|ASU Falls to Bucs in Home Opener|
|Written by Kelsey Campbell|
|Wednesday, 13 November 2013 08:56|
Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to East Tennessee State 81-72 on Tuesday night, dropping its second straight game to begin the 2013-14 campaign.
Maryah Sydnor and Katie Mallow paced the team offensively, each scoring 19 points in the loss to the the Bucs.
Despite pulling ahead 5-2 at the beginning of the game, the Mountaineers would not hold on to the lead, letting the Buccaneers tie the game up 19-19 with eight minutes to play in the first.
From there ETSU would find the lead, scoring six straight points with five minutes left in the half. The Apps would find a three from Mallow and a jumper from Bria Huffman in the last minutes of the half to trail 32-31 at halftime.
The Mountaineers shot 40.7 percent (11-27) from the floor in the first half, with Mallow leading the way with 13 points, including three three-pointers.
ETSU was not far behind, shooting 37.5 percent (9-24) and Cara Bowling leading the team with 10 points in the first.
Sydnor would start the second half on a different note after sitting out most of the first due to foul trouble, by scoring a layup 15 seconds in to the half.
The Bucs would score seven straight points to take the lead, but the Mountaineers would not give up, staying within five points until 11 minutes remained in the game when ETSU began to pull away with a score of 52-41.
Sydnor would score 10 points in the last 11 minutes of the game and it would look as though the Mountaineers would make a comeback as they came within six points with eight minutes to play.
Despite Sydnor's hot hand, the Buccaneers would continue to score, increasing the lead through jumpers and free throws and taking the game with a final score of 81-72.
Sydnor would finish with 19 points and four rebounds, shooting 8-15 from the floor, while Mallow also notched 19 points, including five three-pointers.
KeKe Cooper finished the game with a career-high eight points and a career-high nine rebounds for the Mountaineers and Joi Jones got her first collegiate start at point guard, adding seven points and a game-high five steals.
The Buccaneers were paced by Bowling and Chandle Christopher, who each notched 17 points on the night. Maria Bond, Serena Clark and Tiana Burley also scored in double-figures for ETSU.
The two teams tied in total rebounds on the game, each recording 40, while the Apps turned the ball over 25 times to the Bucs' 21 turnovers.
App State finished the game hitting 45 percent (27-60) from the floor as the Buccaneers converted on 51 percent (25-49) of shots on the game.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, Nov. 15 when they take on Lees-McRae at the Holmes Center at 6 p.m.
ETSU 81, ASU 72
Score by periods 1st 2nd Total
East Tennesse State 32 49 - 81
Appalachian State 31 41 - 72
ETSU: CLARK 10 (10 REBOUNDS), BOND 10, CHRISTOPHER 17 (4 ASSISTS), RANDALL 5, BOWLING 17, HOTCHKINS 8, VAUGHAN 4, BURLEY 10. FG: 25-49, 3FG: 5-10, FT: 26-39. 40 REBOUNDS, 10 ASSISTS, 21 TURNOVERS.
ASU: SYDNOR 19, HUFFMAN 3, CARTER 4, JONES 7, MALLOW 19 (5 ASSISTS), WOOD 6, COOPER 8 (9 REBOUNDS), MARSHALL 5 (7 REBOUNDS), DONRIERE 1 (6 REBOUNDS).
Photo Courtesy: Katie Mallow, ASU Athletics
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