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Originally published: 2012-11-10 02:42:19
Last modified: 2012-11-10 02:42:19

ASU women pull away from Bobcats

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State’s women’s basketball team did not dominate Division II neighbor Lees-McRae right away.

It took a while for the Mountaineers to pull away from Lees-McRae in their 91-54 victory at the Holmes Center Friday. A second-half barrage buried Lees-McRae (0-1). The Mountaineers went on a 21-4 run at the start of the second half to claim a 66-40 lead that was never in jeopardy.

Lees-McRae turned the ball over eight times and made just one shot from the field during the run. A pair of foul shots from Lees-McRae’s Keri Belcher ended the Mountaineers’ run.

Mountaineers coach Darcie Vincent would have liked to have the Mountaineers play two halves similar to the second half Friday. Once the Bobcats stayed with the Mountaineers early in the game, it took its toll on ASU’s defense.

That changed in the second half when Appalachian State outscored Lees-McRae 46-18.

“Every game is a learning lesson,” Vincent said. “The biggest thing that I’ve learned and I’ve got to get through to them is we’ve got to be more defensive focused in what we do in our game style. I know these guys looked at them and said, ‘We should score 100 points and let’s get in there one-on-one, I can take anything.’ When our offense wasn’t falling and it wasn’t flowing as easily in the first few minutes of the game, it affected us defensively. Then we found out selves in a game with them.”

Appalachian State (1-0) forced Lees-McRae into 38 turnovers. Eleven of the 13 Mountaineers who played Friday grabbed at least one steal. Lees-McRae shot just 26.1 percent in the second half and 37.8 in the game.

The start of the first half was a much different story. Appalachian State trailed 21-19 with 8:25 left in the first half before the Mountaineers went on a 13-4 run to take a 32-25 lead. The Mountaineers turned a 36-33 lead into a 45-36 halftime advantage.

Courtney Freeman led the Mountaineers, who shot 57 percent from the field, with 22 points. Anna Freeman added 18 points and Maryah Sydnor scored 15.

Kelsey Sharkey scored 11 of her 12 points in the first half.

Lauren Lewis scored 14 points for the Bobcats. Alyssa Munson, Icey Patterson and De Souza each scored eight points.

Appalachian State goes from playing Division II Lees-McRae to play at the ACC’s Virginia Tech Wednesday.

 

 

Appalachian State 91, Lees-McRae 54

Lees-McRae (0-1)

Munson 2-4 4-5 8, Belcher 1-3 2-2 4, Lewis 5-11 0-0 14, Flowers 2-7 0-0 5, Patterson 310 2-2 8, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Truesdale 2-4 2-2 6, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, De Souza 2-3 4-4 8, Collins 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 17-45 15-17 54.

Appalachian State (1-0)

Sharkey 5-6 2-3 12, Sydnor 6-13 2-2 15, A. Freeman 7-11 2-2 18, Taylor 2-4 0-0 4, C. Freeman 8-14 6-7 22, Wood 1-3 0-0 3, Barrios 0-0 0-0 0, Gatewood 2-4 0-1 4, Gary 0-1 0-0 0, Mallow 4-6 0-0 8, Wilkerson 1-3 0-0 2, Cooper 1-1 1-2 3, Huffman 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 37-70 13-17 91.

Halftime—ASU 45, Lees-McRae 36. 3-point goals—L-M 5-11 (Lewis 4-7, Flowers 1-2, Patterson 0-2), ASU 4-10 (A. Freeman 2-3, Sydnor 1-2, Wood 1-3, Mallow 0-2). Rebounds—L-M 27 (Belcher 6), ASU 37 (Sharkey, Sydnor 8). Assists—L-M 5 (Patterson 3), ASU 25 (Taylor 5). Steals—L-M 13 (Patterson 4), ASU 21 (Three with two). Turnovers—L-M 38, ASU 25. Total fouls—L-M 15, ASU 19. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None.