By David Rogers. November 20, 2018. BOONE, NC — By the end, this “chess match” of a women’s basketball game ended in “checkmate.” The Mountaineers of Appalachian State escaped with a 65-62 victory over Elon Tuesday night at the Holmes Center.
COVER IMAGE: Madi Story (34) had a game-high 17 points, while also contributing 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Photographic image by Bill Barbour for Blowing Rock News
A total of three App State players finished the game with double figures in points scored. Redshirt senior guard Madi Story’s game-high 17 was augmented by the Mountain “bigs” tandem of sophomore forwards Maya Calder (11 points) and Bayley Plummer (10).
Redshirt junior transfer guard Ashley Polacek dished out 11 assists to go with six points, five rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes of court time.
Speaking of the Ottawa, Canada native’s assist total, Mountaineer head coach Angel Elderkin pointed out during her post-game press conference, “That’s pretty good.”
Glancing over to Chase Colliton, the sports information director for women’s basketball, Elderkin added, “That hasn’t happened here at App State during my tenure here.”
Elon’s roster features five athletes that are 6-1 or taller, including three that saw at least 14 minutes of action: Sophomore forward Emily Maupin (6-3. 31 minutes), sophomore forward Anna Popovic (6-1, 18 minutes) and freshman forward Michaela Ryan (6-1, 14 minutes). All three are athletic and posed a significant challenge to App State’s inside play, given their height advantage. The Mountaineers’ rotation included only the 6-0 Calder and the 6-4 Plummer.
“It was a bit of a chess match,” Elderkin admitted to reporters afterward in explaining how the Mountaineers countered the height advantage with different on-court strategies and personnel matchups.
The Mountaineers return to the Holmes Center on Sunday (Nov. 25) where they will host the Thundering Herd of Marshall University, a member of Conference-USA. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm EST. Marshall is 1-3 overall during the current campaign, with a win over Bluefield State College (82-29), and losses against Indiana State (53-62), Bowling Green (76-99), and Southern Illinois (49-58). After losing to Alabama-Birmingham (61-80) and Georgia Tech (53-71) to open the season, App State has now won three in a row, the other two also being nailbiter wins vs. UNC-Greensboro (68-65) and at Davidson (81-78).
Elon returns home to face Chowan University on Wednesday, November 28th, 7:00 pm EST.
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