CHARLESTON, S.C. - Appalachian State University women’s basketball fought past a pesky College of Charleston squad to a 63-55 victory at TD Arena in Charleston on Friday night.
Sydnor matched her second highest game of the season with 21 points against the Cougars, while Anna Freeman added 17 for the Mountaineers.
In a game that saw the first-half score knotted four times, the Mountaineers came out ahead. A pair of Megan Fischer free-throws would square up the score at 15 with 11:44 remaining in the half, and shift the momentum to College of Charleston, who ensued on a 9-0 run and pulled ahead by 11 (15-26). A jumper from Courtney Freeman at the 5:05 mark would pull things back into perspective for the Mountaineers, who unleashed on a 17-4 run to enter halftime with a two point lead (32-30).
The Mountaineer offense persisted through the second half, controlling the lead until the 5:17 mark when a Jillian Borwn free-throw edged the Cougars by one and allowed Charleston a quick glimpse of the lead. Raven Gary responded with a defensive rebound and a quick jumper to reclaim the upper-hand (52-51), but Charleston’s Latisha Harris managed to knot the score with a free-throw shot (52-52). Anna Freeman quickly dissolved a possible Cougar-comeback when she drained a three with 3:02 remaining (55-52). Courtney Freeman’s jumper at the 2:18 mark made it a two-possession game for App (57-52), while Maryah Sydnor sealed the win with three trips to the line (66-53).
The Apps shot just 39.3 percent on the night, but grabbed 45 rebounds against the Cougars. The win marks Appalachian’s eighth-straight victory against College of Charleston.
Appalachian returns home to welcome UNCG Sunday at 2 p.m. before heading back on the road against Chattanooga and Samford on January 26 and 28, respectively.
Game Notes: Courtney Freeman earned her second double-double of the season, with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Anna Freeman poured in 17 points and shot 4-4 from the line. Maryah Sydnor knocked down 21 for the Mountaineers, and shot a perfect 8-8 at the charity stripe.