ELON, N.C. – Appalachian State women’s basketball suffered a heartbreaking 67-66 loss in overtime to Elon on Wednesday evening at the Schar Center.
The Mountaineers fall to 0-2 while the Phoenix improves to 2-0 on the season.
Four players scored in double figures with Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) netting a game-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) dropped a season-best 12 points while Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) came off the bench to put forth her highest scoring output since 2017-18 with 11, and Lainey Gosnell (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) rounded out the leading scorers with 10.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) became just the third player in program history with Valorie Whiteside and Anna Freeman to grab 1,000-career rebounds. Plummer collected her seventh-career game with 20 off the glass, grabbing a personal-high 23 boards.
The Thomasville, N.C. native moves into second place all-time in career rebounds with 1,020, surpassing Freeman’s mark of 1,008. She is the only player in the nation with at least 1,000 rebounds.
Offensive woes in the fourth quarter (1-of-11 from the field) led to an overtime battle between the Mountaineers and the Phoenix. Appalachian regained momentum with five straight points from Stanley and Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) hitting back-to-back layups. Gosnell capped off the run hitting 1-for-2 at the line, and gave the Apps a 61-56 edge.
App State had the lead for the entire overtime period until Jaylin Powell converted a 3-point play with 26 seconds left to put Elon up 67-66. The Black and Gold had a chance to win it, but the jumper by Stanley didn’t fall.
Appalachian got off to a blistering start, going 11-of-14 from the field en route to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter.
App continued the hot shooting, as Plummer hit a pair of layups followed by a bucket from Stanley and a trifecta from Mathews to push the lead to its largest at 35-14.
It was a solid first-half performance for App, taking a 39-22 lead into the break. Defensively, Elon only shot 28.1 percent from the floor.
Midway through the third, Elon sliced the lead to 10, 45-35, before Stanley scored the next seven points for App extended the cushion to 15, 52-37. Hampton’s layup after an Ariana Nance field goal ended a 9-2 run over a 1:26 span.
Elon scored the next four points to end the third, giving App a 54-41 advantage.
Gosnell’s layup ended a string of nine consecutive missed shots to give the Black and Gold a 56-52 lead in the fourth after an Elon 15-2 run. The Phoenix hit four of their final six shots to tie up the game and force overtime.
App State held a 44-32 edge on the glass. However, Elon turned 20 App miscues into 22 points, while the Mountaineers shot 7-of-16 from the charity stripe.
Appalachian will end its three-game road trip at No. 6 South Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m.