Women’s Basketball Edged At Appalachian State
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point first half deficit to take the lead in the second stanza Saturday at Appalachian State, but the Mountaineers had just enough to grind out a 76-67 Southern Conference victory at the Holmes Convocation Center.
Senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) was the only player in the game to record a double-double – her eighth of the season – as she scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Freshman forward Jade Scaife (Fort Washington, Md./Archbishop Spalding) also netted double figures offensively with 10 points while freshman guard Bailey Williams set a career high in assists with eight helpers. Additionally, freshman guard Shanese Harris (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) contributed 10 points and five rebounds in 31 minutes played. Maryah Sydnor paced ASU with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Appalachian State (10-14, 7-7 SoCon) out-shot UNCG (6-18, 2-11 SoCon) 46 percent to 43 percent, hitting 32 of 69 from the field while holding the Spartans to 27 of 63 overall. The Mountaineers also held the upper hand in rebounding, 43-36, and the top two offensive rebounding teams in the SoCon combined for 30 offensive boards. The squads played pretty evenly down low as the Mountaineers ended up with a slight 42-38 advantage in the paint, but ASU received 34 points from its bench to aid its cause. The Blue and Gold dished out 18 assists as a team with Williams and sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) teaming up for 15 of the dimes.
The Spartans started off the game well, scoring six of the first eight points to take a four-point advantage with 2:06 gone. However, the Mountaineers settled down and went on a 10-4 run to lead 12-8 at 15:13. A layup by Sydnor stretched the home team’s cushion out to 18-10, but a jumper by junior guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) sliced the deficit to 22-16 with 10:02 remaining in the half.
Appalachian State looked to run away with the game in the first half, going ahead 35-19 at 5:07 after an offensive rebound and putback by Amber Doniere. UNCG would not quit though, using a 9-2 run over the final minutes of the period to cut its deficit to 37-28 at the break.
Stevenson led the Spartans with 10 points in the first 20 minutes while Sydnor paced all scorers with 12. The Mountaineers held a 24-20 advantage on the glass and 24-16 in the paint. Appalachian State shot 46 percent (18 of 39) in the stanza while limiting UNCG to 35 percent (11 of 31).
UNCG came out on fire in the second half, coming all the way back to knot the score at 42 at 15:28 on a triple by Harris. Keke Cooper put her team back in front 52-48 thanks to a jumper down low. However, Scaife continued a strong start to the second period as her layup with 8:15 remaining gave the Blue and Gold the lead at 55-54.
Appalachian State would deliver the knockout blow, however, going on a 14-2 run over the next several minutes to put the game away. Farrahn Wood was key for the Mountaineers during the stretch as she hit a trio of three-point field goals. UNCG would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Spartans return to action Monday when they travel across the mountains to Cullowhee for a SoCon clash with Western Carolina. Tipoff from the Ramsey Regional Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.