On the heels of 23 first-half points by senior Sam Ramirez (Fayetteville, N.C./Southview), Appalachian State University women’s basketball downed Campbell 84-67 in the second game of the Longwood Tournament, Saturday afternoon at Willett Hall.
For the first time since the 1994-95 season Appalachian State is now a perfect 2-0 to start the 2010-11 season.
A Canesha Edwards (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) made free throw earned Appalachian its largest lead of the contest up 59-38 just over six minutes in second-half action, but a tough Campbell squad would not go away quietly.
The Camels posted an 11-1 run trying to get back into the game, as ASU saw its lead diminish to 10 points, up just 64-54.
Appalachian however picked up its pace and answered with an 11-0 run of its own to stretch its lead back to 75-54.
Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) was impressive on the offensive front during the streak, scoring seven points, including hitting a trey.
Dewart stepped up big for ASU finishing the game with just her fifth career double-double, registering 18 points and hauling in a game-high 12 boards.
The Spartanburg, S.C. native also had six blocks and one steal.
Despite a late rally by the Camels, defensive pressure and offensive execution pushed Appalachian to the resounding 17 point victory.
The Black and Gold fell behind 11-10 early in the contest, but an impressive 18-5 Mountaineer run put Appalachian in front 28-16.
It was all Ramirez during the streak for ASU, as she poured in nine points, all coming from behind the arc.
Keeping with her dominance, Ramirez poured in a career and game-best 28 points on 10-16 shooting, including going a stout 6-9 from behind the arc. She also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists.
Made free throws by Dewart and Hillary Southworth (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) along with an Edwards layup saw the Apps take their largest lead of the first half, up 44-27.
Edwards was also strong for the Black and Gold, scoring 14 points while hauling in five rebounds and recording four assists.
A chippy Campbell team would not give up so easily, as a 7-0 Camel streak saw Appalachian’s once commanding lead diminish to just 10 points with Jazmine Cooper pacing CU.
Cooper ended the game as Campbell’s leading scorer with 15 points.
However, a final Dewart layup with less than five second remaining until the break enabled ASU to take a 46-34 advantage heading into halftime.
Taking the 12-point advantage into intermission, Ramirez converted a three-point play in the opening minutes of the second half, drilling a floater and hitting the ensuing layup to push the Apps out in front.
Second half play was intense, but ASU was able to edge Campbell and remain perfect on the young 2010-11 season.
The grueling road stint continues for the Apps as they head to Richmond, Va. to battle the Spiders. Appalachian State and Richmond are set to tip off Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
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ASU 46 38 84
CAMPBELL 34 33 67
ASU: RAMIREZ 28, DEWERT 18 (12 REBOUNDS), EDWARDS 14, WELDON 6 (5 ASSISTS), WILLIAMS 1, C. FREEMAN 8, A, FREEMAN 5, SHARKEY 2, SOUTHWORTH 2.
FG: 30-68, 3P-FGl 8-16, FT: 16-22. 50 REBOUNDS, 21 TURNOVERS.
CAMPBELL: COOPER 15, BAKER 13, CLOXTON 9, CANNON 6, O'NEILL 6, YESH 8, SPRY 6, PRESLEY 4. FG: 20-56, 3P-FG: 7-12, FT: 20-27. 30 REBOUNDS, 19 TURNOVERS.