Huffman recorded 14 points and six rebounds and Bassett-Smith tallied 14 points and seven rebounds.
Story added a career-high of 14 points, shooting 6-8 from the floor and finding two steals. Carter grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, while Jones dished out six assists in the win.
The Mountaineers shot 45.5 percent from the field, recording 50 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
UL Monroe was led by Olivia Countiss' 12 points, while the team tallied a field goal percentage of 34.5. The Warhawks had 36 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
App State returns to action when they host Texas State on Thursday, March 5 at 5 p.m.
Catawba Valley Communitt College men's basketball team defeated Tideater Community College 74-62 in the first round of the Region X tournament at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Virginia. CVCC is the 6th ranked team in the tournament, Tidewater was the number 11 seed.
MonDarius Black led the Red Hawks with 19 points and eight rebounds. Cornelius Johnson added 15 points and JaQueaz Jackson added 11 for CVCC.