App State women’s basketball suffered a 67-64 setback to Davidson on Friday evening at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers fall to 2-2 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 2-3.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rocklege) put forth an efficient performance on the offensive end, shooting 13-of-16 from the field with a season-high 26 points. The senior scored 18 of her points in the second half.
Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) registered her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while it’s the third time she’s pulled down at least 10 off the glass.
Trailing 47-46 with 8:13 left in the game, Faith Alston (Centerville, Va./Paul VI Catholic) ignited a 9-0 run thanks to a three-point play to give the Apps the lead. Stanley and Michaela Porter (Pittsburgh, Pa./Obama Academy) scored the next six points to push the Black and Gold to a 55-47 edge with 6:37 left.
Just when it looked like App State was pulling away, the Wildcats responded by going on a 14-4 surge of their own to go in front 61-59. Porter knocked down her only 3-pointer of the game on the next possession to push App back out in front with under three minutes left in the game.
After Davidson went up by three by scoring on the next two possessions, Stanley scored to cut it to one. Following a pair of free throws by the visitors to push the lead back to three, 67-64, the Apps missed the potential-tying 3-pointer with seconds left on the clock.
Minus a fourth quarter in which App State shot 64.7 percent, the Apps struggled from the field shooting 35.7 percent in the first three periods. Davidson outscored App 32-22 in the second and third quarters after App State took a 17-10 lead in the first.
After holding Davidson to only 37.9 percent shooting in the first half, the Wildcats shot 50 percent in the final two frames. Chloe Welch did the damage on offense scoring 32 points to pace the visitors.
App State held a 42-30 advantage in the paint, while the bench outscored Davidson’s reserves, 17-5. Janay Sanders (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and Alston led the bench attack with seven points each.
The App State women’s basketball contest scheduled for Monday against North Carolina Central has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns within the NCCU program.
App State will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 20 with a road contest against ETSU. Tip is set for 2 p.m.