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Originally published: 2013-01-08 10:44:13
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ASU women knocks off Furman

by Staff Reports

GREENVILLE, S.C. — It didn’t take Appalachian State’s women’s basketball team long to get back into the winning column.

 

Appalachian State’s Maryah Sydnor led two players in double figures in the visiting Mountaineers’ 66-52 win over Furman Monday. ASU won the game two days after a disappointing 65-49 road loss to Davidson.

 

Sydnor scored 21 points, her second-highest output of the season. Katie Mallow added 15 points, while Anna Freeman added 10.  The Mountaineers beat Furman for the fourth straight time.

"I think the win was important for us because we bounced back,” Mountaineers coach Darcie Vincent said. “Saturday our whole world just deflated to absolutely nothing. The big thing we challenge these kids is to be who we are, which is resilient — come out and be App State — which is to play angry.”

Appalachian (8-3, 2-1 SoCon) got off to a slow start, but gained momentum after the first official time out and took a 25-16 halftime lead. The Mountaineers struggled from the floor by hitting 37.9 percent of their shots, but ASU’s defense held Furman (4-8, 0-3) to just 5-of-22 shooting (22.7 percent) from the field.

Appalachian State also pulled down 15 defensive boards, forced 10 first half Paladin turnovers, and grabbing eight steals in the first half. ASU outrebounded Furman 44-30 overall with Freeman grabbing a game-high 13. Kelsey Sharkey added 12 rebounds, five on the offensive end, before fouling out.

Raven Gary also dished out nine of Appalachian State’s 16 assists. The Mountaineers, who shot 46 percent from the field in the second half, made 23-of 55 shots (41 percent) from the field for the game. Appalachian State also forced 24 Paladin turnovers, which led to 24 ASU points. 

"We dominated a very physical team on the boards," Vincent said. "We had more offensive rebounds than they did. We handled our screens well and so forth. So, to me, we needed to be physical and we were physical tonight. So, I'm really proud and happy with the way the girls played that part of the game."

Brittany Hodges and Teshia Griswold each scored 14 points for the Paladins.

Appalachian returns home hosting Western Carolina on Saturday before heading back on the road at Wofford on Jan. 14.

 

Appalachian State 66, Furman 52

Appalachian State (8-3, 2-1 SoCon)

Sydnor 7-14 7-9 21, C. Freeman 3-9 1-2 7, A. Freeman 3-9 3-4 13, Taylor 1-1 0-0 2, Mallow 4-5 4-7 15, Sharkey 1-3 0-3 2, Gatewood 1-2 1-2 3, Gary 3-8 0-0 6, Wilkerson 0-0 0-0 0, Cooper 0-1 0-2 0, Huffman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-55 16-29 66.

Furman (4-8, 0-3)

Wilkins 3-7 2-4 8, Hodges 4-7 6-9 14, Murphy 1-7 2-4 5, Morrissey 0-1 0-0 0, Griswold 5-12 2-4 14,  Norwood 2-7 1-3 6, Roberts 0-1 0-0 0, Durdaller 1-3 2-2 4, Ellis 0-2 1-2 1, Bryan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 16-28 52.

Halftime lead—ASU 25, Furman 16. 3-point goals—ASU 4-9 (Mallow 3-4, A. Freeman 1-3, Wood 0-2), Furman 4-10 (Griswold 2-4, Murphy 1-2, Wilkins 0-1, Ellis 0-1). Rebounds—ASU 44 (A. Freeman 13), Furman 30 (Hodges 9). Assists—ASU 16 (Gary 9), Furman 13 (Norwood 6). Turnovers—ASU 19, Furman 24. Total fouls—ASU 24, Furman 20. Fouled out—ASU, C. Freeman, Sharkey. Technical fouls—None. Att.—392.