App State WBB rises to defeat The Phoenix, 65-62

App State WBB rises to defeat The Phoenix, 65-62
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Ashley Polacek (23) recorded a whopping 11 assists for the contest, even while gathering in 5 rebounds, 6 points and a steal. Photographic image by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

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.

Tierra Wilson (3) came off the bench to spark the Mountaineers. Photographic image by Bill Barbour for Blowing Rock News

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.”

Maya Calder goes up to the basket, in traffic. Photographic image by Bill Barbour for Blowing Rock News

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.

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

SLIDESHOW By Bill Barbour for Blowing Rock News


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As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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