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Originally published: 2013-01-21 18:40:07
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ASU women beat UNC Greensboro

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State point guard Raven Gary was not the leading scorer in the Mountaineers’ 81-58 victory over UNC Greensboro Saturday. She did lead the Mountaineers in points produced.


Gary added 10 assists to her nine points score, making her responsible for 29 points in the Mountaineers’ victory. Gary also grabbed five rebounds in ASU’s win, the Mountaineers’ fourth straight.


Gary helped the Mountaineers (12-3, 6-1 SoCon) overcome a sluggish start that saw UNC Greensboro (3-13, 0-7) take an 18-9 lead. UNCG maintained a 24-21 lead until the Mountaineers went on a 10-0 run sparked by 3-point baskets from Farrahn Wood and Katie Mallow to take a 31-24 victory the Mountaineers would never lose.


Wood also hit a 3-pointer that brought ASU to within 22-17. Mountaineers coach Darcie Vincent credited Wood’s two 3-point shots as a turning point in ASU’s rally.


“They had doubled us up and Farrahn hit those shots,” Vincent said. “We need a catalyst, we need somebody to change the path that we are currently on. …Farrahn hit those two shots and Katie hit one and Anna (Freeman) found her perimeter shot. Before you know it, UNCG got out of its zone.”


ASU turned on its afterburners after taking a 37-31 halftime lead. The Mountaineers opened the second half with a 14-4 run capped by a Wood basket that gave the Mountaineers a 51-32 lead.

Mountaineers coach Darcie Vincent felt that when the Mountaineers were playing like they did in the second half, they’re tough to beat. When they stumble, as they did in the first half, they can be beat.


“When this team decides to play at the level that they are capable of playing, we’re going to be a very good team,” Vincent said. “Right now, we’re a very average team because of it. You could see those moments when we’re playing well and we’re clicking well and our mental strength is better than any physical strength we have and our belief in each other is there, it looks like the team’s you’re used to seeing from App.”


Appalachian State held UNCG to 27.6 percent shooting and outscored the Spartans 4-27 in the second half. The Mountaineers took their largest lead, 75-49, with 3:59 left in the game on a KeKe Cooper jumper.


Freeman led all scorers with 18 points. Maryah Sydnor scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Bria Huffman added 11 points for the Mountaineers.


Janae Stevenson led the Spartans with 14 points. Lucy Mason added 12.


Appalachian State plays at rival Chattanooga Thursday and Samford Saturday.

 

 

 

Appalachian State 81, UNCG 58

UNC Greensboro (3-13, 0-7)

Harmon 2-6 0-0 4, Stevenson 4-7 6-11 14, Patterson 0-11 2-3 2, Collins 3-8 0-1 7, mason 5-15 0-1 12, Missouri 1-3 3-4 5, Savage 3-7 0-0 6, Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Bartley 0-0 0-2 0, Goins 3-8 2-2 8. Totals 21-65 13-24 58.

Appalachian State (12-3, 6-1)

Sydnor 4-6 4-4 12, A. Freeman 6-12 6-7 18, Gary 4-10 0-0 9, Mallow 3-9 0-0 7, C. Freeman 2-8 2-4 6, Wood 3-7 0-0 9, Sharkey 1-1 0-0 2, Barrios 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 0-1 2-2 2, Gatewood 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper 2-2 1-2 5, Huffman 5-8 1-2 11. Totals 30-65 16-25 81.

Halftime score—ASU 37, UNCG 31. 3-point goals—UNCG 3-14 (Mason 2-5, Collins 1-3, Patterson 0-3, Goins 0-2, Missouri 0-1), ASU 5-23 (Wood 3-7, Gary 1-2, Mallow 1-6, A. Freeman 0-5, Sydnor 0-2, Taylor 0-1). Rebounds—UNCG 41 (Stevenson 9), ASU 46 (Sydnor 11). Assists—UNCG 12 (Harmon 3), ASU 19 (Gary 10). Turnovers—UNCG 22, ASU 20. Total fouls—UNCG 17, ASU 25. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None. Att.—501.