WBB: Women’s Basketball Aims to Bounce Back at Georgia Tech

WREST: App State Goes 2-1 At Northeast Duals
November 11, 2018
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November 12, 2018
WBB: Women’s Basketball Aims to Bounce Back at Georgia Tech


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. 

  • In last season’s matchup against GT, the Apps posted 26 turnovers in the season opener.  App turned the ball over just 11 times against UAB on Friday. In 2017-18, Appalachian had just 11 or fewer miscues once, which came in conference play. See if the Black and Gold can continue to protect the ball. 
  • GT committed 40 turnovers in its opener against Houston on Friday. Watch if the Mountaineers can force the hosts into mistakes for easy transition points. 
  • App State corralled 16 offensive rebounds against UAB on Friday. Watch if the Mountaineers can come up with second-chance opportunities. 
  • Despite missing last season, Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) still averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and shot 79 percent from the line in her previous four games against Power Five schools, including 21 points on 13 shots against Tennessee in 2016-17. See if Story can get it going against GT.

Scouting Georgia Tech

• The Yellow Jackets opened their season on Friday as well with a 95-89 double-overtime setback at Houston.

  • Five players scored in double figures with Kierra Fletcher (25 points) and Francesca Pan (22 points) pacing the offense.
  • Lorela Cubaj and Elizabeth Dixon led the way on the glass with nine rebounds each. 
  • The Yellow Jackets are led by 16th-year head coach Machelle Joseph. 
  • GT returns seven letterwinners and four of its five starters from 2017-18.
  • GT’s recruiting class was ranked the seventh-best class according to Prospect Nation.
  • The Yellow Jackets are the second straight team that App will play that went to the postseason and won 20 games, as they finished with a 20-14 mark and advanced to third round of the WNIT. 
  • GT is also one of two ACC foes App will play on the road with a Dec. 21 matchup against Clemson looming. 

    Series History

    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. 

    What’s Next

    Appalachian hosts UNCG on Thursday in its season opener at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center.