Despite leading the entire game, Appalachian State women’s basketball was forced to fight off a pesky UNCG squad in 81-66 Southern Conference win on Monday at Fleming Gymnasium.
The Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 SoCon) raced out to a
19-4 lead after reeling off an early 13-0 run but the Spartans (2-12, 1-5) fought their way back, cutting ASU’s lead to just seven points (32-25) late in the first half before running out of steam in the second half.
After falling behind 6-2, UNCG pulled within two points before Courtney Freeman and Catherine Williams combined for 11 of Appalachian’s next 13 point to build a 19-4 lead with 12:52 remaining in the first half.
The Spartans responded with a 10-3 run of their own to pull within eight points (22-14) at the 8:02 mark. The Apps extended the lead to 12 points (28-16) with 6:04 left on the clock.
UNCG would make another late first-half run to make it 32-25, but the Mountaineers staved off the rally to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room.
Appalachian State extended its lead to as many as 16 points (51-35) in the second half, but the Spartans again fought back to cut the deficit to just eight points (74-66) with under two minutes to play, but the Mountaineers hit three-straight layups in the waning moments to put the game out of reach.
As a team, the Apps shot a blistering 59.3 percent (35-for-59) from the floor including 70.4 percent (19-for-27) in the second half while holding UNCG to just 34.7 percent (25-for-72) from the field.
Appalachian State finished with a 40-35 edge in rebounds, forced 19 turnovers and dished out 24 assists. The Mountaineers also held the Spartans to just 23.5 percent (4-for-17) from beyond the arc.
Freeman led all scorers with a career-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting while Anna Freeman put up 18 points. Maryah Sydnor had 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench and Williams scored 10 and ripped down a game-high 11 boards for her third career double-double.
Chakeitha Weldon dished out eight assists while each half of the Freeman duo notched five. Williams also recorded five block while A. Freeman had four.
UNCG was led on offense by Breonna Patterson’s 16 points while Janae’ Stevenson notched 14. Dayshaun Richbow and Natalie Headley finished with 12 and 10, respectively.
The Mountaineers return home when they play host to Davidson on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
GAME NOTES: Appalachian State forced 10 or more turnovers for the 80th-straight game... the Apps improved to 49-11 when A. Freeman has 10 or more points... the Mountaineers have led the entire way in each of their last three games... Appalachian State improved to 36-9 in SoCon games since the start of the 2009-10 season... the Mountaineers outscored the Spartans 58-32 in the paint and 27-10 on the fast break... Williams move into sixth-place in ASU history with 87 career blocks... ASU’s double-digit scorers combined to shoot 66.6 percent (26-for-39) from the floor.
ASU 81, UNCG 66
SCORE BY PERIODS 1ST 2ND TOTAL
APPALACHIAN STATE 38 43 81
UNC-GREENSBORO 29 37 66
ASU: SHARKEY 2, C. FREEMAN 23, A. FREEMAN 18 (7 REBOUNDS), WELDON 4 (8 ASSISTS), EDWARDS 8, TAYLOR 2, GARY 2, SYDNOR 12, WILLIAMS 10. FG: 35-59, 3FG: 3-7, FT: 8-10. 40 REBOUNDS, 24 TURNOVERS, 24 ASSISTS.
UNCG: HARMON 5, STEVENSON 14 (6 REBOUNDS), SAVAGE 6, HEADLEY 10, PATTERSON 16, WEAVER 3, RICHBOW 12 (5 ASSISTS). FG: 25-72, 3FG: 4-17, FT: 12-18. 35 REBOUNDS, 10 TURNOVERS, 14 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Courtney Freeman, ASU Athletics