WBB: App State 83, Georgia Southern 75 (Final Stats/Recap)

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WBB: App State 83, Georgia Southern 75 (Final Stats/Recap)

 

BOONE, N.C. – App State women’s basketball pushed past Georgia Southern with an 83-75 triumph on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center. 

The Mountaineers improve to 6-14 and 3-6 in league play after their first Sun Belt sweep of the season. Georgia Southern falls to 6-14 and 3-6. 

App State had its most balanced scoring of the campaign with a season-high 83 points and shooting a season-best 47.3 percent from the field. 

Also, the Black and Gold canned 12 3-pointers and shot 54.5 percent from long-range, with both being season highs

Five players scored in double figures with Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledg) and Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) pouring in a game-high 18 points. Polacek stepped once again in the second half with 15 of her points in the third and fourth quarters. The redshirt-senior added six rebounds and three helpers. All four of Lainey Gosnell’s (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) field goals were from three, scoring 15 points and corralling six boards. 

Stanley played facilitator as she dished out a personal-high seven assists while grabbing five off the glass in an all-around performance. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) tied a season-best with 14 points (11 in the second half) and a game-high 15 rebounds for her third double-double of the campaign. Michaela Porter (Pittsburgh, Pa./Obama Academy) put forth her best performance off the bench for the Black and Gold with 11 points, tying a personal best (Cincinnati). 

The Georgia Southern offense gave App State fits in the first half, hitting eight 3-pointers (8-17) and shooting 48.6 percent from the floor.

The Eagles took a lead by as much as 11, 37-26, after making seven of their first 11 attempts in the second quarter. App State responded when it drained four straight shots, highlighted with three trifectas. 

A Stanley trey brought the deficit to two, 40-38, before Nisbet hit a layup with 13 seconds left in the half to send GS into the break with a 42-48 edge. 

Appalachian came out of the locker room clicking on all cylinders going 6-for-6 in the first 3:42 of the second half. Stanley and Plummer broke a 50-50 tie with a 7-0 spurt to give the Mountaineers a 57-50 cushion. 

A layup by Polacek gave App State a 61-53 advantage followed by a bucket from  Victoria Stavropoulos just before the third ended, giving the hosts a 61-55 lead. 

The Mountaineers stayed in front despite GS slicing the lead to one possession on multiple occasions in the final frame. App State pieced together a 10-2 run while ahead 64-62 to take its largest lead of the game, 74-64. GS got to within six, 76-70, but three straight free throws by Polacek and Gosnell iced the game.

App State held GS to 2-of-12 from deep and 40 percent shooting from the floor in the second half, and outscored its rival 45-33 in the stanza. 

The Mountaineers are 11-3 over their last three meetings against Georgia Southern. 

Appalachian looks to take the momentum next weekend in Texas, when it starts on Thursday against UTA at 8 p.m. (ET).