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By David Rogers. January 30, 2020. BOONE, NC — Only two Mountaineers scored in double figures Thursday night for the Appalachian State women’s basketball team against Georgia State at the Holmes Convocation Center, but that was enough. App State effectively dismantled the Panthers, 65-37.

COVER IMAGE: Bayley Plummer (42) has been a big help for App State since returning to the lineup. All photographic images by Bill Barbour for Blowing Rock News

App State jumped out to a 17-4 lead by the end of the first quarter, including 6 points from starting guard Pre Stanley and 4 points from power forward Haile McDonald off the bench.

Brooke Bigott (20) goes up for the Mountaineers against Georgia State

The Panthers nearly matched the Mountaineers in the second period, but still lost ground (12-13) to trail by 14 at the halftime break. Stanley increased her game-high total in points scored to 12 by intermission, while Brooke Bigott got in the scoring act with 5 first half points. Center Bayley Plummer and point guard Ashley Polacek each pulled down four rebounds by the break.

It was more of the same for the Mountaineers in the second half, with McDonald (6 points), Plummer (5), Lainey Gosnell (5), and Armani Hampton (5) accounting for most of the scoring. Plummer pulled down another 4 rebounds in the second half and McDonald did yeoman’s work underneath, too, with 5 rebounds in the second half.

Pre Stanley dribbles down the lane. She became the 26th Mountaineer in program history to surpass 1,000 points scored.

Top stat lines for this game:

  • APP – Pre Stanley: 15 points, 2 steals, 3 assists
  • APP – Bayley Plummer: 6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals
  • APP – Haile McDonald: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots
  • APP – Ashley Polacek: 8 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
  • GSt – Taylor Hosendove: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
  • GSt – Jada Lewis: 8 points, 5 steals
  • GSt – Shaquanda Miller-McCray: 9 rebounds, 5 points, 5 blocks, 1 steal

Now 5-14 overall and 2-6 in Sun Belt Conference play, the App State women host Georgia Southern on Saturday (Feb. 1) at the Holmes Center, with a 2:00 pm scheduled tipoff.  Georgia Southern is 6-13 overall and 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conference. Saturday will be the first of two 2020 meetings, the second slated for February 22nd (2:00 pm), in Statesboro, GA.

 

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