App State women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is excited to announce the senior trio of Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central), Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla.), and Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) as captains for the 2020-21 season.
“It’s with great appreciation that I announce this season’s captains, Lainey, Pre, and Tierra,” said coach Elderkin. “During our time in quarantine, our coaching staff realized we couldn’t continue to strive for growth without the commitment from our team. Upon meeting with these three, they accepted the responsibility of being our captains. Empowering these three ladies who have given there all for App State since they stepped on campus is truly rewarding for our coaching staff.”
Gosnell, who is entering her fourth year in the black and gold, is coming off a 2019-20 campaign in which she averaged double figures for the second straight season, scoring 10.1 points per game while averaging 5.7 rebounds per game. She led the team with a career-high 45 3-pointers, shot a personal-high 72.6 percent from the charity stripe, and set a career mark in assists and steals. Gosnell averaged 19.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, shot 56 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from beyond the arc in the final two contests. She is on pace to become the 27th member of the 1,000-point club in ’20-21.
Gosnell on being named captain
“I feel so honored to be seen as a leader by my teammates and coaches,” said Gosnell. “We can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us. Everyone wants to get better and has a vision for us. I’m not just leading them, they are leading me, and we are in this together.”
Stanley is entering her fourth year after scoring at least 10 points in 21 of 30 games, leading to a personal-high 14.1 points per game. Her scoring average was the highest since Maryah Sydnor (17.5 ppg – 2014-15). The guard also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She turned in seven performances with at least 20 points, including a season-best 28 points in the double-overtime win at Coastal Carolina. Stanley finished seventh in the Sun Belt in scoring. Her career and team-high 108 free throws made were fifth, while her 140 attempts were third in the conference. She led the squad and was 10th in the Sun Belt in free throw percentage. The senior was one of five players in the Sun Belt to lead their team in scoring and steals at a clip of 1.7 per game, leading to an All-Sun Belt Third-Team nomination. Stanley is on pace to finish fourth all-time in free throw makes and fifth in scoring in school history.
Stanley on being named captain
“It’s an honor to be named captain this season,” said the team’s leading scorer. “Being a captain means to set the standard for accountability as well as holding others to that standard. We want to make sure we’re holding this standard on and off the court as well as maintaining consistency.”
Despite missing the ’19-20 campaign due to a torn ACL, Wilson’s voice was heard on the bench throughout the year. She expects to return without skipping a beat in her fourth season. Wilson came off the bench in 2018-19, hitting a team-high 57 3-pointers. She led the Sun Belt among all players with five starts or less in that category, while she led the team coming off the bench averaging 7.6 points per game. Wilson scored in double figures in 11 games. Going into the year, she is tied for ninth in school history with 113-career trifectas.
Wilson on being named captain
“I’m grateful to be named captain,” said Wilson. “Being a captain means to set the tone and example for your teammates. This means on and off the court, you’re being the best teammate you can be and being a lending hand whenever needed.”
Gosnell, Stanley, and Wilson are three of the returning 11 players with five newcomers for this season.