BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State Universit women's basketball (7-7, 2-1 SBC) will look for its third-straight win against Little Rock (9-6, 3-0 SBC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
About the Mountaineers
Last Time Out
Appalachian is coming off an impressive 76-50 triumph over Arkansas State on Thursday. Bria Carter led five student-athletes in double figures with a career-high 20 points while Bayley Plummer and Brooklyn Allen both scored a career-high 10 points with Plummer bringing down 11 boards for her first double-double, while Allen notched personal bests in rebounds (5) and assists (4). Appalachian scored season highs in second-chance points (29), points off turnovers (29) and points in the paint (54).
What to Watch for
• The Mountaineers held the Red Wolves' top two leading scorers to below their season averages, as Jada Ford and Dominique Oliver shot just 3-of-14 combined from the field, 13 points, and committed eight turnovers. See if the App State defense can do the same against LR's leading scorers, Kaitlyn Pratt (13.5 ppg) and Sharde' Collins (12.7 ppg), in check on Saturday.
• Appalachian is playing one of the slowest teams in the Sun Belt when it comes to tempo (65.0 pace). Anticipate on an Appalachian team that recorded 79 possessions against A-State pushing the tempo against the Trojans.
• App State is 5-0 when scoring 20 or more points off turnovers more than 30 points in the paint. Appalachian boasted season highs in both on Thursday against Arkansas State, scoring 29 points off of the Red Wolves' miscues and 54 points in the box. Expect the Apps to create some offense of their defense for easy buckets.
• Madi Story averaged 13 points per game last season against Little Rock while shooting 85.7 percent from the line. See if the junior guard can do the same against the Trojans.
• Over the four meetings, the LR defense has gotten the best of App forcing an average of 19.5 turnovers per game while only committing 12.3. See if the Black and Gold can protect the ball while forcing LR to make some mistakes this time around.
Sun Belt Leaders
Carter leads the team in scoring over conference play averaging 13.0 ppg while shooting 68.2 percent, which is tied for second in the league. Plummer ranks fifth in field goal percentage at 62.5 percent and ninth in rebounds (7.7 rpg), while Ashley Bassett-Smith is tied for seventh in field goal percentage (54.5%). Bassett-Smith also is second in swats at 2.7 bpg after sending away a season-high five shots against A-State.
Scouting Little Rock (9-6, 3-0 SBC)
• Little Rock comes into the game with a 9-6 mark and 3-0 in the conference play after dispatching Coastal Carolina, 74-66.
• Kaitlyn Pratt scored 24 points to lead three players in double figures, while Kryra Collins notched 11 boards with nine points.
• The Trojans are led by 14th-year head coach Joe Foley.
• LR returned nine letterwinners and three starters from last season’s WNIT squad.
• Pratt leads the team in scoring at 13.5 ppg while Sharde’ Collins is averaging 12.7 ppg.
• Pratt also leads the team in rebounding at 7.1 rpg.
• Monique Townson is averaging a team-best 4.2 apg.
• LR ranks first in scoring defense allowing opponents to score just 54.5 ppg while shooting a Sun Belt-best 76.5 percent from the free throw line.
• The Trojans are one of four teams in the Sun Belt that went to the postseason and the 10th team App State will play that went to the postseason.
• App State is 0-4 all-time against Little Rock, as the Trojans are one of two teams (UTA) that the Apps have yet to beat in the Sun Belt.
• In the most previous outing, Appalachian almost upset the then-second place Trojans despite facing an early deficit, but LR would prevail by just five, 72-67. Story paced the team with 14 points while three other Mountaineers scored in double figures.
The Apps will have six days off before traveling to Coastal Carolina for the only game of the week against the newest member of the Sun Belt. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in Conway, S.C.