BOONE, N.C. – A comeback effort by Appalachian State women’s basketball fell short in a 67-61 defeat to ETSU on Monday evening inside the Holmes Center.
App State falls to 0-5, while ETSU improves to 2-5 on the season.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) fired in at least 20 points for the second straight game on 9-of-15 shooting from the field en route to a game-high 22 points. She scored all of her points in the second half. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) scored 10 points with a game-high four assists, while Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) posted back-to-back double-digit rebounding efforts for the first time in her career. She tied a personal-high with 12 off the glass, seven of which were offensive. The senior chipped in with eight points.
The Mountaineers, trailing by as many as 18 in the third quarter, put together a 22-8 run over a 6:41 span to dwindle the deficit to just four, 61-57.
Stanley bounced back from early foul trouble to take charge in the surge, highlighted by pouring in 17 of the Apps’ 21 fourth-quarter points. The Rockledge, Fla., native scored 13 straight points for the Black and Gold in the final frame during the run to put the Mountaineers within striking distance.
ETSU’s Shynia Jackson hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to seven, 64-57, before another bucket by Stanley and a field goal by Hampton brought the home team within four. A late field goal with eight seconds by E’Lease Stafford sealed the win for the Bucs.
The visitors got out to an 11-5 start with 3:12 left in the first period before a 7-0 run by a pair of Hampton field goals and a Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) trifecta gave the Apps a 12-11 lead. ETSU responded by scoring the final four points to go into the second quarter with a 15-12 lead.
ETSU gained separation in the middle two quarters, shooting a combined 50 percent from the field (35.7 percent in first and fourth periods) and hitting five of its six 3-pointers, outscoring the hosts 41-28.
App State’s bench production did improve, outscoring ETSU’s reserves 18-4 after scoring just two points against Gardner-Webb. The Apps also held a 39-32 rebounding advantage, a 17-7 edge in second-chance points and committed a season-low 10 turnovers.
Four players scored in double figures for ETSU, led by Micah Scheetz’s 20 points. Jackson was right behind her teammate with 19.
App will host Mercer on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the final non-conference home game of the season.