BOONE, N.C. – After three tight wins in a row, Appalachian State University women’s basketball (4-2) was able to cruise on Sunday afternoon in a 74-52 win over Marshall (1-3) at the Holmes Center.
With the victory, the Mountaineers are on their longest win streak since the 2012-13 season and their first three-game win streak at home since the 2015-16 campaign.
For the second time in as many games against the Thundering Herd, Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) turned in a monster performance with a season-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and a career-best 21 rebounds. The 21 boards are tied for the fourth-highest performance on the glass in a single game in school history.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) poured in 15 points with six rebounds and three assists, while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) scored a season-high 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting and three trifectas. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) led the team with six assists on top of four points and four rebounds.
In a dominating performance that led to the Apps’ biggest win of the season, the defense put on its best performance of the campaign, limiting Marshall to just 30.6 percent shooting from the floor and a 27.6 percent clip from beyond the arc.
App’s defense shut down the Herd’s leading scorers in Shayna Gore (18.0 ppg) and Kristen Mayo (10.0 ppg), who shot a combined 6-for-20 from the floor and scored just 19 points. Gore was held in check as she only tallied eight points for the visitors.
After Marshall hit an early 3-pointer in the first 38 seconds of the game to take a 3-0 lead, it was all Black and Gold from that point on. Ten straight missed shots and a 6:47 scoring drought by the Herd aided in an 11-0 run capped off by a Plummer layup. Marshall closed the gap to just three, 11-8, but six points off two 3-pointers, including a trey with 1:34 left in the period by Mathews extended the lead to 17-11 going into the second quarter.
Appalachian stayed on top of Marshall throughout the rest of the half. The Mountaineers forced the Herd to shoot just 21.4 percent from the floor in the period to jump out to a 36-21 first-half lead. Marshall closed the gap to single digits, 29-20, before Maya Calder scored five of App State’s final seven points to close the half.
With 2:41 left in the third quarter, Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) canned a 3-pointer that pushed the Mountaineer lead to its largest at 21, 54-33. App wasn’t threatened the rest of the way en route to its 10th win in the past 12 contests against Marshall.
The Mountaineers dominating the glass with a 55-38 edge, giving the hosts a season-high plus-17 rebounding margin. App’s 22 offensive rebounds led to 15-second chance points. Turning over Marshall 17 times in the contest led to a season-high 19 points off of turnovers.
Also, the bench produced once again with a 29-17 advantage, shooting 50 percent (11-of-22) from the floor. Three different players in Mathews, Calder (8 points) and Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) (6 points) led the charge for the reserves.
App State will look to keep the win streak alive in a showdown against its continuing rival, ETSU, on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Johnson City, Tenn.
“I was proud of how our defense improved after Tuesday (Elon) in holding Marshall to under 60 points, which was our goal. We stayed focus throughout the game and did the little things that don’t show up on the box score. We’re proud of how this team continues to get better each-and-every game.” – Angel Elderkin
– In two career games against Marshall, Plummer is averaging 16 points on 59 percent shooting, 19.5 rebounds and three blocks
– Plummer is one of three players in App State history to post multiple 20-rebound performances
– Plummer now has 10 games of at least 15 boards
– Her stellar outing on Thursday is the third game of Plummer’s career with at least 15 rebounds and 15 assists. App State is 3-0 in all three of those games
– Mathews was also successful against the Herd, averaging 14 points, shooting 60 percent (9-15) from the floor and 7-11 from downtown in two contests
– Polacek has dished out at least five assists in three straight games (7.3 apg during stretch)
– Story led the team with a plus-24, while Plummer was a plus-22 and Polacek a plus-18