Lady Bucs take down App State
The ETSU women's basketball team held off a late surge from Appalachian State and was able to top the Mountaineers, 81-72, with 17 points from both Cara Bowling and Chandler Christopher on Tuesday evening inside the Holmes Center on the ASU campus.
With the win, ETSU improves to 1-1 overall, while App State drops to 0-2 overall on the young season.
After trading baskets with the Mountaineers early in the opening period, the Bucs quickly found themselves behind by six with 12:52 remaining in the half. ETSU swiftly responded and tied the game, 13-13, on back-to-back baskets by Bowling with 10:37 left.
Later, two Serena Clark free throws and a lay-in by Maria Bond put the Bucs up 17-13 with 9:40 to play. App State then kept battling back, but the Blue and Gold were able to hold them at bay over the next handful of minutes off a few press-break opportunities. A Christopher 3-pointer with 2:24 remaining gave the Bucs their biggest advantage of the first half, 31-24. A 7-1 Mountaineers run over the final two minutes closed the gap to 32-31 at the break.
Following an ASU lay-in to begin the second half, ETSU buckled down and started to take control of the game. A layup by Jasmine Hotchkins put the Bucs up seven, 43-36, with 14-minutes to play.
The Blue and Gold were able to increase their advantage to as many as 11 points midway through the second period, but the Mountaineers refused to go away silently. A 9-3 run by ASU over the next three minutes narrowed ETSU's advantage to five, 59-54, with roughly seven minutes remaining.
The Bucs tried to distance themselves again over the next four minutes, but were unsuccessful as App State pulled to within four points, 70-66, with 2:35 left to play. ASU turnovers as well as clutch baskets and free throws down the stretch allowed ETSU to fend off the Mountaineers and increase its lead, resulting in a 81-72 Buccaneer win.
The Bucs got a team-leading 17 points from both Bowling and Christopher as well as a double-double from Clark with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The 17 points is a career-high for Christopher in her second career start. Bond and Tiana Burley each also added 10 points in 22 and 17 minutes of play, respectively. Meanwhile, both Maryah Sydnor and Katie Mallow recorded game-highs of 19 points for App State.
ETSU shot a respectable 51 percent from the field and knocked down 67 percent (26-of-39) of its free throws. The Bucs also got out on the break for six points and held slight advantages over the Mountaineers in points in the paint (30-26), points off turnovers (22-19) and bench points (22-20).
Meanwhile, ASU shot 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent (9-of-23) from the free-throw line. The Mountaineers did dominate the Blue and Gold in second-chance points (21-10) off of 18 offensive rebounds.
The Bucs will return to action on Nov. 21 for their regular season home opener at the Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City at 4:45 p.m.
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