App State women’s basketball picked up a gritty 70-60 victory over UNC Asheville on Sunday afternoon at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers move to 2-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, while UNCA falls to 1-1.
Pre Stanley scored 19 of her game-high 25 points in the second half, including 15 in the fourth frame. The senior hit nine baskets and went 7-of-9 from the line, and added seven off the glass. Stanley passes Courtney Freeman (2009-13) for 16th all-time in school history in career points with 1,204. She is two away from moving into 15th. She would pass Angela Crosby (1992-93). Stanley led the team with a plus-30 in 23 minutes of play.
Brooke Bigott once again put forth a solid shooting effort, scoring a career-high 15 points with three of her five field goals from coming outside the arc. Michaela Porter turned in a second straight double-double with 12 points and a personal-high 12 rebounds. Porter also had five steals which are a personal high. Lainey Gosnell grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds (six offensive). The duo of Gosnell pulled down 25 boards.
The reserves stepped up as well, outscoring their counterparts, 15-6. Maya Calder scored six points with five rebounds while the freshmen duo of Dane Bertolina (five points) and Faith Alston (four points) combined for nine points. The trio shot 6-of-11 with two trifectas and grabbed eight rebounds.
UNC Asheville took an early lead after the first quarter, 18-12, thanks to 46.7 percent shooting from the floor and a 7-1 run when the game was tied, 11-11. Appalachian responded with a 12-0 surge in the first 3:51 of the period to go up by five, 23-18.
The Bulldogs eventually went into the break with a 33-31 edge following a Kai Carter jumper.
It was a back-and-forth third period, where after the Apps took a 40-34 advantage early in the quarter, the Bulldogs came back to go in front 47-44 with 2:01 left. However, the Black and Gold scored the final six points thanks to a Bigott layup and consecutive field goals by Calder to end the score at 50-47 in App’s favor.
Calder stepped up once again off the bench in the fourth to spark a 10-3 spurt with an offensive rebound and putback at the 5:30 mark. Following Gosnell’s trifecta, Stanley took over by scoring the final nine points of the game to help grow the lead to 10 en route to a 17th win over UNCA. The Bulldogs never got closer than six points over the last 4:53 of the matchup.
App State dominated the glass with a plus-14 rebounding margin (49-35), including 16 offensive rebounds to UNCA’s five. Appalachian held a 13-6 advantage in second-chance points and won the battle inside with 30 points in the paint.
After not playing her first three years due to a lower-body injury, A’Lea Gilbert saw her first minutes of action in a Black and Gold uniform.
Kai Carter led the visitors with 19 points and Amaryah Corpening scored 16.
Appalachian will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to Blacksburg, Va. for a 5 p.m. tip against Virginia Tech on Friday.