SAN MARCOS, Texas – App State women’s basketball completed the season sweep of Texas State with a 59-47 win on Saturday afternoon in the Strahan Center.
The Mountaineers improve to 7-15 (4-7 SBC) after their fourth straight win over the Bobcats, while TXST falls to 8-14 and 1-10 in league action.
App State put on a dominating display of defense, holding TXST to a season low in points and its second-worst performance shooting just 30.6 percent from the field. The Mountaineers forced the Bobcats to shoot a season-worst 11.8 percent from beyond the arc, going 2-of-17. The two 3-pointers made by the Bobcats are tied for the fewest this season in a game.
After averaging 21 points on 49 percent shooting over the last three games, Da’Nasia Hood was held to only two points and missed eight of her nine shot attempts. Also, the trio of Hood (13.5 ppg), Brooke Holle (10.8) and Kennedy Taylor (10.2 ppg) came in averaging 34.5 points as a trio, but shot a combined 4-for-31 for 10 points.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) dominated the paint, turning in her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) poured in 13 points with three of her field goals coming from long-range. The junior added five boards and three assists, while Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) scored 10 points with a team-high five assists.
All five Mountaineers scored at least eight points with Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) scoring nine and tallied three steals. Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) chipped in with eight and four off the glass.
Coming out of the half trailing 25-21, the Black and Gold put the clamps on Texas State, holding the hosts to seven points in the third quarter. Stanley set the tone for a 6-0 spurt thanks to the help of back-to-back steals to start the quarter and a layup by Plummer, giving the Apps a lead it would never give up.
The Mountaineers later held Texas State scoreless for the final 4:57 of the third period, which aided a 7-0 run that gave App State a 41-32 edge going into the final quarter.
Appalachian wouldn’t let the lead dip below seven in the final quarter. With Texas State facing a 47-40 deficit, back-to-back trifectas by Gosnell and the dagger from Bigott pushed the lead to 13, 53-40, eventually pulling away for a second consecutive win on TXST’s home floor.
App State jumped out to a solid 7-2 start in the first 2:20 of the game after Gosnell hit a 3-pointer and Plummer making layups on two straight possessions. For the final 7:30 of the first frame, it was a close affair despite Appalachian taking a 17-15 lead into the second period.
The Apps struggled shooting in the second quarter, making two field goals that led to Texas State holding a 25-23 edge going into halftime.
Appalachian took advantage of 17 TXST turnovers, scoring 17 points off the miscues. The Mountaineers did a stellar job of protecting the ball with 12 mistakes.
App State will look for its fourth win in the past five games on Thursday when it hosts South Alabama at noon for the annual Education Day game.