BOONE, N.C. – The offense was in full force on Monday evening, as Appalachian State University women’s basketball (6-4) dealt Wofford (6-6) a convincing 94-70 defeat at the Holmes Center.
Appalachian improves to 5-0 at home, finishing undefeated at home in non-conference action for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. App State has defeated its last three opponents by an average of 20 points at home.
Also, the 6-4 mark with one non-conference game left gives the Black and Gold its best non-conference record in the Angel Elderkin era, while it’s the best 10-game start since the same 2012-13 season.
App State’s 94 points are the most since the Mountaineers scored 96 at Troy in 2015-16. It’s the highest scoring output at home since 2010-11 campaign when the Apps hung 99 points on UNC Asheville.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) led three players in double figures with a season-best 28 points on an efficient 10-for-16 shooting from the field in just 28 minutes. With 16 seconds left in the third quarter, the Maiden, N.C. native canned a 3-pointer to put herself into the illustrious 1,000-point club. Story is only the 25th Mountaineer in school history to reach the milestone.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) also had an excellent performance, scoring a season-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting with seven boards. Rounding out the leading scorers was Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central), who posted her first career double-double with 12 points and a personal-high 11 rebounds. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) crashed the glass for a game-high 13 boards and chipped in with eight points.
App State dominated on both ends of the floor, especially on the glass with a season-high plus-26 rebounding margin, 57-31. The Mountaineers held a 17-6 edge in offensive rebounding and 15-5 in second-chance points.
Wofford got off to a strong start shooting 3-of-5 from the field to take a 7-4 lead in the first 2:35 of the game. However, Appalachian dug in and forced the Terriers into a 6:21 scoring drought on top of 11 straight missed shots. The tenacious defense aided an 18-0 run over 5:36 that gave the Mountaineers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the contest. Five different players scored during the surge.
Three straight points by Stanley gave App a 27-11 lead into the second period. After starting 1-of-5 from the field in the second quarter, App hit its next six field goals to extend the lead to 17.
Appalachian’s lead never dipped below 15 points in the first half following one of Nicola Mathews’ (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) team-high three trifectas that gave App a 39-24 advantage. Gosnell’s layup with four seconds left in the half gave App a 47-32 favor going into the break.
Wofford did cut the lead to just 13 after a jumper by Da’Ja Green, but five straight points by Story and a layup from Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) capped off a 7-0 spurt to push the lead up to 20.
App cruised the rest of the way en route to its 15th straight win over Wofford dating back to the 2007-08 season. Chloe Wanink led the team with 13 points but didn’t score in the second half, missing all six of her attempts.
The Mountaineers will close out non-conference action on Friday, Dec. 21 against ACC foe, Clemson at 6:30 p.m. on the road.
Quotable (Coach Elderkin)
“I was really excited about the way our team executed today. To see us score the ball the way that we did was outstanding. We were on them about rebounding, and to see 51-37 on the boards, and to see Lainey Gosnell get a double-double, it was great. Pre Stanley, back in the lineup, looking like she hasn’t missed a beat. She put in a lot of work over this exam time getting back into rhythm and getting her shot back. You can’t say enough about Madi Story. I thought Madi led the charge right from the jump, put the team on her back, started the game very confidently and it was contagious throughout our team.”
Coach Elderkin on Starting 5-0 at home
“It was something we talked about as a group. What I liked about the team is they rose to the challenge. We know going on the road in the Sun Belt is tough. So our objective with our non-conference home schedule is we take one game at a time and we go into our Sun Belt play undefeated at home. I’m proud of our team for accomplishing one of the many goals we have this season.
– App State improves to 29-8 all-time against Wofford.
– After her 13 rebounds, Bayley Plummer is now 13th all-time in career rebounds with 634, passing Regina Ikard (624) and Canesha Edwards (632).
– Appalachian’s 1.13 points per possessions is a season best.
– Story now has 1,001 points for her career.
– Mathews has made a 3-pointer in eight straight games and is shooting 54.2 percent (13-24) from beyond the arc.
– Four players were at least a plus-20 or higher, with Stanley post a team-high plus-25.
– Story led the team in PER at 26.
– App State has won the rebounding battle in nine of 10 games.
– The Mountaineers are 5-2 when attempting at least 20 foul shots.
– Appalachian shot 56.9 percent from inside the arc.