The Appalachian State University women's basketball team dropped a 55-47 decision at Samford on Monday night.
The Mountaineers (9-14 overall; 6-7 Southern Conference) kept things close, but Samford (8-16; 6-7) evenutally pulled away at the end. The loss drops App State and Samford into a two-way tie for fifth place.
The Bulldogs led Monday's low-scoring affair 26-21 at halftime. The Apps took a brief lead at 30-29 with 13 minutes left to play, thanks to a three ball by Farrahn Wood. But the Bulldogs responded with a three of their own that just beat the shot clock for a 32-30 lead. Both teams struggled to score from there.
As a matter of fact, neither team scored during a three-and-a-half minute stretch of the second half.
KeKe Cooper finally broke the scoring drought when she was fouled in the act of shooting with 9:24 left in the game. She made two free throws that tied the game at 34-34. A free throw from Bria Huffman handed App State its final lead at 35-34 with 8:39 to go.
But the Apps eventually fell behind and trailed 46-43 with a little more than four minutes left to play. The Mountaineers never got any closer than two points the rest of the way.
A stick-back and a free throw that completed a conventional three-point play handed the Bulldogs a 49-45 lead with 31.3 seconds left in the game.
The Apps only scored two points the rest of the way on a jumper by Joi Jones with 10.3 second left.
Cooper led the Mountaineers, recording a double-double, with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sydnor followed with 11 points, while pulling down 14 boards. Huffman had six steals in the loss.
Appalachian shot 38.6 percent from the floor, while recording 36 rebounds and 27 turnovers.
Christy Robinson led the Bulldogs with 14 points; Krista Stricklin had 13 points. The Bulldogs shot 36.4 percent from the floor with 26 rebounds. The Bulldogs made 18 turnovers.
The Mountaineers return home to play UNCG Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
SAMFORD 55, APPALACHIAN STATE 47
SCORE BY PERIODS 1ST 2ND TOTAL
APPALACHIAN STATE 21 26 - 47
SAMFORD UNIVERSTIY 26 29 - 55
ASU: SYDNOR 11 (14 REBOUNDS), HUFFMAN 5, COOPER 12 (13 REBOUNDS), MALLOW 4, WOOD 3, JONES 6, MARSHALL 4, DONIERE 2. FG: 17-44, 3FG: 1-8, FT: 12-16. 36 REBOUNDS, 8 ASSISTS, 27 TURNOVERS.
SAMFORD: RIGGINS 5, ROBINSON 14, YOUNG 9, STEVENS 3, NICHOLS 9, STRICKLIN 13, FLETCHER 2. FG: 16-44, 3FG: 4-16. FT: 19-25. 26 REBOUNDS, 11 ASSISTS, 18 TURNOVERS.
Photo Courtesy: Bria Huffman, ASU Athletics