BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (15-12, 9-7) sent its seniors out on a high note with an 83-69 victory over Louisiana (7-20, 5-11 SBC) in the home finale on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers posted an 11-3 mark at Holmes, which is the best home record since App went 11-1 in 2011-12. In addition, the 15 wins are the most victories in the Angel Elderkin era.
Before the game, Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Anna Perez Gomez (Canet de Mar Spain/Eastern Wyoming) were honored before the game for their dedication and commitment to the program.
Five players scored in double figures in the wire-to-wire win. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) played her best game at home, scoring a team-high 15 points and dished out a game-best eight assists.
Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) registered her second double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-best 10 rebounds, capping off a two-game stretch where she averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and shot 56 percent from the field. Story was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added six off the glass. Her streak of 15 straight games of 10 or more boards was snapped, which was the second-longest active streak in the country going into Saturday.
Defensively, the Apps held Ty’Reona Doucet in check to just eight points on 3-of-7 shooting and one rebound. In the first matchup, Doucet scored 28 points and 16 rebounds.
App State started the game 6-of-7 from the field en route to a 15-5 start in the first 4:52 of the period. Polacek and Plummer scored the final two buckets to give App a 19-11 lead. The Black and Gold went 8-of-13 from the field while limiting to Louisiana to 38.5 percent from the floor.
Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) gave the Black and Gold a spark with six of her 11 points in the first period.
The defense kept the foot on the pedal in the second quarter. Louisiana shot only 4-of-13 from the field. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Story and Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) and a pair of free throws from Gosnell pushed an eight-point lead to 16, 29-13.
Dominique Jeffery (Tallahassee, Fla./FAMU DRS) later hit two free throws that gave the Black and Gold a 37-19 advantage with 1:37 left in the half. After Louisiana hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 15, Story ended the stanza with a jumper to give the Apps a 39-22 lead at the break.
The Apps were never threatened in the second half, as they took their largest lead in the fourth quarter, 75-51, when Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) hit a free throw.
App State shot an impressive 48.2 percent from the floor, which is the highest number at home during conference play. The Mountaineers also dominated the glass with a 45-28 advantage. The plus-17 rebounding edge is also a conference best.
App State will finish the season in Alabama on the road. The Mountaineers face Troy on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Troy, Ala.
– App State is 14-0 this season when holding opponents to 70 or fewer points.
– The 83 points by the Mountaineers are their highest total against Louisiana.
– Gosnell and Polacek were a team-high plus-26 in the win. Gosnell led the team with a PER of 19.
– App State has outrebounded its opponents in all 15 wins.