By David Rogers. November 19, 2014. JOHNSON CITY, TN — Not quite midway through the second half, East Tennessee led Appalachian State by 8 points, but two key blocked shots by 6-2 junior forward Ashley Bassett Smith and clutch scoring by seniors Maryah Sydnor (forward) and Katie Mallow (guard) in the final minutes enabled the Mountaineers to reverse the balance of power in this game and win by seven, 74-67, at Brooks Gym.
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The visiting Appalachian State women didn’t get their first lead until the 8:54 mark of the second half, after trailing the Buccaneers by five, 29-34, at intermission.
Sydnor and Mallow proved the tireless workhorses on the evening, Sydnor playing the entire game (40 minutes) with Mallow on the court for all but three minutes. Not surprisingly, the two seniors were the high scorers for the game with 25 and 21 points, respectively. Mallow added 3 steals and 6 assists to her scoring line, while Sydnor posted a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 steals to her game stats.
Bassett-Smith saw 11 minutes of playing time — all in the second half — and made the most of her opportunities to contribute to the Mountaineers’ first regular season victory of the 2014-15 campaign, including 6 points to go with her 2 blocks and even picked up 5 personal fouls, forced to leave the court with 40 seconds remaining. Appalachian put the game away with two KeKe Cooper free throws at the 36 second mark.
Next up for the Mountaineers is a Saturday (Nov. 22) home matchup vs. UNC-Wilmington in the Holmes Convocation Center, 2:00 pm.