CONWAY, S.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (12-11, 6-6 SBC) fought back from a 17-point deficit to whittle the gap to three, but fell short at Coastal Carolina (13-10, 5-7 SBC) in a 74-66 decision on Saturday afternoon at the HTC Center.
Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field off the bench, while Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) shot 5-for-7 with three trifectas en route to 14 points. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points off the bench, which all came in the second half. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) snagged a game-high 14 rebounds for her 12th straight game with at least 10 boards.
The trio of Bigott, Wilson and Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) (6 points; 3-3 FG/FGA) combined to score 31 points and shoot 12-of-17 for the reserves. It’s the second time this season the bench has scored 30 or more points on the road (39 at UTA; 1/10/19).
Coastal grew its lead to as much as 17 in the third period, 58-41, before Appalachian finished the quarter on an 11-2 burst to slice the deficit to single digits, 60-52. The tandem of Bigott and Wilson scored all 11 points during the run. Wilson tallied the final six with an old-fashion three-point play before hitting a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer.
App clawed back as the fourth period progressed. Following a pair of free throws by DJ Williams, a field goal by Wilson and three free throws from Plummer and Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) put App to within just three points, 67-64. The comeback stopped there with the Chanticleers closing the game on a 7-2 run to split the season series.
The Mountaineers shot just 12-of-23 from the free throw line, while CCU went 14-for-19. In addition, the Chanticleers outscored the Black and Gold in the paint, 30-22.
App State claimed a first-quarter lead, 20-17, thanks to the hot start from Gosnell. The sophomore scored 10 of Appalachian’s first 12 points in the first period that featured three ties and five lead changes.
With the score tied 15-15, App State notched five of the final seven points over the last 2:59 after a 3-pointer from Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) and a bucket from Calder.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) gave the Mountaineers their largest lead of the game at four in the second period, 24-20, but a 9-0 run gave Coastal Carolina the lead for good. Appalachian closed the gap to one, 29-28 after Gosnell scored four straight points. However, a 3:16 scoring drought coupled with an 8-0 surge by CCU pushed its lead to nine, 37-28. A free throw by Story and a field goal by Polacek shortened the visitors’ lead to six, 37-31.
A slow start by App in the first few minutes of the third period led to Coastal Carolina getting its lead up to double digits for the majority of the quarter until App started to get it going.
DJ Williams led three players in double figures with 25 points for Coastal.
The Mountaineers outscored the Chanticleers by one point in the first, third and fourth quarters, but was outscored 20-11 in the second period and shot only 36.4 percent.
App will look to get back on track in Georgia next weekend. The Mountaineers start the trip on Thursday at 6 p.m. against Georgia State in Atlanta.