Chakeitha Weldon had a season-high 15 points and four other players scored indouble-figures as Appalachian State women's basketball stormed past GeorgiaState, 82-58, at the
Starwood Hotels of Atlanta Georgia State ThanksgivingClassic on Saturday, Nov. 26 at GSU Sports Arena.
The Mountaineers (4-1) overcame an early seven-point deficit to rally past the Panthers (1-3) and pick up their fourth-straight win.
Georgia State built a 12-5 lead with 12:44 to play in the first half, but Appalachianreeled off a 14-2 run to take a 19-14 lead on KelseySharkey's layup with 7:04 left on the clock.
The Apps would never surrender the lead the rest of the way and leddouble-digits for nearly the entire second half after Sharkey converted alayup to give Appalachian State a 37-27 lead with 18:49 remaining inregulation.
Appalachianwould lead by as many as 23 points (72-49) with just under five minutes left toplay and scored on CourtneyFreeman's layup with six seconds left to complete the 24-point win.
The Mountaineers shot 44.3 percent (27-for-61) from the floor and were 15-for-26 inthe second half while holding Georgia State to just 27.9 percent (19-for-68)from the floor for the game.
Appalachian State was 23-for-30 from the charity stripe while the Panthers converted just15-of-30 free throws in the contest. Weldon led Appalachian in points whilegrabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Sharkey finished with 13 points while Canesha Edwards (11), Anna Freeman (11) and Catherine Williams (10) all notched double-digit point totals. Williams also finished with a team-high seven rebounds and collected four steals.
Georgia State was led on offense by Chan Harris, who led all players with 18 points and19 rebounds to help the Panthers finish with a 55-36 edge on the glass.
Sharkey and Weldon earned all-tournament honors for their efforts over the weekend with Weldon picking up MVP honors in her hometown.
The Mountaineers open SoCon action against Georgia Southern on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
GAME NOTES: Appalachian State forced 10or more turnovers for the 72nd-straight game... five Mountaineers scored indouble-figures in the same game for the second time this season... ASUoutscored Georgia State 40-28 in the paint and 31-13 off turnovers... the Appswere the only team of the four in attendance to go 2-0 at the Thanksgiving Classic.
ASU 82, GEORGIA STATE 58
1st 2nd Total
Appalachian State...........35 47 - 82
Georgia State.....................27 31 - 58
ASU: SHARKEY 13 (6 REBOUNDS), WILLIAMS 10 (7 REBOUNDS), WELDON 14, C. FREEMAN 8, A. FREEMAN 11 (6 REBOUNDS), EDWARDS 11, GARY 5, MALLOW 9. FG: 27-61, 3FG: 5-10, FT: 23-30. 36 REBOUNDS, 21 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
GSU: HARRIS 18 (19 REBOUNDS), PAULK 4, LONG 9, MEANS 5, ANDERSON 3, HARGRAVES 5, NOLAN 4, WATSON 1, JOHNSON 9. FG: 19-68, 3FG: 5-13, FT: 15-30. 55 REBOUNDS, 31 TURNOVERS, 10 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Chakeitha Weldon, by David Scearce, ASU Athletics