The Mountaineers (9-2) jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead to close out the calendar year with a win for the third-consecutive season while the Lancers (2-13) dropped their seventh-straight game.
Freeman opened the scoring for Appalachian by draining three-straight three pointers in the first seven minutes of the game to jump-start ASU’s offense, which outscored Longwood 37-17 in the first half.
Appalachian State never led by less than 10 points for the final 16 minutes of the first half of play and Freeman extended the lead to 28-10 with a layup at the 7:33 mark to put her over 1,000 career points.
The Mountaineer defense held the Lancers to just seven first-half field goals while ASU connected on 43.2 percent (16-for-37) of its shots in the first half, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Longwood fared much better in the game’s second half, putting up 37 points to Appalachian’s 27 while holding the Mountaineers to just 28.1 percent (9-for-32) from the floor.
Despite a solid defensive effort from the Lancers and a cold- shooting second half, ASU led by double-digits for nearly the entire contest, though Longwood was able to cut the deficit to seven points (57-50) with just over two minutes left to play.
Freeman and Canesha Edwards combined to score the next three points to push Appalachian’s lead back to 10 points (60-50) with 1:38 left on the clock.
The Lancers would make one final push, cutting the lead to single-digits (60-52) with 1:21 remaining, but the Mountaineers hung out for the win.
As a squad, Appalachian State shot 36.2 percent (25-for-69) from the floor including 33.3 percent (4-for-12) from beyond the arc and 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from the charity stripe.
Freeman led the Mountaineers with 18 points while Kelsey Sharkey notched a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Edwards and Courtney Freeman each notched 10 points.
Longwood shot 38.3 percent(18-for-47) from the field, 25.0 percent (3-for-12) from downtown and 75.0 percent (15-for-20) from the free-throw line.
The Lancers were paced by Crytsal Smith’s game-high 20 points while Brittanni Billups chipped in with 14.
Appalachian State pulled down 48 rebounds to Longwood’s 30 and committed 19 turnovers while forcing 23. The Mountaineers finished with a 26-8 edge in offensive rebounds and 14-6 edge in assists.
The Apps return to action when they travel to Southern Conference rival Elon for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday, Jan. 7 before taking on UNCG at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9.
GAME NOTES: Appalachian State forced 10 or more turnovers for the 78th-straight game... the Apps improved to 47-11 when A. Freeman has 10 or more points... Canesha Edwards picked up the start, her first since a Feb. 1, 2010 contest at Furman... Appalachian State improved to 6-0 all-time against Longwood... ASU’s win marked the third-straight year that the Mountaineers have won their final game of the calendar year... Appalachian State improved to 26-7 in its last 33 home games.
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