The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team secured their first win of the season on Friday, and freshman goalie Teanna Sieben was announced by the South Atlantic Conference on Monday morning, the Defensive Player of the Week honor, her first of her career.
In her collegiate debut in goal, Sieben was crucial in the defense of the Bears 16-13 road win at Belmont Abbey. The Saskatchewan, CANADA native played the entire second half and collected nine saves, allowing six goals and held the Crusaders off for the LR victory.
This is her first Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. The Bears will return to action as they host Sunshine State Conference opponent, Florida Tech, on Friday with a 4 p.m. start time.
Appalachian State head volleyball coach Matt Ginipro has announced that Colby Arrington has been named an assistant coach for the program.
"Any time you meet young coaches, part of you wonders if you would hire that person in the future if you had an opening," added Ginipro. "That's exactly what happened when Colby came to work our camp a few summers ago. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the game and his passion for the sport."
Arrington spent last season at William & Mary, where he helped Claire Farrell earn Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team honors.
Prior to William & Mary, Arrington was a member of the James Madison coaching staff in which he held various positions throughout his three-year stint with the program. During the 2017 campaign, the Dukes compiled a 23-6 record as they went on to win their second consecutive CAA Championship, before falling to Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Arrington was an instrumental piece in guiding four players to All-Conference honors, which included three members on the All-CAA Second Team and one member on the CAA All-Rookie Team. Working primarily with defense and serve/pass systems, he also guided senior libero, Taylor Austin, to AVCA All-Region Honors.
While at JMU, Arrington was also a member of the nationally-ranked men's club volleyball program. He served as president of the organization for two years where he was responsible for running the day-to-day operations which included practice planning, fundraising, and travel arrangements.
Throughout his college career, Arrington was actively involved with JMU Volleyball Camps and spent time working other college and satellite camps. Prior to his time at JMU, Arrington spent three years on the 18's coaching staff for Next Revolution Volleyball Club in Roanoke, Va.
A native of Rocky Mount, Va., Arrington earned his Bachelor of Science in sport & recreation management from JMU in 2017.
"As I got to know Colby more over the past year, I realized that he would definitely be high on my list if I had an opening on my staff," added Ginipro. "I think he's an up and coming young coach who fits perfectly in our team culture and is going to do great things for Mountaineer volleyball."
Appalachian State Softball falls to the Elon Phoenix 4-0 in an errorless matchup Sunday.
The Apps' sole hit came from freshman Mary Pierce Barnes in her first start as a Mountaineer.
Junior Sydney Holland (0-2) takes the loss. Kenzie Longanecker entered the circle in the fifth inning, escaping a two-out, bases-loaded situation. The two right-handers combined allowed four runs with three strikeouts and six walks.
Baylee Morton, who led the Sun Belt in runners picked off in 2018, threw her first pickoff in the fourth inning at third base.
The Mountaineers continue play on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Boone for a home-opening doubleheader against N.C. A&T. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
In the finale of the 2019 NFCA Leadoff Classic, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team dropped a 3-1 decision to Florida Tech on Sunday morning. The Panthers pushed their winning streak to six straight, while the Bears lost four of five against top of the line competition in the Sunshine State.
Mackensi Swain provided the only scoring for the Bears with a solo bomb in the seventh inning. For the junior, the homer was the first of the season and tenth of her career.
As was the case in both LR games yesterday, the contest was scoreless until late in the afternoon. With no score in the bottom of the fifth, Florida Tech pushed across a pair of runs on two hits in the inning.
The Panthers added insurance in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI base hit. However, Macie Gibson limited the damage by throwing out a runner at the plate to end the inning.
LR was held to four hits in the contest with Swain's being the only extra base hit. Gibson, Leanna Sherrill and Savannah Moorefield each had singles.
Brandi Parks was the tough-luck loser in the circle, taking her first loss on the year despite allowing four hits and two runs. Parks struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
The majority of the teams competing in the NFCA Leadoff Classic advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
Moorefield reached base twice in the game, once via a free pass, and has reached safely in six of seven games so far this year.
The Bears drop to 3-4 on the season. L-R will return to action on Saturday in their home opener against Virginia St. on Saturday at noon. The game is part of LR's Bear Bash Tournament.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team completed a four-game sweep against USC Union on Sunday, winning both games of a second-straight doubleheader against the Bantams at Sarratt-Whitener Field.
Game one: CVCC 14, USC Union 3 (five innings)
The Red Hawks erupted for 13 hits at the plate, including three off the bat of Trent Jones, to earn the run-rule victory against the Bantams in the opening game of the doubleheader on Sunday.
R.J. Conner and Sabion Thomas led CVCC (3-0) with three RBI each, while Jackson Brown and Brett Eurey tallied two each.
Eurey also connected on his first career home run — a solo shot to left field in the top of the third inning.
On the mound, Red Hawks starting pitcher Timothy Davila allowed one hit, one unearned run, three walks and struck out three batters in three innings of work to earn his first win of the season.
Red Hawk pitchers Chris Banks, Noah Eaker and Davila combined to allow just three hits and one earned run in the contest.
Game two: CVCC 3, USC Union 2 (seven innings)
Kevin Gonzalez delivered a clutch two-RBI hit in the fourth inning and pitcher Myles White closed out a bases loaded situation in the seventh inning, securing CVCC's one-run victory against the Bantams in the doubleheader finale on Sunday.
Despite a stout performance from Red Hawks starter Trae Starnes, the Bantams cracked the scoreboard first in the third inning, scoring an unearned run on a sac bunt from Justin Kerosetz, plating Dez Good.
The Red Hawks answered quickly when Gonzalez plated Vinny Consolo and Jamie Sheek on a two-out, two-RBI double to left field that put Catawba Valley ahead for good in the contest.
Consolo added an insurance run on a fielder's choice in the top of the sixth inning, scoring catcher Javier Socorro to make it a 3-1 CVCC lead.
However, the Bantams fought back to load the bases in the ninth inning, scoring one run on a wild pitch.
However, relief pitcher White was able to force USC Union's Preston Farmer to fly out to Sheek in foul territory to end the game.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend when it faces DI powerhouse Walters State. The Red Hawks and Senators play a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. before playing a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.
The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team won its 11th straight game on Sunday, defeating Lenoir Community College 78-41 at Coach Bobby Dawson Court.
Sophomore forward Sherry Johnson scored 30 points to lead the Red Hawks (19-3, 13-1 in Region X) — her second 30-point game this week.
The Red Hawks took a 20-11 lead after the first quarter and held the Lancers to just five points in the second quarter to go ahead 36-16 at halftime.
CVCC scored at least 20 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, and the Red Hawks' defense gave up just 25 second-half points to the Lancers in their 37-point conference win.
Ivy Eller and Zharia Brown also reached double figures in scoring for Catawba Valley with 13 points apiece, while Aniya Taylor added 12 points.
Chrystall Jerome and Tammaria Smith led the Lancers with 11 points apiece.
The CVCC women's basketball team tries to extend the winning streak to 12 games on Friday when it returns home for a conference game against Guilford Tech. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Titans is set for 6 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team opened its 10th Anniversary season in style on Saturday afternoon with a two-game sweep of host USC Union at Sarratt-Whitener Field.
Game one: CVCC 8, USC Union 2
The Red Hawks scored six runs in the first two innings and held the Bantams to just three total hits in a six-run victory in the opening game of the two team’s series on Saturday afternoon.
CVCC took a quick 1-0 lead through one inning and added to that advantage by scoring five runs in the top of the second — four of them coming on a pair of two-RBI doubles from Garrison Burress and Grant Tilley.
On the mound, starting pitcher Blake Dockery was dominant — allowing no hits, no runs, one walk and striking out one batter to earn his first victory.
After Dockery exited in the third inning, the Bantams broke on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Alex Miller, who later scored in the inning on a passed ball.
Catawba Valley answered with a pair of insurance runs late off the bat of Trent Jones in the top of the seventh to seal the season-opening victory.
Game two: CVCC 10, USC Union 8
Behind shortstop Garrison Burress’ five-RBI performance, the Red Hawks closed out a sweep of the Bantams during the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader.
CVCC and USC Union battled early and often for the lead in game two.
The Bantams took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when a dropped third strike plated a run, but the Red Hawks answered with three runs in the top of the second, including a two-RBI single from Burress and an RBI single by Cole Chapman.
USC Union pulled back within 3-2 after scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning on an error, but CVCC expanded its lead to seven runs with a six-run fourth inning.
Burress drove in three of those runs on his first home run of the season. Trent Jones added an RBI double, while David Kennedy and Cole Chapman drove in one run each on a pair of singles.
The Bantams answered back with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth, led by RBI singles from Carter Lott and Dez Good.
After Chapman drove in his third run of the game on a fly out in the top of the sixth inning, USC Union made one final push in the seventh inning with a two-run home run by Daiquon Davenport.
However, CVCC relief pitcher Chase Covington was able to close the door, striking out three batters in his lone inning of work, to seal the win.
Starting pitcher Logan Bender earned his first win of the season for the Red Hawks, allowing two unearned runs, two walks, no hits and striking out seven batters.
The Red Hawks and Bantams squad off in a second doubleheader on Sunday afternoon in Union, S.C. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-5) suffered a 4-0 setback to a formidable East Carolina (5-1) team inside the ECU Tennis Facility.
The Mountaineers came in facing a tough Pirate team that has won 25 of its last 31 matches at home. Appalachian fell in the doubles portion before ECU claimed three matches in singles.
App State's Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) and Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal) teamed up on Court No. 1 but was edged by Ronny Georgi and Wisse Jonker, 6-3. Alex Brea and Milo Bargeron suffered a 6-0 decision to Diogo Marques and Austin Allen, 6-0. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./ Needham B. Broughton) were tied, 4-4, with Simon Labbe and Austin Allen, but went unfinished.
Pavkovich fell to Jonker, 6-0, 6-1 before Viana was topped by Vlad Anghel, 6-3, 6-1. Bargeron was the final match finished. The junior won the first set before Marques collected the next two sets to complete the match. Heaven and Stone's match went unfinished.
App State will return to action next weekend for a pair of matches. The Mountaineers will face Furman on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Greenville, S.C. before they take on UNC Asheville the following day on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Asheville.
ECU 4, App State 0
Georgi/Jonker (ECU) def. Heaven/Viana (App), 6-3
Marques/Allen (ECU) def. Brea/Bargeron (App), 6-0
Pavkovich/Stone (App) vs. Labbe/Renones (ECU), 4-4, unf.
Marques (ECU) def. Milo Bargeron (App), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
Anghel (ECU) def. Afonso Viana (App), 6-3, 6-1
Jonker (ECU) def. Pavkovich (App), 6-0, 6-1
Zion Heaven (App) vs. Renones (ECU), 2-2, unf.
Campbell Stone (App) vs. Georgie (ECU), 1-0, unf
Both Lenoir-Rhyne and Mount Olive had the bats hot in game three of the series on Sunday, but it was the Bears who would come up short in the 14-8 nonconference loss on Sunday. The Trojans went home with a road sweep in regional action.
Both the Bears and Trojans knocked out one grand slam each, one by Mike McHugh for Lenoir-Rhyne and the other was Joe Mason from Mount Olive.
Each position player for Lenoir-Rhyne earned a hit in the game, with two leading the way with two each. Clayton Jeffries and Zack Shoemaker each went 2-for-5, but Jeffries added two runs batted in.
Neither starter, Jake Conroy or Hunter Britt, made it through inning four and each got a no decision, being bailed out by their team's offense. Mount Olive's Caleb Irwin earned the win as he worked 6.1 innings without giving up an earned run on three hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Kevin LaRosa took the loss for the Bears, giving up five runs, three of them earned, without recording an out.
The Trojans were led by Mason, who went 2-for-4, was responsible for the grand slam and walked twice in his chances at the plate.
Lenoir-Rhyne has now lost five in-a-row and is winless at home.
The eight runs scored in this one is a season-high just seven games in and this was the first grand slam of the year.
The Bears are 1-6 on the early season. L-R is back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Erskine for their fourth road game of the season. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. in Due West, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne baseball dropped a pair of games to the visiting Mount Olive Trojans on Saturday afternoon, 16-2 and 7-3. The Bears have lost four in a row on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne used five pitchers and gave up 16 runs on 11 hits thanks in large part to free passes by the Bears arms' and timely hitting from the Trojans.
Lenoir-Rhyne gave up six runs in the first inning of game two, but Alex Shirazi settled in and the bats began to wake up for the Bears in game two of the day. Shirazi and Hunter Martin combined to pitch in the seven inning game as much as the bullpen was used in game one of the day. Shirazi was credited with his first loss of the season as Caleb Bishop picked up the win for the Trojans.
The Bears were efficient at the plate in the second game, scoring three runs on three hits, and each came from a separate player. Matthew Freeman, E.J. Ranel, and Corbin Watson all earned base knocks and Brock Johnson, Ranel and Clayton Jeffries were credited with one run batted in each.
Lenoir-Rhyne looks to salvage Sunday's game with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its 10th straight game on Saturday afternoon, winning 85-38 against conference host Wake Tech to sweep the regular season series against the Eagles.
Seven different CVCC women’s basketball players reached double figures in scoring in Saturday’s game, including a team-high 15 points from Milequa Eason.
Danielle Rainey (13 points), Ivy Eller (12), Aniya Taylor (12), Sherry Johnson (11), Zharia Brown (10) and Taziah Hardin (10) also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks (18-3, 12-1 in Region X).
Paced by 10 first-half points from Eller, Catawba Valley grabbed a 39-24 halftime led on Saturday, and the Red Hawks went on to outscore the Eagles 46-22 during the second half. Johnson scored nine of her 11 points during the half.
Timia Grant paced the Eagles (11-10, 6-8 in Region X) with a game-high 20 points.
The CVCC women’s basketball team will try to stretch its winning streak to 11 games on Sunday with a second road conference contest in two days with Lenoir Community College. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. in Kinston, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team opened its 2019 campaign with a home game against the Limestone Saints but came out on the wrong end of a 19-9 final. Eric Dickinson scored a team-high four goals for the Bears who were outscored 11-3 in the second half.
In addition to Dickinson, multiple goals from Quinn Kuhn and Ben Austin.
Limestone scored the game’s first four goals and never trailed in the contest. A goal from Joe Buduo cut the Saints lead to 9-7 with 10:43 left in the third quarter but Limestone would tally 10 of the final 12 goals on the afternoon.
The Saints had a slim 47-43 advantage in shots and 31-25 lead in ground balls. One of the biggest differences was Limestone's 28 shots on goal compared to 20 for the Bears.
The Bears went 13-for-20 in clear attempts and turned the ball over 18 times in the non-conference matchup.
Limestone avenged a 17-13 loss on Saints Field a season ago.
LR finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage, while the Saints went 1-for-2.
Lenoir-Rhyne stays at home next weekend when they host Belmont Abbey for a 1 p.m. matchup.
For the second game in a row, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball lost in the final seconds. Anderson came away with a 71-70 victory inside Shuford Gym on Saturday evening, giving the Bears consecutive one-possession losses in the same week.
The Trojans' Gage Ellis followed up an air balled 3-point attempt and laid it in as the shot clock expired to give Anderson a 71-68 lead with just under 12 seconds to play. A pair of Jon Jean free throws cut the lead to one before Anderson missed the front end of a one-and-one. However, the Bears were unable to convert a sideline out of bounds and Anderson secured the season sweep.
The Bears went cold, shooting a season-worst 36.5 percent from the field and 19.0 percent from long range. The Trojans dominated the lane, outscoring the Bears 36-22 in the paint.
Senior guard Djibril Diallo finished with 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Diallo was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with six rebounds, three assists and two steals before fouling out late in regulation.
Jon Jean (12 points) and Cory Thomas (10 points) also finished in double figures for the Bears. Anderson was paced by 14 points from Gage Ellis and 12 from Randall Shaw.
The visitors committed 22 fouls and had two players foul out.
LR drops to fourth place with the loss, half-a-game ahead of Wingate.
Darius Simmons saw his consecutive made 3-point streak come to an end with a misfire Saturday. Prior to his miss against Anderson, Simmons had knocked down eight straight triples.
The Bears are 16-6 overall and now 9-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will stay at home on Wednesday night and host Wingate at 8 p.m. with sole possession of fourth place on the line.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team battled the South Atlantic Conference's top team on Saturday afternoon but fell by a final score of 69-63 inside Shuford Gym on Saturday afternoon. The win is the 19th in a row for the Trojans who have a three game lead in the conference standings over Wingate.
The Bears had a trio of players lead the team in scoring with 12 each: Madeline Hardy, Karlie Bearden and Kendall Toineeta. Hardy ended up dominating on the glass with 13 rebounds, giving her a double-double on the afternoon.
Kennedy Weigt led the Bears with three made three pointers in the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne outscored the Trojans in the paint 30-22 and off the bench, 25-21. Anderson was more efficient from the field as they made 43.9 percent of their shots taken (25-of-57) compared to Lenoir-Rhyne's 39.4 percent (26-of-66).
Anderson had two score in double digits: Madison Baggett (16 points) and Alexy Mollenhauer (13 points). Mollenhauer grabbed 10 boards to give her a double-double in the game.
Hardy's double-double is her fourth of the year. The freshman from Madison, N.C. enjoys going head-to-head with Anderson. In the first matchup this season, Hardy recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 14 boards.
The Bears fell to 4-6 at Shuford Gymnasium this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 11-11 overall and 6-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears continue their home stand as they host Wingate on Wednesday with tip off set for 6 p.m.
On day two of the NFCA Classic, the No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team defeated Eckerd, 9-0 but then fell to No. 22 Valdosta St., 6-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears broke a scoreless tie with a four spot in the top of the fifth inning and cruised to victory against Eckerd. The Bears pushed across all nine runs from the fifth inning on and pounded out 12 hits.
Erin Boone doubled in the first run of the game and came home on a Savannah Moorefield triple. Moorefield would add another RBI in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly.
Kylee Leonhardt and Hannah Jennings each drove in a pair of runs for the Bears and Cassie Healy scored twice.
Brandi Parks earned her second win of the season in the circle, tossing a complete game 5-hitter. Parks struck out nine batters on the day.
In game two, it was Valdosta St. who broke a 0-0 tie in the fifth as they pushed across three runs and scored all six of their runs from the fifth inning on.
Emily Kenley was saddled with her second loss of the year after allowing two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Kenley struck out five batters and issued just one free pass.
LR was held to three hits on the day and struck out nine times.
Valdosta St. is a perfect 7-0 on the young season.
The Bears drop to 1-3 at the NFCA Classic. The finale of LR's trip to Florida takes place Sunday as LR battles Florida Tech at 11 a.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-4) fell to Richmond (4-1) Saturday morning in the ECU Indoor Tennis Facility, 5-2.
The Pirates won the doubles points and picked up four of six singles matches for the win. However, the match was closer than the score indicated with three of Appalachian's losses going to three sets and one match in doubles going into a tiebreak.
Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) dispatched their opponent in convincing fashion as the first tandem done in the No. 3 spot, defeating Klein Evans/Joe Nardini, 6-4.
After Richmond had tied up the singles portion, the deciding match went into a tiebreak. Bence Tamas (Budapest, Hungary) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) fell to Kosh Keitelman and Matt Fernandez, 7-6 (7-0).
Bargeron tied up the match for App when he dealt Brice Polender a straight set, 6-4, 6-0 defeat. Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebe Porto Portugal) fell in a three-frame battle after winning the first set, 6-3, before falling in the next two stanzas.
Pavkovich came back from a one-set deficit to force a third and final frame. He won the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5), but ultimately fell to Matt Fernandez, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Richmond clinched the match on court No. 4 followed by Tamas collecting a 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3) triumph. The freshman also came back from a one-set deficit before storming back for his victory over Walsh.
Blake Carter's (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) match ended the day in a nail-biter. The sophomore won the first set 7-6 (7-5) but fell in the next two stanzas that included a tiebreak against Keitelman.
Appalachian will look to even the weekend tomorrow against the host, ECU, at 12 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (12-10, 6-5 SBC) suffered a 72-65 decision to UT Arlington (18-5, 10-2 SBC) on Play4Kay Day inside the Holmes Center.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) paced the offense with 18 points (12 in the second half) on 6-of-16 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers and a 4-of-5 showing from the line. Facing one of, if not the tallest lineup in the Sun Belt with five players of 6'1 or taller, Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was impressive with her third straight double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Plummer was 6-of-10 in the contest, while she went for 8 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone.
The Mountaineers clawed back from an eight-point deficit early in the third period to close the gap to just one possession at the end of the quarter, 49-47. Trailing 47-41, with 3:07 left in the frame, Story scored the final six points during a 6-2 surge highlighted by a runner at the buzzer.
App went into the final frame with momentum, but UTA scored on back-to-back possessions to go up by six points, 53-47. The Mavs went up by eight (59-51) moments later before Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) came off the bench for her only 3-pointer to slice the lead down to five, 59-54. However, Claire Chastain was left open for a trifecta of her own on the following possession.
UTA stayed in front for the rest of the period. The Mountaineers cut the Mav advantage down to five once more when Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) hit a 3-pointer, 65-60.
That was the closest the Black and Gold would get to the visitors, as two scores on consecutive trips helped UTA pull away.
App State got off to a slow start with the Mavericks starting out with a 7-2 lead. UTA went up 16-9 late in the first quarter before Plummer hit a layup in the paint off a nice pass from Wilson.
Three straight points by Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) to start the second period brought the lead down to just one possession, 16-14. UTA responded by going on an 8-2 run that extended the lead to 24-16.
Story canned a 3-pointer that cut the lead to five, capping off a stretch in which App went 5-for-6. The defense during the stretch couldn't get the stops it needed to while UTA hit its next five shots. The Mavericks eventually pushed the lead to 10 points, 33-23, which was the largest lead for UTA.
App battled back with a 6-0 spurt thanks to a perfect pass by Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) to Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) for a 3-pointer. Wilson added three foul shots to dwindle the UTA favor to four, 33-29.
Bigott answered Cierra Johnson's free throws with a pair of her own that made the lead to four once again, 35-31. Johnson ended the half with a buzzer-beater to give her team a 38-31 lead going into the break.
Appalachian bested UTA on the boards, 37-31, including a 16-5 advantage on the offensive end. In addition, App posted 16 second-chance points to UTA's two and held a 30-24 favor in the paint. The bench also outscored UTA's reserves, 17-15. However, UTA shot 51.9 percent from the floor and made momentum-stopping shots when it looked like App State was preparing for a run.
Johnson led UTA with 19 points and Chastain finished the evening with 17 points.
Appalachian now has a tough three-game road trip coming up. The Mountaineers will have Thursday off before they face Coastal Carolina next Saturday at 2 p.m. in Conway.
Appalachian State Softball dropped an extra-inning decision 7-6 against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
The Mountaineers fell to the Colonels in a three-hour, 10-inning contest. The Apps are 1-2 going into the final game of the Elon Softball Opening Weekend Tournament.
Alison Durrence led the Mountaineer offense going 2-4 with her second homer of opening weekend. Ally Walters smashed an inside pitch down the leftfield line for her first home run of the season. Combined the two homers pushed the Mountaineers ahead 4-0 before the fourth inning.
Juniors Sydney Holland and Kenzie Longanecker split time in the circle. With only one walk, the duo combined to prevent the Colonels from scoring more than seven runs despite having 19 hits.
Both Haley Stewart and Durrence stood out on defense. Stewart captured an unassisted double play in the sixth inning by catching a fly ball in foul territory and making a tag at first base for the second out. Durrence threw a runner out advancing home from deep right field.
International tiebreaker took effect in the 10th inning. The Colonels were able to bring in the winning run in the top of the seventh, unanswered by the Mountaineers.
The Apps will wrap up this weekend's play against the Elon Phoenix at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday before returning to Boone for the home-opening doubleheader against N.C. A&T on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Appalachian State men's basketball came up on the short end of a 78-68 decision at UT Arlington on Saturday afternoon.
Ronshad Shabazz paced App State (8-16, 3-8 SBC) with 15 points, a season-high eight rebounds and a team-high three assists.
Isaac Johnson added nine points and six rebounds, while Justin Forrest had seven points and three rebounds.
Off the bench, Tyrell Johnson reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 11 points. Bennett Holley drained a trio of three-pointers to finish with nine points and Michael Bibby finished with a career-high seven points and three rebounds. In all, the Mountaineer bench held a 30-20 scoring edge.
In the opening half, neither team built a lead larger than four points. A jumper from Shabazz with 4:49 left in the first frame gave the Black and Gold a 33-29 edge. The Mavericks (12-12, 8-3 SBC) used a late spurt to take a 39-37 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, UTA used an early 9-2 run to build a 52-42 lead with 15:41 remaining in the game. The Mavericks pushed their lead to 13 points at 57-44, only to see the Black and Gold cut the deficit to nine points at 59-50 with 11:31 to play. UTA pushed its lead back to 76-61 with just under seven minutes remaining. App State would pull within 10 points late, but could get no closer.
The Mountaineers finished 26-of-59 (44.1 percent) from the field, while UT Arlington went 31-of-71 (43.7 percent) in shooting.
Brian Warren paced the Mavericks with game highs of 22 points and nine assists. Edric Dennis added 14 points and six assists and Andres Ibarguen and TiAndre Jackson-Young each had 10 points.
The Mountaineers will return to Boone and welcome Coastal Carolina to the Holmes Center on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The contest will serve as Alumni Day for the program and the App State football team will also be honored at halftime.
Appalachian State women's track & field competed at the Darius Dixon Invitational, hosted by Liberty, in its final meet before the Sun Belt Championships.
The meet was unscored.
The Mountaineers took the top two spots in the 3,000-meter run. Hana Ratcliffe won the race in 9:56.03, which is a PR and moves her into seventh place in program history in the event. Katelyn Butler was second in the event in 9:57.99 and moved into ninth place on the all-time list in the 3,000-meter run. Izzy Evely placed sixth and Megan Scannell was seventh in 10:15:06 and 10:15.68, respectively.
Emily Fedders posted a season-best in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:52.13, finishing first.
The Mountaineers saw three of the top eight finishers in the 800-meter run. Phylissa Greeley was second in 2:13.18, Kylee Frady placed fifth in 2:18.10 and Ann Mosely Whitsett crossed eighth with a time of 2:20.67.
Hannah Emery continued her strong indoor season, setting a PR in the pole vault, clearing 12-5.00 (3.80m), which placed her fourth in the event and moved her into second place in the Sun Belt. Elisa Sargent also set a new personal best in the 1-mile run, placing fourth in 5:00.40.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Jelonnie Smith, Jessica Dixon, Erin Morrison and Greeley crossed fourth with a time of 3:55.97.
Ashley Muschiatti recorded a fifth-place finish in the weight throw, covering 56-4.50 (17.18m).
App State will shift its focus to the Sun Belt Championships on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Last season, the Black and Gold finished sixth of 12 teams.
In their final meet before the Sun Belt Championships, Appalachian State men's track & field competed at the Darius Dixon Invitational, hosted by Liberty, on Friday and Saturday.
There was no scoring in the meet.
Gable Dershem captured the 5,000-meter run in a season-best 14:59.66. His time moved him from 17th place in the Sun Belt to first heading into the conference championship. Lawson Benfield was sixth in the event in 15:29.05 and Luke Bennett placed seventh with a time of 15:31.06.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Elliott Graves qualified second with a mark of 8.25 seconds. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the finals in 8.24 seconds.
The 4x400-meter relay tandem of De'Shawn Ballard, Jabari Johnson, Sean Doyle and Graves placed third in 3:23.70. Johnson also posted a second place finish in the 200-meter dash in 21.60 seconds, with Brenton Ervin finishing seventh in a season-best 21.83 seconds.
Peter Kenn tied his PR in the weight throw, recording a sixth-place finish with a mark of 53-5.00 (16.28m). Tyler Lewis also recorded a PR in the triple jump, finishing fifth with a mark of 45-00.25 (13.72m).
In the high jump, Jordan Dale placed fourth with a mark of 6-4.25 (1.94m) and Daniel Lauffenburger was sixth also clearing 6-4.25 (1.94m).
The 3,000-meter run saw Michael Flanagan finish sixth in 8:33.31, Isaac Benz cross eighth in 8:38.26 and Ryan Brown place ninth with a time of 8:39.63.
Appalachian State will compete next at the Sun Belt Championships in Birmingham, Ala. On Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. Last season, the Mountaineers placed fifth of eight teams.