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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jenni Gust has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Gust, a senior guard from Colfax, Wis., finished with a game and season-high 22 points in the Bears’ 85-67 victory over Lincoln Memorial in a conference game last Saturday at home.

Gust also pulled down eight rebounds, hit a pair of three-pointers and finished 10-of-17 from the field in the win over the Lady Railsplitters.

Gust, a 2013-14 All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree, currently ranks second on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and three-pointers made (10) this year. Gust also averages 4.7 rebounds per game.

Gust wins the weekly conference honor for the second time in her collegiate career as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-6, 3-3) next travels to Wingate, N.C., to face Wingate (7-6, 5-1) in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team outscored Tidewater Community College 65-24 in the second half on 10 of 15 from three point range as the Red Hawks won 100-55.

Jamarkus Eison and Kenny Lemon each scored 12 points as CVCC improves to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks will face Wake Tech Community College on the road Wednesday.

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Tidewater Community College 77-50 Sunday.

Keyara McKnight led CVCC with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Shakira Allen added 11 points and nine rebounds. Kelantra Allen had 10 points for the Red Hawks and led CVCC with five assists.

CVCC is 9-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks host Walters State Community College on Thursday.

Milos Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia/IMG Academy) scored the go-ahead layup with 14 seconds to play and Appalachian State University men’s basketball overcame a 14-point deficit to earn its first-ever Sun Belt Conference win in their league opener, a 74-73 thriller at Arkansas State on Saturday at the Convocation Center.

The Mountaineers (4-6, 1-0 Sun Belt) trailed 57-43 with 9:37 left to play, but hit 13 of their final 19 shots to complete their largest comeback in nearly eight years to snap a four-game winning streak for the Red Wolves (6-5, 1-1).

It looked as if Arkansas State was in firm control when Anthony Livingston dropped in a layup to tie the Red Wolves’ largest lead of the game, 57-43, with 9:37 to play, but the Mountaineers roared back with a 23-10 run over the next seven-plus minutes to cut the deficit to just one point (67-66) with 2:06 to play.

A-State hit a pair of free-throws to go back up by two points, but Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) tied the contest at 69-69 when he hit a layup in traffic, drew a foul and converted the three-point play with just under two minutes to go. After Livingston gave the Red Wolves the lead again (71-69) with 1:20 on the clock, Kostic drilled a three to give the Apps a 72-71 lead with just 51 ticks remaining.

Livingston again gave Arkansas State the lead with a layup on the ensuing possession, but Kostic grabbed a rebound after Jake Babic’s (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) jumper came up short and hit the eventual game-winner with 13 seconds remaining. The Red Wolves had one final chance to win but Sean Gardner missed with two seconds left and Eaves grabbed the rebound to seal the win.

Kostic scored a career-high 11 points in just seven minutes off the bench for Appalachian. Eight of his points came in the final two minutes of play, including a pair of three pointers.

Appalachian got off to a quick start, leading by as many as six points in the opening six minutes of the first half, but went cold over the remainder of the opening period and trailed 37-30 at the break. In all, the Mountaineers led for just 9:47 of a possible 40 minutes, but came through when it counted, outscoring the Red Wolves 31-16 over the last 10 minutes of play.

Eaves led all players with 22 points in an 8-of-14 effort from the floor. It was his fourth 20-point performance of the season and 13 of those points came in the second half. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) poured in 12 and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds while Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) added nine and Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) tied a career high with seven rebounds and added six points off the bench.

Livingston paced the Red Wolves with a double-double as he tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds. Gardner scored 17 points, but missed the potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. Cameron Golden poured in 11 points and PJ Harwick scored 10 while dishing out an incredible 15 assists.

On the night, Appalachian shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) including 56.3 percent (18-of-32) in the second half. Arkansas State connected at a clip of 42.9 percent and made 13-of-14 free throws while the Mountaineers had an uncharacteristically bad night at the charity stripe, hitting just 10-of-19 shots.

Appalachian State finished with a 39-34 edge in rebounds and saw its bench outscore A-State’s by a 25-12 count. The Mountaineers return to action on Monday when they host defending league tournament champion UL Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. at the Holmes Center.

NOTES: Appalachian State moved to 2-1 all-time against Arkansas State ... the 14-point deficit is the largest overcome since the Apps also came back from down 14 against The Citadel in a 75-71 overtime win on Feb. 9, 2008 ... Kostic scored all 11 of his points in the final 8:25 of the game ... he did not play in the team’s previous game at Charlotte and had appeared in just four games for a total of 19 minutes coming in to Saturday’s win ... the Mountaineers moved to 3-1 when opening play in a new league ... Appalachian also won its openers as a member of the North State Conference (1930) and the Southern Conference (1972) ... the Mountaineers improved to 54-32 all-time in league openers ... the last time Appalachian overcame a double-digit deficit was in a 78-70 win over North Greenville on Dec. 4, 2013 (trailed 47-37 with 16:34 to play).

The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (12-0, 6-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, remained unbeaten on the year after downing Lenoir-Rhyne (3-7, 1-5), 67-55, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Railsplitters were led by Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) with 16 points as Lincoln Memorial defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the ninth straight time.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 18 points and 10 rebounds – but the Bears lost for the third straight game.

Lorenza Ross (Savannah, Ga.) and Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, Md.) scored 10 points each for the Railsplitters, who broke a 42-42 tie with six straight points and held the lead the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman center Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C.) also scored in double figures today, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds in the setback.

Lincoln Memorial also held Lenoir-Rhyne without a three-pointer in nine attempts while the Bears hit just 19-of-33 free throw attempts in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Wingate in Wingate, N.C. at 8pm on Wednesday.

Appalachian State women's basketball fell to Arkansas State on Saturday in the team's first Sun Belt game, 89-75.

Inability to force turnovers plagued the Mountaineers (5-5, 0-1 Sun Belt) as the Red Wolves (7-5, 2-0) took advantage of Appalachian's shaky defense.

Arkansas State started the game with six-straight points until the Mountaineers would get two points from Joi Jones at the 18:40 minute mark. With the Apps trailing 10-7 with 15:57 to play, the Red Wolves went on an 11-2 run to lead 21-9.

With 7:57 to play, the Mountaineers would return from a media timeout, trailing 35-20. Jones would hit a layup to spark a 6-0 run for the Apps, featuring four points from Maryah Sydnor, to trail 35-26.

App State continued to record points, finding jumpers from Katie Mallow, Madi Story and KeKe Cooper, but they could not stop the Red Wolves from scoring as A-State led at halftime, 46-36.

Sydnor led the Mountaineers in the first half with eight points as the team shot a 50.0 percent field goal percentage.

The Red Wolves were led by Jasmine Hunt's 14 points, while the team shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the first half.

Arkansas State scored the first four points of the second half, but Cooper and Mallow would respond for the Apps, combining for five points. A-State would go on a 6-0 run, scoring four points from free throws, but the Apps continued to find baskets.

App State scored on several possessions, but were unable to stop the Red Wolves from scoring as they took a 71-51 lead with 10:09 to play. Bria Carter tallied four-straight points for the Mountaineers to put them down, 72-54, but A-State responded once again, recording three points of their own.

The Mountaineers scored 19 points in the last seven minutes of the game, but were too far behind to catch up as the Red Wolves took the game, 89-75.

Four players scored in double-figures for the Apps, with Cooper leading with 17 points and seven rebounds. Sydnor followed with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Bria Huffman recorded 11 points, three assists and two steals. Mallow added ten points.

The Mountaineers shot 43.8 percent from the floor in the game, recording 39 rebounds and turning the ball over 15 times.

Arkansas State had five players in double-figures as Hunt led the team with 19 points. The Red Wolves recorded a 46.5 field goal percentage, 38 rebounds and just five turnovers.

The Mountaineers are back in action on Monday, Jan. 5 when they host UL Lafayette at 5 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-6, 3-3) put an end to a two-game losing streak with an 85-67 victory over Lincoln Memorial (7-5, 4-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) led all scorers with 22 points while sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 19 points as four players scored in double figures for the Bears in the win.

The Lady Railsplitters were led by Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 12 points off the bench but Lincoln Memorial suffered its third consecutive defeat.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 46-45 advantage early in the second half then took control with a 16-2 run capped off by a lay-up by Cooper with 13 minutes left in the game and the Bears rolled the rest of the way.

The Bears also shot 52 percent (13-of-25) in the second half and led by as many as 27 points late in the game as Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Lincoln Memorial for the fifth consecutive contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) added 16 points and three treys as well for the Bears, who notched their season-high in points in a game.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne faces Wingate on the road.

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Virginia Western on Saturday, 115-46.

CVCC had six players score in double figures, led by Shkira Allen who had 17 points. Quytisha Marion added 13 and Keyara McKnight had 11. Kelantra Allen, Monifa Angle and Kianna Bowe all scored 10 points in the win.

The Red Hawks are now 8-4 overall, 4-2 in conference play.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 21:03

App Field Hockey Coach Leaves for Queens

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Brandi Alexander Kist, Appalachian State University’s field hockey head coach since 2006, has resigned to become the first head coach at Queens University of Charlotte.

In her nine seasons as head coach at Appalachian State, Kist coached 13 all-NorPac Conference selections and ushered the program into a new era with the opening of Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium in 2014. She also oversaw one of the nation’s top performing programs in the classroom, as her student-athletes earned more than 100 CFCHA/NFHCA awards for academic excellence during her tenure as head coach.

For three-straight years (2008, ’09, ’10), Appalachian State received NFCHA academic team honors for a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, her 2011 squad earned an NCAA Public Recognition award for ranking in the top 10 percent among all Division I field hockey squads in Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Alexander came to Appalachian State as an assistant coach in 2005 and was promoted to head coach in 2006. The Mountaineers won 30 games under Kist’s direction, including six in 2009. Wins over Georgetown and Pacific highlighted a five-win 2014 campaign, Appalachian’s most successful season in four years.

“We thank Brandi for her commitment and professionalism over the past decade,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “Thanks to her efforts and addition of our new first-class facility, Appalachian State field hockey is undoubtedly headed in the right direction.”

“With her husband working in Charlotte and the opportunity to build a program from the ground up at Queens, the move is the right one for Brandi,” Beasley continued. “I wish her and her family nothing but the best!”

Queens announced that it was instituting a field hockey program in November 2014 and will begin competing at the NCAA Division II level in 2015.

“I couldn’t be more appreciative or thankful for nine incredible years as a Mountaineer,” Kist said. “Over that time, I am proud of the progress the program has made academically, on the field and with facilities. I will be forever grateful for the amazing young women that I’ve had the opportunity to know and coach and the friendships that I have made. I’m especially appreciative of the support and investment that I received from the Appalachian administration and fellow coaches. I feel confident that App State field hockey is poised for great things in the future and the Black and Gold will always be in my heart.”

A national search for Appalachian State’s next field hockey head coach begins immediately.

Appalachian State University wrestling completed day two of the Southern Scuffle on Friday. Coming into the second day of action the Mountaineers were in 20th place and had six wrestlers still fighting in the consolation bracket.

Dominic Parisi started his second day with back-to-back decision wins over over Lehigh's Darian Cruz and Scotty Parker. In the sixth round of the consolation, Parisi fell to Ben Willeford of Cleveland State by a 3-2 decision.

In his first two consolation matches Vito Pasone was dominant. Pasone won via technical fall over Jared Browning of Chattanooga before pinning Tyler Keselring of Central Michigan 5:50 into the match. In his next match, Pasone was defeated by Drexel's No. 15 Kevin Devoy by pin.

After making it to the third round of the championship bracket, Michael Longo won by pin in his first consolation match against Benjamin Polkowske of Northern Colorado 2:39 into the bout. Longo was then defeated by George Fisher of Michigan by pin.

With two day one consolation victories to his name, Zack Strickland progressed onto the next round by medical forfeit over No. 3 Ian Miller of Kent State. Strickland then dropped a 4-2 decision to Michigan's Brian Murphy.

Nick Vetell won two more consolation matches on day two to give him four on the tournament. First he won a 2-0 over James Suvak of Virginia and then followed up with a pin of Ryan Davies of Stanford. Vetell would drop a 9-3 to Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State in the sixth round.

In his first consolation match of the tournament Denzel Dejournette won by decision over Josh Marchok of Stanford. Dejournette followed up with another decision victory over Brian Macchione of Northern Colorado in the fifth round. The Winston-Salem native was then fell to Jon Gingrich of Penn State in a 9-5 decision.

The Mountaineers improved three spots to finish 17th out of 32 team field. The Apps are back in action on Jan. 7 in Edwardsville, Illinois to take on SIUE.