BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (7-22, 5-13 SBC) freshman guard LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) tied a career-high with 24 points, but it wasn’t enough in a 66-51 decision to Coastal Carolina (16-13, 10-8 SBC) on Senior Day at the Holmes Center.
Stanley shot 10-for-22 from the field and tied a game-high with seven rebounds. It’s the third time in the past six games the Rockledge, Fla., native has scored at least 20 points in a game and a team-leading 16th game in double figures. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) finished the game with six rebounds and five points, setting the sophomore record for rebounds in a single season with 330 and counting, surpassing Brittney Whiteside’s 328 rebounds from the 1985-86 campaign. It’s also the second most rebounds in a campaign by a player.
The Apps held the conference’s second-best offensive rebounding team with just seven rebounds while amassing 23 offensive rebounds, outscored CCU in the paint, 30-26, and forced the visitors into 21 turnovers for 21 points. The reserves also outscored the Chanticleers’ bench, 15-9. However, CCU shot 51.1 percent to Appalachian’s 31.8 percent showing on Saturday and doubled up on App in 3-pointers, 8-4.
Appalachian got off to the start it wanted in the opening frame with an 8-2 advantage in the first 3:38 of the contest thanks in large part to a 6-0 spurt with the game tied, 2-2. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) connected on a jumper before Stanley drove for back-to-back layups to cap off the surge. Coastal would respond with a 7-0 run of its own to take a 9-8 edge before Stanley hit two at the free throw line followed by a Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) 3-pointer that gave the Black and Gold an eventual 13-11 lead after the frame.
Going into the second quarter, the Mountaineers wanted to build off their solid quarter. The offense went cold shooting 2-for-13 from the field that helped CCU outscore App by eight in the frame and hold a 23-17 lead into halftime. Appalachian was trailing 23-13 before Stanley hit a pair of baskets to slice the gap to just six.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) started App off with a 3-pointer to bring the score to 23-20. Wilson aimed to get the Mountaineers on track before CCU went on a 16-0 run to go in front by double digits. The Chanticleers eventually went into the fourth frame with a 50-31 lead.
Appalachian displayed a spirited effort in the final frame, outscoring CCU, 20-16. App shot 53.3 percent from the field and went 2-for-3 from 3-point range (2-17 first three quarters). While trailing 57-36 with 6:29 left in the game, the Mountaineers had one run left in them as they went on a 13-3 burst to bring the deficit to just 11, 60-49, with 2:28 left in the game. A layup from Plummer and three points from Gosnell led the charge. That was the closest the Apps came to within striking distance as CCU six of the final eight points to pull away for the win.
Jas Adams led three players in double figures with 20 points. Naheria Hamilton scored 17 points and DJ Williams turned in 16.
Before the game, senior student assistant P.J. Bellantoni and guard Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the women’s basketball program.
The Black and Gold will now head into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the ninth seed and will await its opponent. Tip-off for the first round is 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday in Lakefront Arena and the winner will face No. 1 seed Little Rock in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET). All games are streamed on ESPN3.