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Originally published: 2012-12-29 11:52:20
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ASU's women's team falls to West Virginia

by Staff Reports

MORGANTOWN, WVa. — Despite three scorers in double figures, Appalachian State women’s basketball’s team was unable to hang on for a win Friday. The Mountaineers had a second close call this season with a 72-67 loss to West Virginia at WVU Coliseum.

Anna Freeman showed a strong effort in Appalachian’s first match up against Big XII standout West Virginia (8-3). She recorded 25 points for the Mountaineers (7-2), along with four assists, five rebounds, and seven steals.

Maryah Sydnor added 19 points and Katie Mallow added 13 for the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers scored 24 points off 26 West Virginia turnovers, but allowed 27 points off 20 turnovers.

West Virginia also scored 18 points off 17 offensive rebounds. West Virginia, also known as the Mountaineers, made 20-of-26 foul shots. West Virginia used a 9-0 run to take a 34-22 lead that stretched into a 37-24 halftime lead.

Appalachian State got three points from Sydnor to start the second half. A Sydnor jumper pulled the Mountaineers within eight (58-50) with 8:17 remaining.

Kelsey Sharkey scored to knot the game at 65-65 with 2:37 left, but West Virginia responded on its next possession when Christal Caldwell swished a 3-point basket to give the lead to West Virginia once more. Sydnor closed West Virginia’s lead to 68-67, but the Mountaineers missed on four scoring opportunities down the stretch.

Following a timeout, West Virginia’s Ayanna Dunning  went to the line and made two shots to increase WVU’s lead by three (70-67) with 22 ticks on the clock. Averee Fields approached the line following a foul by Anna Freeman to record West Virginia’s final two points.

Caldwell led all scorers with 22 points.


West Virginia 72, ASU women 67
Appalachian State (7-2)
Sharkey 3-8 0-0 6, C. Freeman 2-6 0-0 4, A. Freeman 9-20 5-6 25, Taylor 0-3 0-1 0, Sydnor 7-13 5-6 19, Gary 0-2 0-0 0, Mallow 4-7 2-2 13. Totals 25-59 12-15 67.

West Virginia (8-3)
Fields 6-11 6-6 18, Dunning 6-6 2-2 14, Caldwell 7-16 5-6 22, Palmer 2-7 1-3 6, Stepney 0-3 0-0 0, Betel 0-2 0-0 0, Faulk 1-1 90-0 2, Harlee 2-3 3-4 7, Holmes 0-1 2-2 2, Leary 0-1 1-3 4. Totals 24-51 20-26 72.

Halftime score—West Virginia 37, ASU 24. 3-point goals—ASU 5-13 (Mallow 3-4, A. Freeman 2-6, Gary 0-1, Sydnor 0-2), WVU 4-10 (Caldwell 3-5, Palmer 1-4, Holmes 0-1). Rebounds—ASU 27 (C. Freeman, Sydnor 6), WVU 39 (Fields, Dunning 7). Assists—ASU 18 (Three with four), WVU 19 (Stepney 10). Turnovers—ASU 20, WVA 26. Total fouls—ASU 20, WVU 18. Fouled out—C. Freeman. Technical fouls—None. Att.—2,059.