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Originally published: 2013-01-13 01:30:23
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ASU women pound Western Carolina

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State women’s basketball coach Darcie Vincent said following Appalachian State’s 77-46 demolition of Southern Conference rival Western Carolina that her Mountaineers can resemble a runaway train.


Sometimes it ends in disaster. Sometimes it ends with the train running over everything in its path.


“I do think we are like a runaway train,” Vincent said. “Unfortunately, it’s good and bad. If we’re going bad, we’re going 100 percent bad and we can’t really stop ourselves. When we’re going good, we can be a really good basketball team. I think that’s what you saw in the first half.”


Appalachian State did that to Western Carolina in a first half that saw the Mountaineers take a 44-13 lead with 3:42 left in the first half. The Mountaineers shot a solid, but not spectacular 43.8 percent from the field.


They held Western Carolina to just 24 percent (6-for-25) from the field in the first half and 26.7 percent for the game. Western Carolina made just 2-of-21 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 22 times.


“I think we learned a really big lesson for ourselves as a team,” Vincent said. “I don’t think tonight was perfect, but 75 percent of it was linked to our press. These kids really have to buy in and go 100 percent and forcing that tempo and forcing those shots.”


Vincent said the Mountaineers learned a lot from a bad 65-49 loss to Davidson. ASU is 2-0 since then, including a victory over Furman. Appalachian State’s full-court press made things difficult for Western to get any consistency going on offense.


The Mountaineers scored 33 points off turnovers, and 48 points in the paint.


“We want to be forcing teams to second-guess their offenses or what they can even call,” Vincent said. “I don’t’ know in the whole game if Western was able to start an offense because they had trouble setting things up.”


Two of Western Carolina’s starters — Hana Haden and Ali Lane — were 0-for-17 from the field. Lindsay Simpson finished with a team-high 15 points for the Catamounts.


Appalachian State got 19 points from Courtney Freeman, and 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists from Anna Freeman. Maryah Sydnor added 16 points.


Appalachian State goes back to the road Monday at Wofford, and at College of Charleston on Jan. 18.

 

 

Appalachian State women 77, Western Carolina 46

Western Carolina (4-10, 2-3)

Hunnicutt 2-4 2-2 6, Abraham 1-3 0-0 2, Haden 0-8 0-0 0, McKinney 1-2 1-2 3, Lane 0-9 0-0 0, Thacker 0-3 0-0 0, Simpson 5-12 3-3 15, Wakama 0-1 0-0 0, Joseph 3-9 0-0 6, Campbell 1-6 2-2 4, Lyon 2-2 0-2 4, Terry 1-1 2-3 4, Burleson 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 16-60 12-16 46.

Appalachian State (9-3, 3-1)

Sydnor 5-9 6-6 16, A. Freeman 6-10 5-7 17, Gary 1-2 0-0 3, Mallow 3-8 2-2 9, C. Freeman 7-13 5-6 19, Wood 0-1 0-0 0, Sharkey 2-3 1-2 5, Barrios 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 2-6 0-0 4, Gatewood 2-5 0-2 4, Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Huffman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 19-25 46.

Halftime score— ASU 44, Western Carolina 19. 3-point goals—Western 2-21 (Simpson 2-7, Wakama 0-1, Thacker 0-2, Lane 0-3, Campbell 0-3), ASU 2-10 (Gary 1-1, Mallow 1-5, Sydnor 0-1, A. Freeman 0-1, Wood 0-1, Taylor 0-1). Rebounds—Western 33 (Three with four), ASU 46 (A. Freeman 9). Assists—Western 3 (Lane 2), ASU 19 (A. Freeman 5). Turnovers—Western 22, ASU 18. Total fouls—Western 19, ASU 19. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—Western, team. Att.—726.