BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (0-1) will look to knock off ACC foe Georgia Tech (0-1) on Sunday afternoon in McCamish Pavilion at 2 p.m.
About the Mountaineers
Last Time Out
In the season opener, Appalachian fell to the C-USA Preseason favorites in UAB on Friday evening. The Mountaineers came back from a 16-6 deficit to tie it up early in the second quarter thanks to a 14-4 surge. However, the Blazers ended the first half with a 15-4 run. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF), in her first-career start for the Mountaineers, registered 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and six boards. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) scored 15 points off the bench to tie for the team lead, while Lainey Gosnell rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points and seven off the glass. For the 25th time in 32 career starts for Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson), she corralled 10 rebounds.
Tough Tests Early
For the second time in as many games, Appalachian is facing a team on the road that posted at least 20 wins and a postseason appearance in 2017-18. UAB and GT combined for a 47-21 mark and both earned WNIT berths. The Yellow Jackets, who beat the Blazers, advanced all the way to the third round.
What to Watch for
• App State shot just 2-of-22 from outside the arc against UAB. Last season, the Apps only made two or fewer 3-pointers in consecutive games once, averaging five trifectas following a game with two-made 3-pointers or less. See if App can get it going from deep.
Scouting Georgia Tech
• The Yellow Jackets opened their season on Friday as well with a 95-89 double-overtime setback at Houston.
It’s the third straight season the Mountaineers and Yellow Jackets play each other. GT is 8-1 after defeating App in the Black and Gold’s season opener in the Holmes Center. It was the first time App hosted a Power Five school since the 2006-07 campaign.
Appalachian hosts UNCG on Thursday in its season opener at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center.