Appalachian State women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin and the coaching staff is excited to announce the signing of three future Mountaineers to the 2017-18 signing class.
App State signs the trio of Brooke Bigott, Haile McDonald and A'Lea Gilbert. All three are eligible beginning in 2018-2019 and will look to contribute immediately.
"It is with great excitement that we welcome our three signees to our Appalachian State program," coach Elderkin stated. "These young women are not only great players; they're incredible people who come from great families. During our recruiting process, it was important for us to not only identify talent but it was equally important to evaluate character. They fit in with our core values, and most of all believe in our vision for our program. I expect them to come in and have an immediate impact on our program."
Brooke Bigott | 5'10 | Point Guard | Katy, Texas | Seven Lakes High School
A multi-faceted point guard that can do it all, the 2018 signee has enjoyed copious amounts of success on and off the court. Going into her senior season, she improved her numbers the previous three seasons including an impressive stat line her junior campaign 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. Her athleticism went beyond the court with four letters in track and field, including a regional qualifying appearance her junior year Bigott played her travel ball under her father, Scott Bigott, where her team collected a silver championship at the Adidas Gauntlet Tournament while recording a Premier Basketball title an unprecedented 10 times. Her numbers during travel ball were even more staggering, averaging a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals per contest. She also shot 56 percent from 3-point land and 82 percent from the charity stripe. Born on Jan. 11, 2000, Bigott is the daughter of Scott and Tammy Bigott. She has two siblings, Brittany and Bradeon. She comes from a family with a rich basketball history. Her father played basketball and ran track at Houston Baptist University where he was a conference champion and played in the NCAA Tournament. Her grandfather, Wilbert, is a member of the Hall of Fame at Houston where he played basketball for the Cougars before playing professionally overseas, and her uncle, Kevin, was part of the national championship squad at Pace University. Bigott will major in Kinesiology when she arrives in Boone. Her hobbies include working out, Netflix, skiing and going to the beach.
Elderkin on Bigott
"Brooke is a proven winner and comes to us from a tremendous high school program. She has great ball-handling ability, is a natural scorer and has great vision in the full court. It was important for us to bring her into our program. Not only is Brooke an "A" in talent, but she is also an "A" in mindset.
Haile McDonald | 6'0 | Power Forward | Winchester, Va. | Millbrook High School
A player that has put in a successful high school career under the tutelage of Erick Green, McDonald was named All-Conference 21 four-straight years while being named Group 4A All-State her junior season. She 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 Middlebrook 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 Middlebrook. 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. Born on Dec. 21, 1999, McDonald is the daughter of Easton and Julissa McDonald. She has two sisters, Leah and Elizabeth. Her hobbies include playing basketball. When she arrives at campus, she intends to major in criminal justice.
Elderkin on McDonald
"Haile is a special kid, and I learned early in the recruiting process about her desire to attend Appalachian State and be a part of what we are building as a program. She is a competitor and has a constant commitment to getting better. Her versatility will allow us to stretch the floor as well as expose mismatches in the paint. Her passion for the game shines through her and will be contagious in our program."
A'Lea Gilbert | 5'10 | Power Forward | Charlotte, N.C. | South Meck High School
An all-around athlete that has a nose for the ball, Gilbert plays under head coach Cristie Mitchell at South Meck where she has posted career averages of 11.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Gilbert was named All-South Meck Conference and all-district her sophomore and junior seasons. Gilbert has scored in double figures in 48 of 78 career games including a career-high 36 points on 15-for-22 shooting her sophomore campaign. She put up her best numbers her sophomore year averaging 15.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest. The North Carolina native was named Most Valuable Player her junior season and Rookie of the Year in her debut year. Born on Aug. 8, 2000, Gilbert is the daughter of Sean and Nicole Gilbert. She has three older siblings, Deshaun, Alexus, and Zachaeuss. She intends to major in business and marketing. Her hobbies include singing, swimming and traveling.
Elderkin on Gilbert
"It's important for us to continue to sign North Carolina talent, and we are excited about A'Lea. Her natural ability to rebound the basketball separated her in the recruiting process. She is another player that will provide versatility in our system with her skill set. A'Lea comes from an athletic family and understands the competitiveness and relentless work it takes to be successful."
Behind 19 points from Tanisha Wall and Shaniya Lester, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its third-straight game on Tuesday, defeating the Mt. Olive JV squad, 77-61.
The Red Hawks (4-1) gained a 35-30 lead at halftime against the Trojans, led by 12 first-half points by Wall.
Lester helped CVCC extend its lead by scoring 13 of her 19 points in the second half of the contest, helping Catawba Valley cruise to the non-conference victory.
Nikkyana McCaskill also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks with 12 points.
The CVCC women’s basketball team is back in action on Sunday when it travels to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on the Converse JV team at 1 p.m.
Alexander Central: 46
Ashe County: 44
Bunker Hill: 65
West Lincoln: 33
East Burke: 68
R-S Central: 26
Ashe County: 41
Alexander Central: 35
Bunker Hill: 69
West Lincoln: 49
R-S Central: 74
East Burke: 35
For the second time this season, the Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute men’s basketball team got the better of Catawba Valley Community College.
The Cobras handed the Red Hawks an 85-69 defeat at the Tarlton Complex on Tuesday night.
Trevor Willis paced CCC&TI (6-2) with a game-high 22 points, including five made 3-pointers.
Post player Steve Ruszala had the best game so far of his sophomore campaign for the Red Hawks (3-4), recording his third career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Fifteen of Ruszala’s 21 points were scored in the second half.
Trailing 6-0 in the early stages of the first half, the Cobras used a 16-1 run to gain control for good in Tuesday’s contest.
After making 14 3-pointers in the first meeting between the two teams on Nov. 8, CCC&TI made 12 treys in Tuesday’s contest, including nine of them in the first half.
Despite outscoring the Cobras 34-25 in the second half on field goals, the Red Hawks made just eight of their 21 free throw attempts. CVCC shot just 16-of-35 from the charity stripe in the game.
CVCC cut its deficit down to nine points with four minutes to go in the second half, but that’s as close as it would get in the game.
Tyrell Oglesby and Myles Williams also reached double digits in scoring for the Red Hawks with 14 and 12 points, respectively, and CVCC’s Isaiah Johnson was one point short of a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.
The Red Hawks return to action following the Thanksgiving break, hosting Richard Bland in Region X action on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Caldwell will play Wednesday, November 29th at Patrick Henry Community College.
The Newberry Women’s Basketball Team (4-2, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 61-54 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (2-3, 0-1) Tuesday evening at Eleazer Arena.
Newberry’s Shelby Britten (Shepparton, Vic, Australia) led all scorers with 25 points to go along with four treys while Meg Essex (Glamorgan Vale, Qld, Australia) added 14 points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) totaled a team-high 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds and junior forward Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, added 12 points and eight boards in the setback.
The Bears were limited to just 32 percent shooting (20-for-62) in the loss.
The Bears are 1-1 on the road this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s 54 points scored were a season-low in the loss as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Lees-McRae on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in a non-conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Appalachian State women's basketball (0-5) couldn't overcome a hot-shooting NC A&T team in an 81-56 defeat to North Carolina A&T (2-2) on Tuesday evening at Corbett Sports Center.
Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) fired in a team-high 14 points off the bench with four of her five-made field goals from beyond the arc, while LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) rounded out the leading scorers with a personal-high 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting. The duo of Craven and Stanley shot a combined 10-for-17 from the field. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) corralled a team and personal-high 10 off the glass in her second straight start.
After scoring 14 points on Tuesday evening, Craven is now averaging 10.6 points for her career on the road (8.9 overall).
The Mountaineers tied a season-high with seven 3-pointers and shot a season-best 42.3 percent from the field. However, the Aggies picked Tuesday night to have its best shooting performance of the season going 10-for-20 from outside the arc and 44.4 percent from the field. Going into Tuesday's contest, NC A&T (2-2) came into the game shooting 35.1 percent from the floor and a 27.3 clip from 3-point land.
App State hit two of its first three shots with Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) and Stanley scoring a pair of buckets in the first 1:20 of the game to take a 4-0 lead. But the hosts responded with a 7-0 run over a 1:56 span until Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) buried a trifecta to stop the run. NC A&T ended the quarter with a 15-11 edge, a lead that it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the game.
The Aggies pushed the lead to as much as 15, 32-17, with 3:02 left in the first half before App outscored NC A&T, 10-6, the rest of the way to slice the lead to 11, 38-27. Once again the Aggies stopped the Black and Gold from gaining any momentum keeping the lead in double digits. Craven nailed a deep triple to bring the Apps to within single digits, , 50-42. It was the closest App would be within reach as NC A&T never had the lead dip below 10 points following Cinia McCray's 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.
C'Coriea Foy scored a game-high 25 points while Kala Green scored 17 points and McCray rounded out the Aggies' scorers with 14. The tandem of Foy and McCray did the damage from beyond the arc with nine treys combined.
The bench reached 20 points for the second time in the past three games after the Apps received a season-high 27 points from the reserves. Also, Appalachian's 12 points in transition is a season best.
Appalachian will look to bounce back and seek its first win of the season against College of Charleston on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Appalachian State and its wrestlers are continuing to get respect in the national rankings.
With five voting points in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the Mountaineers are unofficially 29th in the country. After being 31st with two voting points last week, App State had the fifth-most team points at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia thanks to two third-place finishes and four fourth-place finishes.
One of App State's third-place finishers, senior Forrest Przybysz, has appeared this week at No. 20 in InterMat's national rankings for the 174-pound division.
Przybysz is 9-3 this year and 65-40 for his career after a 5-1 showing in Philadelphia. He also placed fourth at the season-opening Hokie Open and posted a 2-0 record at the Mountaineer Duals, which included a Southern Conference victory against Davidson.
Another App State team member, Matt Zovistoski, who has been wrestling unattached this season, is ranked No. 14 at 149 pounds by InterMat.
The Mountaineers return to action Sunday at 2 p.m. with a road match against North Carolina, which is unofficially 33rd in the NWCA poll with two voting points. App State is back in Varsity Gym to face No. 6 N.C. State on Dec. 10.
The Newberry Men’s Basketball Team (5-1, 1-0) scored the final 13 points of the game to rally and defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (0-4, 0-1), 77-75, Monday evening in the South Atlantic Conference opener at Eleazer Arena.
The Wolves’ Marshall Lange (High Point, N.C.) was one of three players to score in double figures, leading the squad with 18 points on the night. The Wolves were also in control from the free throw line, connecting on 15-of-20 attempts.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) led all scorers with 22 points including six treys off the bench to go along with five rebounds while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) added 16 points in the setback. Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) had a big night – totaling 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks – in the losing effort.
The contest was a game of runs as the Bears put together a 44-16 run through both halves to turn a 14-point deficit into a 14-point advantage.
Lenoir-Rhyne has now lost nine straight games dating back to the end of the last year.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Limestone on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Appalachian State head women's cross country coach and track & field distance coach Michael Curcio has announced the signing of Izzy Evely (Huntersville, N.C./Lake Norman Charter School).
"We are very excited to have Izzy join our program," said Curcio. "She has shown the talent and work ethic to step right in and contribute to our continued success in cross country."
Evely helped guide her team to a runner up finish at the state championship meet, posting a career-best time of 18:07 in the meet.
During the track season, her primary focus will be on middle distance. As a sophomore, she earned All-State honors after posting a third place finish in a personal record 2:17 in the 800-meters. As a junior, she placed third in the 1600-meters in a personal record of 5:15 to also earn All-State honors.
"Just as importantly she has showed range from the 800m up," added Curcio. "We 'll need that that range to stay successful in the Sun Belt. She has already expressed an interest in the steeplechase. She has the right tools and mindset to be a factor at the Sun Belt level and beyond."
On the men's side, Curcio also announced the signing of Dakota Mendenhall (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forbush) for the 2018 season.
Mendenhall was the 2A West Regional Cross Country champion in the 2017 season. As a junior, he finished as the runner up at the 2A State Cross Country meet.
In addition, he also has had success and will provide a boost in distance events for the Mountaineers in track & field. As a junior, he was runner up at the outdoor state championships in the 1600-meter run.
"We are certainly looking forward to having Dakota up here on the mountain. We've watched Dakota mature over that last two years. We got to see his work ethic up close last summer when he came to our summer distance camp. He shows solid range with a personal best as a junior of 4:21 over the full mile," said Curcio. "At the state meet we watched the kind of competitor he is as he battled from the gun to a runner up finish in the 1600m. I think he will be able to step up the 8k distance to join a rapidly maturing group of current Mountaineers."
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Alyx Koert has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week, league officials announced.
Koert, a junior from Naples, Fla., had an outstanding performance this past weekend at the 2017 Marriott Fall Frenzy, finishing ninth in the 200-yard backstroke with a school-record 2:06.59 and 10th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.30).
Koert also holds school records in three freestyle events – 500-yard (5:06.99), 1,000-yard (10:29.14) and 1,650-yard (17:22.70) – and two other backstroke events: 50-yard (28.92) and 100-yard (59.45).
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in a tri-meet against top-ranked Queens and Limestone on Saturday, January 13, in Charlotte, N.C.
The Sun Belt Conference announced Monday that it will exercise its six-day selection option in determining the Dec. 2 kickoff times for the Appalachian State-Louisiana and Arkansas State-Troy football games.
The regular season finale between the Mountaineers and Ragin' Cajuns on Dec. 2 in Boone has been tentatively scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN3, but it could possibly move to 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 if it's selected over the finale between Arkansas State and Troy, who could both be 6-1 in the league with at least a share of a Sun Belt title going to the winner of that meeting in Jonesboro, Ark.
App State, Arkansas State, Troy and Georgia State are currently part of a four-way tie for first place with 5-1 league records, and Louisiana is one game behind them at 4-2.
The Sun Belt plans to release official times and networks for the App State-Louisiana and Arkansas State-Troy finales on Saturday night, after the Mountaineers' game at Georgia State and other noteworthy games have been completed. In most cases, the league releases kickoff times and network assignments 12 days in advance, as it did Monday with three other Dec. 2 games.
Dec. 2 is set to be an eventful day in Boone, as a home basketball game between App State's men and American Athletic Conference member South Florida has been scheduled to follow an afternoon football game and have a 7 p.m. start time at the Holmes Center. The Bulls play in North Carolina at Elon that Thursday night and have a home game two days after the appearance in Boone.
If the football kickoff time moves to 7:30 p.m, further basketball implications will be announced to fans at a later date.
In an exciting and hard-fought battle, it was Newton-Conover that got the lone goal to win the school’s third State Championship in Men’s Soccer in the school’s history.
The two teams both showcased a very physical brand of soccer, each creating numerous chances throughout the game. First Flight peppered Newton-Conover keeper Jon Joplin all game, showering the sophomore with 15 shots, 11 of them on frame. Joplin stood firm, making all 11 required saves for the shutout.
The sparkling championship moment for the Red Devils came in the 58th minute as a clearance out of the Devil defense found the lone forward at the time, Francisco Tapia at midfield. Outnumbered 3-1, Tapia forced the issue, dribbling through the Nighthawk rear defenders and working the ball to his left foot. Tapia slotted a shot low and hard along the ground just to the left of the sprawling left foot of keeper Stryker Owens to give Newton-Conover a 1-0 lead.
Tapia’s goal made him the match MVP and was the lone goal surrendered by the emergency keeper for First Flight. Owens was tapped as the starter when First Flight’s starting keeper, Lucas Neitherlander, sustained a hand injury during the pre-game warm-ups.
First Flight ended the season 21-2, with an 8-0 record in the Northeastern Coastal 2A where they were the champions of the league. They won the Eastern Regional for the second straight year and fourth time in school history.
Tapia, who won the MVP honor in 2014 as well, becomes only the third player in state history to win MVP honors for a second time.
Newton-Conover secured the school’s third State Championship in Men’s Soccer. The Red Devils season concluded with 27-0-2 with a perfect 14-0 record in the South Fork 2A. The Red Devils won the Western Regional title for the third time in school history and the first time since 2014.
In just her second game back from a knee injury, guard Tory Agrusa scored a team-high 16 points, leading the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team to an 88-56 victory against the Belmont Abbey JV team on Sunday.
Center Zharia Brown added 15 points in the win for CVCC, which improves to 3-1 overall on the season.
Red Hawk sophomores Nikkyana McCaskill and Shaniya Lester also reached double digits in scoring in the contest with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Red Hawks return to the court on Tuesday for a road non-conference contest against the Mount Olive junior varsity squad. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Third-place finishes from Forrest Przybysz and Alan Clothier highlighted a strong showing for Appalachian State’s wrestling team at the Keystone Classic on Sunday.
Competing at The Palestra in Philadelphia, the Mountaineers totaled 96.5 points to rank fifth among 12 teams in the high-profile field. In addition to the third-place efforts from Przybysz at 174 pounds and Clothier at 184 pounds, App State benefited from fifth-place finishes by Laken Cook (157), Thomas Flitz (165), Taylor Jackson (184) and Cary Miller (285).
App State’s sixth-place finishes came from Randall Diabe (197) and Bradley Irwin (141), while Gavin Londoff (149), Joe Accousti (165) and Michael Elliott (165) had seventh-place finishes.
Przybysz reached the semifinals with a 3-0 start that included decisive wins against Penn’s Khamari Whimper (15-0 technical fall), Franklin and Marshall’s Josh Young (16-5 major decision) and Eastern Michigan’s Andrew McNally (10-0 major decision). Przybysz lost a 6-2 decision to Harvard’s Joseph Johnson before capping a 5-1 weekend with victories against Duke’s Matthew Finesilver (13-11 decision) and Northwestern’s Johnny Sebastian (5-2 decision).
Clothier won a 6-1 decision over Drexel’s Owen Brooks before suffering a 4-2 loss to Northwestern’s Mitch Sliga. Clothier responded by going 4-0 with victories against Eastern Michigan’s Kayne MacCallum (5-2 decision), Penn State’s Devon Van Cura (3-1 decision), Drexel’s Josh Murphy (3-2 decision) and Rider’s Michale Fagg-Daves (3-2 decision).
App State returns to action next Sunday with a road match against North Carolina at 2 p.m. in Chapel Hill. The Mountaineers are back in Varsity Gym to face N.C. State on Dec. 10.
Behind a career-high 27 points from guard Tyrell Oglesby, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team scored a 98-93 win against Combine Academy during the final day of the Chick-Fil-A Caldwell Classic on Saturday at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute.
CVCC trailed 54-45 at halftime of the contest, but Oglesby powered the Red Hawks (3-3) back on top for good in the game, scoring 21 points in the second half.
Oglesby made seven 3-pointers in the contest, including five of those in the second half.
Five Red Hawk players reached double digits in scoring in Saturday’s game, including Oglesby, Hughston Finklea (15 points), Dorieon Suggs (12), Isayah Johnson (11) and Caleb Bryson (10).
Klay Brown paced Combine Academy with 22 points and Josh Elmore added 18 points.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Tuesday with a home game against rival Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
Freshman Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) scored a personal-high 20 points, and redshirt-sophomore Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) poured in a season-best 15 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough as App State women's basketball (0-4) suffered a heartbreaking 59-57 defeat to Davidson (2-2) on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
Trailing 57-51 with 1:41 left in the game, Gosnell hit two of her team-high four 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions highlighted by her game-tying trifecta with 16 seconds left to bring the score to a 57-57 tie. On the ensuing possession, Davidson's Justine Lyon gave the visitors the lead with 6.7 seconds left in the game. Appalachian would have the length of the court to get a shot off but failed to do so.
Gosnell made her first-career start and didn't disappoint as she also grabbed a career-best nine boards and more than doubled her scoring output in one game compared to the first three contests of the season. The Demorest, Ga., native stepped up in the second half scoring 14 of her 20 points in the stanza and hitting three of her 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Craven had her best game of the young campaign, shooting an efficient 4-of-8 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. The duo combined for 35 of the Mountaineers' 57 points and all five of the Apps' trifectas. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted a new career-high of 16 rebounds along with eight points, four assists, two steals and two blocks.
Turnovers doomed the Mountaineers once again as the Wildcats forced 25 turnovers into 24 points, which was 40 percent of their point total, and only committed 13 themselves. Appalachian also missed opportunities at the free throw line going 14-for-22 from the charity stripe.
Davidson jumped out to an 18-8 first quarter lead thanks in large part to nine Black and Gold miscues and holding App to 25 percent shooting in the opening period. However, Appalachian sliced the deficit in the second frame to single digits going into halftime, 28-21, after a 5-2 spurt thanks to buckets from Plummer and Gosnell over the final 1:47 to give App some momentum going into the half.
The Apps came out hitting their first three shots of the second half to dwindle the Davidson lead to just four, 31-27. Just when it looked like Appalachian was ready to take over, Davidson forced five turnovers that contributed to an 11-2 run to push the lead to as much as 13, 42-29. But slowly, the Mountaineers didn't give up as they trimmed the deficit to five points by the end of the third quarter, 46-41. Eight of the 12 points during the 12-4 surge over the last 5:34 were scored at the free throw line along with back-to-back layups by Craven and Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C/Atkins).
Gosnell's 3-pointer in the early goings of the fourth quarter brought App to within one possession of Davidson 46-44, but three straight trips at the line gave the Wildcats a 51-44 advantage. Davidson kept the Black and Gold at bay until the thrilling finish in the final 1:41 of the contest. App State outscored Davidson in the last three periods of the game after trailing by 10 points in the opening frame.
Gosnell's 20 points is the most for a freshman since Maryah Sydnor scored 30 points against Chattanooga on March 4, 2012, during the 2011-12 campaign
Gosnell is the second freshman this season to score in double figures in their first-career start (Tierra Wilson vs. Georgia Tech; 11/10/17; 15 points)
Plummer has reached double-digit rebounds in all four games this season, as she's averaging 13.5 rebounds per game. Her 16 boards are the first time a Mountaineer has amassed 15-plus off the glass since KeKe Cooper corralled 16
in a road win at Troy on Jan. 28, 2016.
Plummer's performance on the glass is the most a player in the Sun Belt has recorded in a game this season.
Craven's 15 points are the most she's scored since returning from her ACL injury, while it's also the most she has scored at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers will have a quick turnaround as they look to right the ship against North Carolina A&T on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Greensboro.
Sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) scored a career-high 19 points off the bench to lead Appalachian State past UTEP 76-72 at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach on Sunday.
Williams finished 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) from the field and went 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) on 3-pointers. He also grabbed a career-best seven rebounds and dished out five assists.
Senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) added 11 points on 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) shooting in a reserve role.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) battled early foul trouble but finished with 12 points. He is now just 10 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Macon, Ga./Greenforst McCalep Christian Academy) grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with seven points off the bench.
The Mountaineers (3-2) used an early 11-0 run, keyed by seven points from Williams to open an early 16-5 lead.
Al late 6-0 spurt, with 3-pointers coming from junior Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) allowed the Black and Gold to take a 42-28 lead into the break.
UTEP (1-3) opened the second half by scoring the first 16 points to jump in front 44-42 with 14:37 remaining in the contest.
The Miners would continue to expand their lead and built a 62-55 advantage, before App State responded with seven straight points to knot the score at 62-62 with 5:40 to go.
A 3-pointer by Williams gave the Black and Gold a brief 68-67 lead, but UTEP's Keith Frazier answered with a jumper to put the Miners right back in front with 3:59 to go.
But the Mountaineer defense locked in and held the Miners scoreless for a 3:43 stretch and got a trey from junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson), a layup from senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and a free throw from Forrest to take a 73-68 lead with 39 seconds left.
After a trio of free throws by UTEP, Shabazz missed a pair of free throws. The Miners grabbed the rebound and Frazier drew a foul. He made the first attempt but missed the second, with Williams securing the rebound and getting fouled.
Clinging to a 73-72 lead, Williams nailed both free throws to make the score 75-72 in favor of the Mountaineers with 5.9 seconds left.
Appalachian fouled on the ensuing inbound and the Miners missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw. Kinney grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He split a pair of free throws to put the game away.
The Mountaineers held a 43-29 edge in rebounding, including a 12-5 edge on the offensive glass.
App State will be back at it on Wednesday, taking on James Madison in a road contest that will begin at 4 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped a 78-75 defeat at the hands of Moravian Prep during the first day of the Chick-Fil-A Caldwell Classic at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute on Friday night.
Myles Williams paced the Red Hawks (2-3) with a team-high 17 points, and teammates Steve Ruszala and Tyrell Oglesby also reached double digits in scoring with 13 and 10 points each, respectively.
Hunter Meyer paced the Lions with 18 points and Bryce Foggins chipped in 10 points.
Moravian Prep led 35-32 at halftime, scoring 15 of its first half points on 3-pointers.
The Red Hawks tried to power their way back in the game in the second half, scoring 26 of its 43 points in the half inside the perimeter.
However, the Lions were able to hold on for the close three-point victory.
Behind 19 points from Nikkyana McCaskill and 18 points from Shaniya Lester, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team defeated Brunswick Community College 69-50 on Friday night in the Red Hawks conference opener at the Tarlton Complex.
CVCC (2-1, 1-0) trailed 17-16 after one quarter of play, but quickly erased that one-point deficit behind six points in the second quarter from Lester. The Red Hawks led 38-29 at halftime.
In the second half, Catawba Valley extended its led paced by eight points apiece from Lester and McCaskill, who finished the game making 3-of-5 field goals from 3-point range.
Danielle Brisson paced Brunswick (1-2, 0-1) with 11 points, and teammate L Basnight added 10 points.
Patton's season ends at 9-4.
Hibriten advances to the third round hosting Franklin
Mount Pleasant: 28
Fred T. Foard: 14
Tigers season ends at 9-4.
Hickory Rodge: 55
South Caldwell: 28
Spartans season ends at 1-11.