By David Rogers. January 5, 2019. BOONE, NC — Shooting nearly 50% (4-of-9) from behind the arc and 80% (4-of-5) from the charity stripe, junior guard Tyra Johnson came off the bench to record a team-high 16 points on Saturday at the Holmes Center, leading Troy to a comfortable, 83-72 women’s basketball win over Appalachian State. Johnson burned the nets with four 3-pointers at key moments.
COVER IMAGE: Lainey Gosnell (30) goes up for two inside the paint, but was also 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc. Except where noted, all photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
The host Mountaineers had high hopes for building on Thursday night’s upset of previously unbeaten South Alabama. After falling behind the Troy 7-0 to open the game, App State rallied to tie the game at 18-18 with 2:45 left in the first quarter, fueling hopes for a repeat of a similar rally to victory as was orchestrated by the High Country’s favorite daughters against the Jaguars.
But that was as close as the Mountaineers would get to upsetting the now 11-2 (2-0 in Sun Belt) Trojans. App State (7-6, 1-1) pulled to within two points again in the second period, but spent most of the rest of the game facing a 10-point or more deficit.
Troy starting forwards Sky’Lynn Holmes (13 points, 4 steals) and Amber Rivers (10), along with starting guard Kayla Robinson (10) were also in double figures for Troy. Holmes and reserve Kate Rodgers tied for team-high honors in rebounds with 8 apiece.
In the loss, Appalachian State got more impressive performances from center Bayley Plummer (13 rebounds), guard Pre Stanley (game-high 23 points, 9 rebounds), forward Lainey Gosnell (15 points, 5 rebounds), forward Maya Calder (8 rebounds, 8 points), and point guard Ashley Polacek (9 assists, 6 points, 4 rebounds).
Appalachian State goes on the road next week, hoping to take the state of Texas with a Thursday, Jan. 10 tilt with Texas-Arlington, then a trip down I-35 to San Marcos, TX to test Texas State, both Sun Belt Conference games.
- Troy has 20 or more turnovers in 10 of its last 11 games
- The loss snaps App State’s 6-game home winning streak
- Pre Stanley’s game-high 23 points was also a season high for the sophomore from Rockledge, FL
- Troy is now ranked #1 in the Sun Belt in scoring, averaging 82.3 points per game
- Troy and App State rank 1st and 3rd, respectively, in offensive rebounds
- Averaging 10.9 rebounds per game, App State’s Bayley Plummer leads the Sun Belt Conference
- App State’s Ashley Polacek is ranked #2 in the Sun Belt while averaging 4.9 assists per game
Tyra Johnson — 16 points, including 4-of-9 shooting from behind the arc in just 14 minutes of court time
- Sky’Lynn Holmes — 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals
- Kate Rodgers — 8 rebounds, 5 points
- Amber Rivers — 10 points
- Kayla Robinson — 10 points
- Pre Stanley — 23 points, 9 rebounds
- Lainey Gosnell — 15 points, 5 rebounds
Bailey Plummer — 13 rebounds, 5 points
- Maya Calder — 8 points, 8 rebounds (5 offensive rebounds)