BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women's basketball gained a victory on Saturday, beating Davidson with a final score of 74-66.
Led by Maryah Sydnor's 36 points and 15 rebounds, the Mountaineers (7-11, 4-4 SoCon) got the win over the number two ranked team in the Southern Conference, Davidson (9-10, 6-2), battling until the very end of the game.
Appalachian would begin the game strong, scoring twice in the first 20 seconds to lead 4-0. The Wildcats quickly regained composure and showed their talent from behind the arc, tying the game 6-6 with a three-pointer.
From there it would be a fight as Appalachian pulled ahead by two, but the Wildcats stayed with them, never falling behind by more than five until the 10:36 mark. A three-pointer from Sydnor would lengthen the Mountaineers' lead to 25-19.
The Apps began to gain control of the half, pulling ahead by ten points with four minutes to go. Appalachian led at halftime 36-29.
Sydnor led the team in the first half, already notching a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds. KeKe Cooper followed with seven rebounds.
The Mountaineers shot 38.1 percent (16-42) in the first half, while Davidson shot 35.7 (10-28) from the floor. Dakota Dukes led the Wildcats with 12 points in the first half of the game.
Davidson would score the first two points of the second half, but Appalachian responded with a jumper from Bria Huffman and layup from Sydnor. The Apps would look to have the game under control, but the Wildcats would suddenly go on a 9-2 run to pull within three points with 15:30 left to play.
Appalachian began to find points, pulling ahead by 11 after a three-pointer from Sydnor at the 9:13 minute mark. The game would not be over though, as Davidson began to climb back, going on a 12-0 run to find the lead and make the score 55-54 with 6:10 left to play. Katie Mallow ended Appalachian's drought, hitting a huge shot from behind the arc to put them back in the lead.
The Mountaineers would score again immediately afterwards and refuse to give up the lead for the rest of the game. Despite the Wildcats only trailing by one point with 2:56 left to play, the Apps would connect for 13 points in the last 2:30 of the game to make the final score 74-66.
Sydnor finshed the game with her ninth double-double of the season and a new career-high of 36 points, while pulling down 15 rebounds. Huffman scored in double-figures for the fifth straight game, recording 10 points.
Mallow came up big for App State at the end of the game, finishing with eight points and seven assists. The Mountaineers shot 41.5 percent in the game, while grabbing 46 rebounds and turning the ball over 19 times.
Davidson was led by Dukes' 23 points and nine rebounds, followed by Laura Murray's 13 points and Hannah Early's 12 points. The Wildcats shot 36.5 percent from the floor, grabbed 29 rebounds and recorded 15 turnovers.
With the win, Appalachian improves to 4-4 in the conference while also giving Davidson just their second SoCon loss this season.
The Mountaineers return to action on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. when they play Georgia Southern in the Holmes Center.
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