Appalachian State University women’s basketball downed Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern, 57-46, on Saturday at Hanner Field House. The Mountaineers (17-3, 11-1 SoCon) defeated the Lady Eagles (7-15, 3-10) for the second time this season, picked up their
sixth-straight win and won in Statesboro for the first time since 2007.
Appalachian State scored the first points of the contest on a layup from Courtney Freeman just 23 seconds into the game. GSU responded with a three-pointer from Meredyth Frye at the 18:47 mark to give the Lady Eagles an early lead.
Georgia Southern was able to extend its lead to as many as seven points (17-10) before the Apps reeled off a 10-0 run to take a 20-17 lead with 8:47 left on the clock. The Mountaineers held GSU without a field goal for over five minutes (11:51-6:32) before Frye converted a layup to give the Lady Eagles a 23-22 lead.
The teams would trade buckets on the next two possessions, but the Mountaineers were able to take the lead back with six-straight points in the final two minutes before Georgia Southern scored the final bucket of the half to cut ASU’s lead to 30-27 at the break.
Appalachian State would maintain a slim lead throughout the second half as the Lady Eagles had a chance to tie the game seven minutes into the half, but Tashayla Steede missed a free throw and the Apps clung to a 40-39 lead.
Back-to-back layups from Canesha Edwards and Chakeitha Weldon extended the Mountaineers’ lead to five points (44-39) with 13:09 left to play.
ASU saw is lead diminish to just two points on two occasions over the next five minutes, but was able to find some breathing room (48-44) on Anna Freeman’s layup with 6:26 left on the clock.
Georgia Southern was able to keep the game close in the final moments, but C. Freeman extended the lead to 53-46 with a layup in the final minute and A. Freeman converted four-straight free throws to cap off a 57-46 win.
ppalachian State shot 43.9 percent (25-for-57) from the floor including a 7-for-9 mark from the charity stripe. Georgia Southern shot just 32.1 percent (18-for-56) and was just 5-for-11 from the free-throw line.
The Mountaineers coughed the ball up 23 times while the Lady Eagles turned it over 16 times. ASU finished with 15 assists, 10 steals and two blocks while GSU countered with 11 assists, 10 steals and two blocks.
Courtney Freeman led all players with 19 points while Anna Freeman notched 12. Maryah Sydnor scored 10 points while Catherine Williams pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to go with six points.
Georgia Southern saw two players score in double-figures as Mimi DuBose (14) and Anna Claire Knight (10) each accomplished the feat. Aishya Wofford was GSU’s leading rebounder with six boards.
The Mountaineers return to action on Monday when they travel to College of Charleston for a 7 p.m. contest against the Cougars.
GAME NOTES: ASU forced 10 or more turnovers for the 87th-straight game... the Apps improved to 54-11 when A. Freeman scores 10 or more points... Appalachian State finished with a 28-12 edge in points in the paint, 18-15 off turnovers and 11-5 on second-chance buckets... the Mountaineers improved to 40-10 in conference games since the start of the 2009-10 season.... the Apps shot better than 48.0 percent in the first half for the fifth time this season... the Mountaineers failed to hit a three-pointer for the first time since Feb. 2, 2011... that game was also against Georgia Southern.
ASU 57, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 46
SCORE BY PERIODS 1ST 2ND TOTAL
APPALACHIAN STATE.... 30 27 57
GEORGIA SOUTHERN...... 27 19 46
ASU: A. FREEMAN 12 (6 REBOUNDS), GARY 2, SYDNOR 10 (7 REBOUNDS), C. FREEMAN 19, WELDON 2, EDWARDS 6, WILLIAMS 6 (13 REBOUNDS), SHARKEY 10 REBOUNDS. FG: 25-57, 3FG: 0-5, FT: 7-9. 50 REBOUNDS, 23 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN: WILSON 4, FRYE 8, KNIGHT 10, DuBOSE 14, DOWLING 2, WILLIAMS 2, SMITH 2, STEEDE 4. FG: 18-56, 3FG: 5-14, FT: 5-11. 25 REBOUNDS, 15 TURNOVERS, 11 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Courtney Freeman, ASU Athletics