Slow Start Dooms Women’s Basketball in Loss to UTC; Still Getting First-Round Bye; Last Home Game Tonight

Published Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10:35 am
Raven Gary led Appalachian State with 12 points on Saturday versus Chattanooga. Photo by Rob Moore and courtesy of Appalachian Sports Information

Raven Gary led Appalachian State with 12 points on Saturday versus Chattanooga. Photo by Rob Moore and courtesy of Appalachian Sports Information

March 4, 2013. Appalachian State University women’s basketball seniors Raven Gary and Anna Freeman combined for 22 points on Senior Day but Chattanooga shot a blistering 63.3 percent in the first half en route to a 69-45 victory over the Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center. 

After Chattanooga (26-3, 19-1 SoCon) scored the game’s first nine points, Appalachian State (19-8, 13-6 SoCon) cut the deficit to 17-14 on a Courtney Freeman layup with 11:05 to go in the first period. However, UTC closed the half with a 27-14 run and led 44-27 at the break. 

Appalachian opened the second half with three jumpers to pull within 11, but the Mountaineers never got any closer as the Lady Mocs put up a pair of 6-0 runs over a 7:41 stretch to pull ahead by 19 points (56-37). Chattanooga picked up 13 points over the remaining 9:25, seven coming from the free-throw line. Appalachian recorded eight more points, including a Bria Huffman jumper with :37 remaining, for a 69-45 final.

Gary led the Mountaineers with 12 points and A. Freeman added 10 in the loss. Ashlen Dewart scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Chattanooga, which won its 16th-straight game. 

Despite the loss to the Southern Conference regular-season champion, Appalachian State still have a first-round bye secured for next week’s SoCon Tournament. They are currently tied with Elon (16-12, 13-6 SoCon) for third in the conference standings. Elon looks to close out their regular season this evening in Statesboro, Ga., against Georgia Southern (7-21, 6-13 SoCon). 

The Mountaineers close the regular season this evening when they host Samford at 6 p.m. at the Holmes Center. 

Game Notes: KeKe Cooper put up a career-high three blocks for the Mountaineers, who matched UTC with five on the night. Appalachian grabbed 20 points in the paint to UTC’s 42. The Appalachian bench tallied six points on the night, while Chattanooga’s secondary was responsible for 30 of its points. The Lady Mocs’ largest lead reached 26 points with 2:50 left in the game. 

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