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Originally published: 2013-02-16 18:48:28
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ASU women belt Woford 77-50

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Earlier in Appalachian State’s season, the Mountaineers needed two overtimes to beat Wofford.

Appalachian State made sure early in its 77-50 victory at the Holmes Center Saturday that overtime was not necessary. The Mountaineers (16-6, 10-4) opened the game with a 10-1 lead five minutes into the first half, and never looked back. After taking a 15-5 lead with 10:53 left in the first, Wofford (7-15, 2-12) never got closer than 10 points the rest of the game.

Appalachian State held the Terriers to just 21.7 percent shooting (5-of-23), and forced 15 Wofford turnovers. The Terriers did not score 10 points in the game until a Chanel Stokes foul shot left Wofford behind 21-10.

It was much different than a 68-65 double overtime victory on Jan. 14 in Spartanburg, S.C. Appalachian State point guard Raven Gary said head coach Darcie Vincent told the team that a fast start would eliminate any need for overtime periods.

“We’ve been talking about that double overtime game for a long time,” point guard Raven Gary said. “I fouled out early in that game, but coach just told us to go out and make a statement, open up strong and play hard and make sure that it doesn’t go to any overtimes.”

Appalachian State made 12-of-27 from the field (44.4 percent) and got 18 points in the paint. The Mountaineers had four players score in double figures led by Anna Freeman, who scored 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for ASU.

Maryah Sydnor added 14 points, while Courtney Freeman scored 11. Gary scored 10 and dished out five assists.

“It’s the pressure we apply to people,” Vincent said. “We do have a deep bench. I can go as far as I need to go. These kids need to keep getting better in the scheme of things. We are in a two-to-three minute rotation with eight or nine kids that we should be able to pound people for literally 90 minutes. That’s what you saw today.”

The victory gave Vincent 100 career wins at Appalachian State. Victories in the Southern Conference, the Women’s NIT, and the WBI are included in that record. What’s missing is a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

Vincent said that’s the goal this year.

“We know that we’re good enough, we know we’re skilled enough, even at the beginning of this year, that’s the one thing this team has said that is our mission was to get to the NCAA Tournament,” Vincent said. “We’ve done the regular-season title. We’ve done the Women’s NIT Sweet 16. We’ve done the WBI. We’ve never done the NCAA Tournament. So, right now that’s our efforts. Win or lose, we just want to get better every day.”

Wofford, which broke a four-game losing streak with a win over Western Carolina on Feb. 11, is in the beginning of a tough three-game road trip that includes Davidson on Monday and at Elon on Wednesday.

Appalachian State plays at Western Carolina Monday and host College of Charleston on Wednesday.


Appalachian State 77, Wofford 50

Wofford (7-15, 2-12)

Motley 0-4 0-4 0, Brittenham 5-9 3-4 14, Frazier 2-11 0-0 5, Wrightson 6-16 1-2 14, Merritt 0-3 0-0 0, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Masalin 2-2 1-4 5, Morris 0-1 2-2 2, Stokes 0-6 1-2 1, Joyner 0-0 0-0 0, Kirby 2-3 3-4 7, Fleming 0-1 2-2 2, Frost 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 17-60 13-26 50.

Appalachian State (16-6, 10-4)

Sharkey 3-6 0-0 6, Syrnor 5-8 2-2 14, A. Freeman 7-17 5-6 19, Gary 3-6 4-4 10, C. Freeman 5-7 1-2 11, Wood 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor 1-4 0-0 2, Gatewood 0-0 0-0 0, Mallow 2-6 1-2 5, Wilkerson 1-1 2-4 4, Cooper 0-1 0-0 0, Huffman 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 30-62, 15-20 77.

Halftime score—ASU 31, Wofford 16. 3-point goals—Wofford 3-17 (Brittenham 1-3, Frazier 1-4, Wrightson 1-4, Johnson 0-2, Stokes 0-2, Frost 0-2), ASU 2-8 (Sydnor 2-2, Gary 0-2, Mallow 0-3). Rebounds—Wofford 37 (Motley 5), ASU 51 (A. Freeman 15). Assists—Wofford 4 (Brittenham 3), ASU 15 (Gary 5). Total fouls—Wofford 17, ASU 24. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None. Att.—561.