BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (18-14) travels to Asheville, N.C. for the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational to face UNCA (17-14) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Kimmel Arena.
About the Mountaineers
Last Time Out
The Mountaineers fell to No. 1 seed and Sun Belt Tournament champion, Little Rock, in the semifinals on Friday, 80-64. Appalachian gave LR everything it had as it shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led four players in double figures with 17 points. LR’s 26 second chance points and 15 offensive rebounds proved to be the difference in the matchup.
Appalachian in the Postseason
App State accepted the WBI bid on Monday, making it the 10th postseason appearance for the Mountaineers. Appalachian won the first WBI Tournament in 2010, winning all four matches with three of the contests coming in the Holmes Center. The Apps defeated Memphis, 79-71, after coming back from as much as 19 points in the contest. The Mountaineers are 4-0 all-time in the WBI.
What to Watch for
– For her career during the month of March, Stanley is averaging 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and shooting 46 percent from the field and 80.6 percent from the charity stripe in nine games. She has scored in double figures in five straight games including the last three with 15 or more points. Watch if the Stanley can continue her torrid stretch.
– App State allowed 26 second-chance points in the setback to Little Rock on Friday off 15 offensive rebounds. See if the Mountaineers can limit UNC Asheville’s second chance opportunities. The Bulldogs were first in offensive rebound percentage (39.1 percent) and third in offensive rebounds per game (14.3) in the Big South.
– See if App State can get to the line on Wednesday. In losses, UNCA is allowing opponents to shoot 17.4 free throw attempts per game, while just limiting foes to 12.8 free throw attempts in its wins.
– Despite allowing 80 points to Little Rock on Friday, the Mountaineers held opponents to just 55.7 points on 37.2 percent shooting from the field 23.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. See if the defense can continue to shut its opponents down on defense.
– App State shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field and 40 percent against Little Rock, the league’s top defensive team in the Sun Belt. Watch if the Mountaineers can continue to hit shots.
Scouting UNC Asheville
– UNCA is 17-14 and in the postseason for a fourth consecutive year.
– The Bulldogs are 12-5 over their last 17 games after starting the season 5-9.
– UNCA is a dangerous team at home with a 12-2 mark.
– Three players lead the team in scoring with Sonora Dengokl averaging 14.1 points, despite playing in 22 games this season.
– Jessica Wall averages 11.2 ppg and Nadiria Evans rounds out the leading scorers at 10.1 ppg.
– Brooke Jordan-Brown is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game and Wall is dishing out 2.6 assists per contest.
– Wall is first in the Big South and in the top 50 in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (2.73), 3-point field goals made (82) and 3-point field goals attempted (228).
– UNCA is a solid rebounding team as well, where it finished first in offensive rebounding percentage (.393) and third in offensive rebounds per game (14.3).
Appalachian owns a 14-4 mark all-time against UNC Asheville. The Mountaineers are 5-2 against the Bulldogs in Asheville. Last season, UNC Asheville upended the Mountaineers in overtime, 69-60. App
came back from a 13-point deficit in the second half to force the extra period. Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) scored a career-high 16 points with nine rebounds.