BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women's basketball (9-7, 3-2 SBC ) used a dominating fourth quarter to run away with a 67-53 victory against Coastal Carolina (8-9, 0-5 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) scored a game-high 26 points, including 11 of her 15 points second-half points in the fourth quarter. Story shot 10-for-20 from the field with a season-high four 3-pointers and added six boards. The redshirt senior was a catalyst in holding the Sun Belt's leading scorer, DJ Williams (17.2 ppg) to just 5-of-13 shooting for 15 points.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had herself an all-around monster performance with her third double-double of the season, posting 14 points, a game-high 17 rebounds and tying season-highs in assists (4) and blocks (3). Plummer was 5-of-6 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line. The Thomasville, N.C., native is now ninth all-time in rebounds with 710, surpassing Andreia Hinton (694;1993-97) and Kelsey Sharkey (700;2009-13).

Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) had the offense going from the point with a game-best eight assists to just three turnovers in 36 minutes. Polacek rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points.

Coming into the contest, Coastal Carolina was fifth in rebounds per game (46.7), fifth in offensive rebounds per game at 18 and 13th in rebound margin at plus-10.1. However, App won the battle on the glass with a 45-35 edge on the glass and a 15-11 advantage on the offensive end. The plus-10 rebounding margin is the largest an opponent has outrebounded Coastal this season. In addition, the Apps posted a 17-6 win in second-chance points.

Also, the Mountaineers moved the ball very well on offense with 17 of their 24 field goals (70.8 percent) being assisted on. Four players for the Apps registered at least two helpers in the victory.

Trailing going into the fourth quarter, 44-43, Story canned back-to-back trifectas to give App a 49-44 lead. Appalachian wouldn't relinquish the advantage the rest of the way. But Coastal made things interesting with consecutive layups off two Appalachian turnovers to cut the deficit to just three, 56-53.

After that, it was all Mountaineers coming out of the 30-second timeout, finishing the game on an 11-0 run over the final 4:23 of the game. The App defense forced CCU to miss its final eight shots of the contest during the drought. Appalachian saved its best offense for last, shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in the period.

It was a game of runs with each team winning every other quarter. Appalachian was able to get off open looks in the opening period but shot just 6-of-19 while Coastal went 9-of-15.

The cold spell on offense in the opening frame led to Coastal opening up a 20-9 lead. With 38 seconds left in the quarter, App scored five quick points with a Story field goal and a big 3-pointer by Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) to cut the lead to six, 20-14.

It was the Apps' turn in the second quarter to go on a run of its own. Appalachian went on a 6-of-10 stretch in the second quarter with Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habesham Central) scoring six of her eight points during the surge and accounting for three field goals. Her layup with 2:42 left off a no-look pass from Plummer gave App a 32-26 lead.

The Chanticleers responded by going on a 6-0 run to tie up the game, 32-32. Story hit a jumper in the paint to give App the lead 34-32 going into the break.

It was a low-scoring third quarter with both teams combining for just 21 points. Coastal at one point took a 44-40 lead late in the third period before Nicola Mathews pin-pointed a skip pass to Polacek for another 3-pointer, which would make the score 44-43 at the end of the period.

App State dominated on both ends in the final frame to surpass last season's win total and improve to 7-1 at home this season.

The Mountaineers will look to ride their momentum next week. They host a formidable Arkansas State team at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Quotable
"I was proud of our team for executing our defensive game plan. We did a lot this week to prepare for DJ (Williams). We held the Sun Belt's leading scorer last weekend (Toshua Leavitt) and the second leading scorer in the league this weekend to a combined 9-of-30, which shows we executed on defense really well . We talked about rebounding. They're the second-best offensive rebounding team in the league, and we held them to 11 offensive rebounds and outrebounded them by 10. They were fifth in the nation on the glass, so that's a testament to our kids' effort in buying into the game plan. Our offense wasn't great, but Madi Story was great. When you make three 3's in our program, we call it a bonus, and she hit them for a bonus at the right time. It's just really neat to see a senior at this moment, never beaten Coastal in the Holmes Center, haven't beaten them in the regular season and take our team on her back and come to play. Obviously proud of the effort. As a coach, I know we have some work to do, but it's always great when you can continue to work and continue to win while you're working." - Head coach Angel Elderkin

Tip-Ins
- App State is now 6-5 all-time against Coastal Carolina.
- Appalachian is 7-2 this season when Story scores in double figures and
6-0 when she scores at least 10 points and grabs five boards.
- App State has held the top scores in the Sun Belt (Toshua Leavitt/DJ Williams) to a combined 9-for-30 from the field with 26 points.
- Story is now 21st all-time in school history in points scored, moving past Beth Schoolfield (1,041 points;1995-99).
- The 17 assists on 24 field goals are the highest percentage (70.8) of buckets assisted on this season.
- Plummer posted a stellar 36 PER and a team-high plus-20 in the win
- App State is 6-0 when it scores 15 or more second-chance points.
- Appalachian is 8-0 when it holds opponents to fewer than .855 points per possession. Coastal scored just .688 points per possession.