TROY, Ala. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (15-13, 9-8 SBC) fell to Troy (21-7, 12-5 SBC) on Thursday evening, 95-66, inside the Holmes Center.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led the Mountaineers in scoring with team-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. It’s the highest outing for Stanley since her season-high 23 points against the Trojans at the Holmes Center. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) scored 11 points for her sixth straight game in double figures, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N,C./RJ Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted her 10th game of the season with at least 15 boards, snagging a game-high 15 rebounds and scoring five points in the process. Plummer is now fifth all-time in career rebounds with 864 boards, surpassing Maryah Sydnor (2011-14). Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) led the Black and Gold with seven assists.
Troy took an early lead but a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) layup early in the first period cut the gap to just one, 7-6, with 6:57 left in the frame. App was unable to capitalize on looks inside the paint and the free throw line, which led to the Trojans outscoring the Apps, 17-8, the rest of the way and taking a 24-14 lead at the end of the period.
The Trojans went up by as much as 17, 38-21, in the second stanza, but the Mountaineers dug in and went on a 13-4 run over the final 5:05 of the half to slice the lead to single digits, 42-34. The Mountaineers started 3-of-3 during the surge. After Troy went up 42-29, App ended the half on a 5-0 burst highlighted by a buzzer-beating field goal from Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) off a missed free throw.
The first possession’s execution in the third quarter on offense was done to perfection with Plummer scoring down low, which cut the Troy advantage to six, 42-36. Stanley kept the Mountaineers within striking distance on two occasions at six points. A layup later in the frame by the sophomore put the score to six, 52-46. The momentum stopped there with Troy going on a 14-0 run late in the quarter to pull away the rest of the game.
App State shot just 36.6 percent from the field and hit only four 3-pointers. The Mountaineers and Trojans both had 16 offensive rebounds, but Troy held an 18-7 edge in second-chance points.
Appalachian will end the regular season on Saturday against South Alabama at 5:05 ET.