BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (6-5) begins Sun Belt action on Thursday when it welcomes a hot South Alabama (11-0) squad at 6:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
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Last Time Out
The Apps finished non-conference play with a setback at Clemson on Dec. 21. Pre Stanley led the team in scoring with 10 points on top of six rebounds. Brooke Bigott played a personal-high 31 minutes and amassed a career-high nine boards. Twenty-five turnovers doomed the Mountaineers in the loss.
App finished 6-5 in non-conference action, giving the Mountaineers their best mark in non-conference during the Angel Elderkin era. Appalachian finished 5-0 at home, while a four-game win streak highlighted the first part of the season. The Apps’ non-conference foes are a combined 75-68 at this point in the campaign.
Previewing the Weekend
Appalachian begins Sun Belt with a pair of tough tests against the Jaguars and Troy on Saturday. Both USA and Troy are a combined 20-2 heading into the weekend. Both squads are getting attention in the College Insider’s Mid-Major top-25 ranking.
What to Watch for
– Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) is averaging a double-double of 10.5 points and 13.6 rebounds while shooting 57.5 percent at home this season. Watch if Plummer can continue to play well at the Holmes Center.
– In two games against South Alabama last season, Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) is averaging 16 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 assists. See if the sophomore can play well once again versus the Jaguars.
– Thursday’s contest pits two of the top four rebounding teams in the Sun Belt. Appalachian has a plus-12.6 rebounding margin at home this season. See if the Mountaineers can control the glass against South Alabama.
– The Jaguars are averaging 7.8 3-pointers per game, which tops the conference. App is allowing foes to shoot just 26.8 percent from beyond the arc at home. See if the Black and Gold can stop South Alabama’s 3-point attack.
– Appalachian posted 25 turnovers in the setback to Clemson on Dec. 21. The Mountaineers were averaging just 14.6 turnovers over the previous five games. See if the Apps can get back to protecting the ball.
Scouting South Alabama
– The Jaguars come into the Holmes Center with an 11-0 mark, being one of only eight undefeated teams in the nation.
– USA is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, while its 23rd in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll
– South Alabama is off to a hot 11-0 start in head coach Terry Fowler’s sixth season at the helm.
– The Jaguars finished their non-conference schedule in the FIU Holiday Tournament, defeating New Mexico State (68-67) and FIU (84-77).
– Four players are averaging at least 11 points per game, while Shaforia Kines and Antoinette Lewis are averaging 14.4 and 14.3 points per game, respectively.
– Lewis’ team-high 64.9 percent shooting from the floor is ninth in the nation.
– She is also lead in the team in rebounding at 9.0 per contest.
– The Jaguars are third in the conference averaging 74.5 points per game, while it’s .992 points per possession is second in the league.
– Also, the Jags’ are third in scoring defense allowing 60.9 points per game. Their +16.3 scoring margin is third in the league.
App State is 4-5 all-time against South Alabama, but is 2-1 at the Holmes Center. The Mountaineers and Jaguars were involved in two, tight-knit affairs last season, as both matchups ended in games decided by two points or less. App fell to USA on the road by two, 54-52, before returning to Holmes and defeating USA, 57-56, in overtime.
The Mountaineers finish the first weekend of Sun Belt play against Troy on Saturday at 2 p.m.