GREENSBORO, N.C. – Appalachian State out-rebounded the UNCG women’s basketball team 38-25 and shot 50.8 percent from the field Sunday afternoon, recording a 75-56 Southern Conference victory at Fleming Gymnasium.
The Mountaineers (6-11, 3-4 SoCon) hit 32 of 63 field goal attempts and added 10 free throw conversions while the Spartans (5-13, 1-6 SoCon) hit 20 of 49 from the field (40.8 percent) and 15 of 22 (68.2 percent) at the free throw line. Appalachian State used 17 offensive rebounds to score 14 second chance points while also dominating in the paint by a 44-30 margin. Despite playing 11 in the game, UNCG received just 13 points from its bench and turned the ball over 20 times.
Maryah Sydnor netted 27 points to lead the ASU effort while Bria Huffman added 14 and Michelle Taylor tallied nine assists. Senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) scored 13 points to pace the Spartans and junior guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) chipped in with 10. Stevenson also pulled down a team-best six rebounds. She is now just 32 points away from becoming the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points and eight blocks away from matching Rebecca Vivrette’s program best career total of 121.
The Spartans took a 2-0 lead just 29 seconds into the contest when Stevenson knocked down a pair of free throw attempts. With 14:44 remaining in the first half, Stevenson connected on a layup to knot the score at 10. The Mountaineers went on an 8-0 run down to the 11:48 mark and sat comfortably ahead after the second media timeout of the period.
The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before a Huffman jumper gave ASU its first double-digit lead of the game, 27-17, with 6:12 to go before the break. That would be the Mountaineer’s margin at the half as sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) knocked down a jumper with 21 seconds left to make the score 36-26.
Sydnor scored 10 points for Appalachian State in the first 20 minutes while Stevenson netted seven for the Spartans. ASU shot 55.2 percent from the field in the half, draining 16 of 29 attempts from the field. UNCG countered with 42.9 percent efficiency as the Blue and Gold hit nine of 21 shots. The Mountaineers won the rebounding tussle 16-9 and tallied six offensive rebounds in the stanza.
A layup by Sydnor with 14:47 left in the game afforded Appalachian State its largest lead of the game at 45-32. A jumper by freshman forward India Timpton (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) cut the lead to 50-38 at the 11:22 mark, but a free throw and Sydnor layup extended the visitors’ advantage to 53-38 with 9:48 to play. ASU would enjoy a double-digit margin for the rest of the contest, as a triple by freshman guard Shanese Harris (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) helped the Spartans come as close as they would, 57-47 with 6:05 on the clock. The Mountaineers closed the game on a 18-9 run to account for the final 19-point margin.
UNCG hits the road this weekend, traveling to Wofford and Furman for a pair of Southern Conference matchups. The Spartans will face the Terriers Saturday, Jan. 25, in Spartanburg to open the road trip with a 2 p.m. tipoff scheduled inside Benjamin Johnson Arena.
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