An rare cold-shooting night proved too much to overcome as Appalachian State women’s basketball dropped an 81-37 decision to No. 13/15 Georgia on Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (8-2) managed just 10 points in the
first half as the Lady Bulldogs (10-2) raced out to a quick 12-2 lead to snap ASU’s eight-game winning streak.
Appalachian shot just 11.5 percent (3-for-16) from the floor in the game’s first 20 minutes and missed several layups in its attempt to stick with Georgia.
The Apps were able to close the gap to 10 points (20-10) with 6:15 left in the first half, but the Lady Bulldogs slammed the door shut with a 12-0 run to close out the half and head to the locker room with a 32-10 lead.
Georgia continued to pour it on in the second half, outscoring the Mountaineers 49-27 over the final 20 minutes en route to an emphatic home victory.
As a team, Appalachian State shot just 22.2 percent (12-for-54) from the floor including 14.3 percent (2-for-14) from beyond the arc and 45.8 percent (11-for-24) from the charity stripe.
Anna Freeman led the Mountaineers with 14 points while Kelsey Sharkey ripped down a team-high nine rebounds. Courtney Freeman scored nine points and pulled down six boards while Raven Gary pulled in a career-high five rebounds.
Georgia saw three players record double-doubles as Khaalidah Miller led all scorers with 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Krista Donald added 22 points and 13 boards while Jasmine Hassell scored 13 and had 11 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 42.0 percent (29-for-69) from the floor and 74.1 percent (20-for-27) from the free throw line. Georgia pulled down 60 rebounds, 18 on the offensive glass, to Appalachian’s 33 and finished with 15 assists to ASU’s six.
The Mountaineers will close out the calendar year with their final non-conference game of the season against Longwood at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Holmes Center.
GAME NOTES: Appalachian State forced 10 or more turnovers for the 77th-straight game... the Apps dropped to 46-11 when A. Freeman has 10 or more points... with her 14 points, A. Freeman needs just 10 points to become the 21st player in ASU history with 1,000 career points... she also had four steals to give her 209 in her career and notched two blocks to push her career total to 158... the team’s 22.2 percent shooting percentage was the lowest since hitting just 24.1 percent in an 82-42 loss to NC State on Dec. 12, 2003... the 37 points were the lowest total since scoring just 35 in a loss to Wake Forest on Nov. 21, 2008.
GEORGIA 81, ASU 37
1ST 2ND TOTAL
APPALACHIAN STATE..... 10 27 - 37
GEORIGA................32 49 - 81
ASU: SHARKEY 7 (9 REBOUNDS), WELDON 1, C. FREEMAN 9 (6 REBOUNDS), A. FREEMAN 14 (9 REBOUNDS), MALLOW 2, GARY 2 (3 ASSISTS), SYDNOR 2. FG: 12-54, 3FG: 2-14, FT: 11-24. 33 REBOUNDS, 20 TURNOVERS, 6 ASSISTS.
GEORGIA: MILLER 23 (11 REBOUNDS), ARMSTRONG 4 (7 REBOUNDS), MITCHELL 4, HASSELL 13 (11 REBOUNDS), FORD 11, DONALD 22 (13 REBOUNDS), WILLS 4. FG: 29-69, 3FG: 3-18, FT: 60 REBOUNSD, 15 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Raven Gary, by Dave Mayo, ASU Atheltics