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Originally published: 2013-02-02 15:46:11
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ASU women claim 80-62 win over Elon

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State head coach Darcie Vincent knows it’s very difficult to completely shut down Elon point guard Ali Ford.


The Mountaineers did the next best thing by harassing the former Freedom standout as much as possible, and then clamping down on the rest of the Phoenix roster.


The strategy worked in Appalachian State’s 80-62 victory in front of 667 fans at the Holmes Center Saturday. Ford finished with 18 points, but needed to make 8-of-9 from the free throw line to get there.


Ford also made 5-of-8 from the field, but missed both of her 3-point attempts. The senior also got frustrated enough to draw a technical foul late in the fourth quarter.


“That was our whole game plan with kind of the zone thing we were running defensively,” Vincent said. “We’d box-and-one her the whole night and harassed her and trapped her and she still found ways to score.”


The same could be said for Appalachian State’s Anna Freeman, who led all scorers with 26 points. Freeman, who struggled toward the end of January with scoring, broke through by making 11-of-19 from the field. She also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.


Appalachian State’s Maryah Sydnor added 19 points after making 9-of-11 shots from the foul line. Kelsey Sharkey sored 10 off the bench.


Jessica Barrios, making her first start of the season at point guard, added eight points and grabbed four steals for the Pioneers. Her 3-point shot gave Appalachian State a 3-0 lead that the Mountaineers would never lose.


Appalachian State took control of the game in the first half by holding the Phoenix to 23.5 percent shooting. The Mountaineers hit 39.3 percent from the field in the first half, and heated up to 53.3 percent in the second.


ASU took a 26-14 lead on a 7-2 run that was capped by a Bria Huffman basket with 6:45 left in the first half. The Mountaineers led 36-26 at halftime, and then ran away by opening the second half with a 14-7 burst to claim a 50-33 lead that was capped by a Freeman basket off a Sharkey steal-and-assist.

 

Appalachian State 80, Elon 62

Elon (11-9, 8-3)

Evans 2-10 2-2 6, Coffer 2-3 0-0 4, Stephenson 2-8 0-0 6, Ford 5-8 8-9 18, Harris 1-9 2-4 4, Redmond 1-6 4-4 6, Hudson 1-3 0-0 2, Razor 0-0 0-0 0, Cochraham 0-4 0-0 0, Farmer 3-7 2-2 8, Carter 3-8 2-6 8. Totals 20-66 20-27 62.

Appalachian State (13-5, 7-3)

A. Freeman 11-19 2-4 26, Barrios 2-3 2-2 8, Mallow 1-5 0-1 3, Sydnor 5-14 9-11 19, C. Freeman 3-5 2-2 9, Wood 0-3 0-0 0, Sharkey 3-4 4-6 10, Taylor 1-1 0-0 2, Gary 0-0 1-2 1, Huffman 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 27-58 80.

Halftime score—ASU 36, Elon 26. 3-point goals—Elon 2-12 (Stephenson 2-5, Evans 0-1, Coffer 0-1, Harris 0-1, Ford 0-2), ASU 6-12 (Barrios 2-2, A. Freeman 2-4, C. Freeman 1-1, Mallow 1-2, Wood 0-3). Rebounds—Elon 44 (Harris 11), ASU 40 (A. Freeman 10). Assists—Elon 9 (Redmond 3), ASU 21 (C. Freeman 8). Turnovers—Elon 24, ASU 24. Total fouls—Elon 23, ASU 22. Fouled out—Elon, Ford; ASU, Sharkey. Technical fouls—Elon, Ford. Att.—667.