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Originally published: 2012-11-21 00:26:00
Last modified: 2012-11-21 16:10:55

ASU women pound Gardner-Webb

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State’s women’s basketball team cruised to an 84-43 victory over Gardner-Webb Tuesday night at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (2-1) got 49 combined points from Courtney Freeman and Anna Freeman. Courtney scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Anna Freeman added 23 points and pulled down 10 boards. Anna Freeman also had five assists and three steals.

Both helped make sure Gardner-Webb had little chance of winning. Appalachian State took a 29-17 lead with 7:17 left before closing out the half with a 14-2 run to post a commanding 43-19 halftime lead.

Appalachian State scored the first five points of the second half to increase its lead to 48-19.

“We did a great job of just moving the basketball and capitalizing on their weaknesses,” Appalachian State coach Darcie Vincent said. “Anna and Courtney having huge games today helped us a lot.”

Gardner-Webb (3-1) did not help itself by committing 34 turnovers. The Runnin’ Bulldogs also settled for just five assists and shot 31.4 percent the entire game.

“If you look at 34 turnovers, there are only 12 steals,” Vincent said. “What I talked about at halftime was they had 16 turnovers, which is very high, but we only four steals. They were just throwing it around, but a lot of it was causing turnovers than causing steals.”

Appalachian State had 18 assists and 16 turnovers. The Mountaineers also held a 44-37 rebounding advantage, but Gardner-Webb also pulled down 20 offensive rebounds, including five by center Catrina Green.

She finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Jasmine Dale also had 10 points for the Bulldogs.

“That’s a tough team,” Vincent said. “There are a lot of elbows off the ball and on the ball. They rebound the ball tenaciously. They probably work on rebounding drills than any team in the country because they know they’re not going to make their first shot, especially if its’ from the perimeter. I was a little concerned about how we were going to handle their physicalness.”

Vincent was worried about the Bulldogs’ size up front, especially Green, who stands 6-foot-1 with some strength. Green went into the game averaging 13.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

“She’s a hoss,” Vincent said. “She is a big body, strong and positions herself very well. She’s got to just love that offense because they stick her on the block where she’s very comfortable and doesn’t have to do a lot of movement.”

Appalachian State moves on to the East Carolina Thanksgiving Invitational beginning Friday against Campbell. The Mountaineers follow with a game Saturday against Norfolk State.

It’s a chance for the Mountaineers to put together a small winning streak heading into its game at Xavier on Nov. 30, and then into their first Southern Conference game at home against Georgia Southern on Dec. 3.

“This is where you’ve got to get to rhythm,” Vincent said. “Even like from Virginia Tech (a 71-68 loss on Nov. 14), it was perfect timing because we got the reps in practice that we needed. Now it’s like, you’re feeling good about this game. We’ll take (Wednesday) off, practice Thursday in the morning, and then we’re going to serve Thanksgiving dinner at hospice and then go to Anna’s on the way down to ECU where they’re cooking us a Thanksgiving dinner.”

 

Appalachian State 84, Gardner-Webb 43

Gardner-Webb (3-1)

Heilig 1-3 1-4 3, Green 5-7 0-0 10, Doran 2-8 0-2 5, Koerner 2-5 0-0 4, Dale 4-14 0-0 10, Compton 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-1 1-2 1, Parker 1-2 1-3 3, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 1-6 3-4 5, Dunovant 0-3 0-0 0, Quinn 0-1 2-5 2. Totals 16-51 8-20 43.

Appalachian State (2-1)

C. Freeman 10-18 6-6 26, A. Freeman 9-16 4-4 23, Sharkey 2-4 0-0 4, Taylor 1-3 1-2 3, Gary 3-7 0-0 7, Wood 1-2 0-1 2, Gatewood 0-0 0-0 0, Mallow 2-8 0-0 5, Wilkerson 1-2 2-2 4, Cooper 1-1 0-0 2, Sydnor 4-10 0-0 8, Huffman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-72 13-14 84.

Halftime score—ASU 43, Gardner-Webb 19. 3-point goals—GWU 3-15 (Dale 2-7, Doran 1-4, Brown 0-1, Dunovant 0-3), ASU 3-16 (Gary 1-2, Mallow 1-4, A. Freeman 1-6, Taylor 0-1, Wood 0-1, Sydnor 0-2). Rebounds—GWU 37 (Green 8), ASU 44 (A. Freeman 10). Assists—GWU 5 (Five with one), ASU 18 (A. Freeman 5). Turnovers—GWU 34, ASU 16. Total fouls—GWU 11, ASU 21. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None. Att. —NA.