BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball sophomore Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) scored a career-high 26 points to help the Mountaineers defeat ULM (8-18, 2-13 SBC) on Thursday evening, 56-51, in the Holmes Center.
Gosnell scored 16 of her points in the second half, while she shot 10-of-19 overall for the game. The forward also added five rebounds in her career night. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) didn’t have her offense going, but she collected a game-high 17 boards while blocking three shots in a solid defensive effort. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) was the second-leading scorer with nine points and corralled eight boards. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) didn’t score like she did the past two games (24.0 ppg), but did dish out five assists with zero turnovers in 25 minutes.
It was a slow-paced, defensive battle in which both teams shot below 40 percent and notched under 60 points. But App made the plays it needed and also shot 12-of-14 from the free throw line.
Trailing 34-30 with 3:43 left in the third period, App went on a 9-0 thanks to a pair of trifectas over a 1:51 span. Gosnell hit two treys during the run while Tierra Wilson’s (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) trifecta gave App a commanding lead at 36-34.
ULM did cut the lead back down to two, 39-37, but the Mountaineers scored four of the next six points thanks to a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Chri layup and Brooke Bigott hitting a pair at the free throw line.
Despite App holding the lead for the rest of the contest, ULM sliced the gap to just one, 45-44. That’s when Gosnell scored the next six points to go by up seven, 51-44. After Arsula Clark hit a jumper, Wilson canned two at the line to push the lead back to seven, 53-46.
The pesky ULM squad claimed a six-point lead late in the first half, 27-21, before Gosnell nailed a timely 3-pointer before the half to dwindle the lead down to three.
ULM and App went back-and-forth in the low-scoring first half, as the Warhawks went into the second period with a 15-13 edge. App captured a 21-19 lead before the visitors’ 8-0 surge.
App improves to 10-3 at home, which is the most wins at the Holmes Center since the 2014-15 campaign. In addition, The Mountaineers stay undefeated with a 9-0 mark against ULM.
Appalachian looks for its first Sun Belt sweep on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Louisiana for Senior Day. The Mountaineers will honor Anna Perez Gomez and Madi Story.
– App State is 13-0 when it allows 70 or less points.
– The Mountaineers are 5-1 this season in games decided by five points or less.
– Plummer’s streak of 10 more rebounds has reached 15 straight games.