Women’s Basketball Falls To Appalachian State

UNCGSpartans.com 02-26-2013
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women's basketball team fell behind early Wednesday afternoon against Appalachian State and could not recover, dropping a 77-46 decision to the Mountaineers inside Fleming Gymnasium. 

The Spartans (6-21, 3-15) shot just 28 percent from the field and turned the ball over 26 times while Appalachian (19-7, 13-5) scored 28 points off those miscues and shot 52 percent from the floor. The Mountaineers also dished out 27 assists on 34 baskets while out-scoring UNCG 26-8 on the fast break and scoring 40 points in the paint. In terms of rebounding, Appalachian State won the battle overall 45-27 and pulled down 20 offensive boards which led to 20 second-chance points for the visitors. 

Junior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) was the lone Spartan in double figures offensively as she netted 14 points and was perfect from the free throw line – knocking down all four of her attempts. Freshman forward Diamond Cooper (Orlando, Fla./West Orange) scored a career-high six points in the first half while a trio of UNCG players pulled down five rebounds. 

The teams traded baskets in the first minute and a half before the Mountaineers put together a 13-2 run to lead 15-4 at the 14:07 mark. Over the next five minutes, each squad scored five points, but ASU scored nine of the next 12 points from there as two Patterson free throws left the margin at 29-12. Another pair of foul shots by Cooper cut the Spartan deficit to 15 briefly. However, the Mountaineer advantage grew to as much as 20 before the visitors had to settle for a 38-22 cushion at the half. 

Maryah Sydnor led all scorers with 12 points in the first 20 minutes while Patterson and Cooper each netted six for UNCG. The Spartans made just six of 24 attempts from the field (25 percent) while ASU knocked down 17 of 35 for 49 percent. The Mountaineers also out-rebounded the Blue and Gold 23-14. 

A triple by sophomore guard Jessica Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Eckerd College) served as the first points of the second stanza, making the score 38-25, but a three by Anna Freeman stretched the Appalachian edge to 20 points (45-25) at the 17:52 mark. The Mountaineer lead would balloon to as much as 36 before the buzzer sounded. 

UNCG ventures out on the road for the last time in 2012-13, traveling to Statesboro, Ga., Saturday for a matchup with Georgia Southern. The Spartans and the Eagles will tip off at 7 p.m. 

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