TROY, Ala. - Four players scored in double figures including a career-high 19 points from Ashley Bassett-Smith, but it wasn’t enough as Appalachian State University women’s basketball (10-15, 5-9 SBC) fell to Troy, 86-77, on Thursday in Trojan Arena.
Bassett-Smith shot an efficient 8-for-10 from the field and three foul shots for her career night. The senior forward played a pivotal role scoring 11 in the fourth on 5-of-6 shooting. Madi Story notched her fourth double-double with 14 points and a team-high 10 boards. Bria Carter chipped in with 12 points while Q. Murray flirted with a triple-double turning in 12 points, a career-high eight steals and a personal-high seven assists.
Joi Jones scored eight points, and Armani Hampton came off the bench to give App valuable minutes with two points and a personal-high six boards. Amber Driver led the team with a pair of 3-pointers as a reserve.
App forced 23 Troy turnovers into 20 points while scoring 40 of their 77 points in the paint, holding a 40-26 edge over Troy. Despite being outrebounded 47-38, App held the nation’s leading offensive rebounding team to just 11 boards on the offensive end. The Trojans came into the game averaging 20 offensive rebounds per game.
Trailing by as many as 14 late in the third quarter, the App put together a spirited 14-5 run to slice the gap to two, 67-65, with 5:51 left in the game. Story and Bassett-Smith scored while Murray and Amber Driver hit one of two trifectas during the run. Troy responded by pushing the lead back to six but Carter and a layup from Bassett-Smith cut the deficit to a possession once again, 71-68.
Appalachian continued to stay on the Trojans’ tails but couldn’t get over the hump, as Troy pushed a four-point lead to nine in the final 2:12 to clinch the win.
The Mountaineers delivered the first blow to Troy with a 13-6 start in the first 3:12 of the contest. Jones sparked the run with four points to start the game and Bayley Plummer capping off the run thanks to a nifty pass from Murray. Troy came back to tie the game at 16-apiece, but Jones grabbed her own rebound off a missed shot to sink a jumper before the horn sounded to give App an 18-16 lead after the first frame.
Neither team led by more than four points in a nip-and-tuck second quarter. After App had taken a 25-23 edge with 7:09 left in the half, Troy scored the next five points to go out in front 28-25. The Mountaineers tied the contest twice before the hosts went into the break with a 36-32 lead.
After Troy had extended the lead to seven, 41-34, App came back to cut the game to a three-point edge, 45-42, following a layup from Murray. Although Caitlyn Ramirez scored seven-straight points to stretch the Trojan lead to 10., and the Trojans kept App at bay going into the final period with a double-digit lead.
The Mountaineers didn’t give up as they kept clawing back in the frame. Troy hit timely free throws in the final quarter to fend off the Apps, shooting 11-for-14 from the line and 22-of-29 overall. App shot just 15 attempts from the charity stripe and hitting nine of those attempts, leading to a 13-point advantage for Troy.
Appalachian was also outscored, 24-12, from beyond the arc. The 11 offensive rebounds for Troy tied a season low, while the 77 points scored is a season-high allowed by Troy at home in conference play. App State did a superb job moving the ball around, assisting on 20 of its 32 field goals (62.5 percent), as four different student-athletes notched at least three assists.
App will look to split the weekend on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET against South Alabama in Mobile.
- App State lost its first game scoring 70 or more points
- All four double-doubles for Story have come in the last eight games.
- Bassett-Smith has averaged 17 points per game while shooting 15-for-18 in the last two games at Troy.
- App came away with at least 10 steals for the eighth game this season, notching 14 swipes.
- The Mountaineers scored at least 20 points off turnovers for the 11th time this season.
- App scored at least 30 points for the 12th time this season.
- Story is averaging 15 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in the past three contests versus Troy.
- Jones is two assists away from inserting herself into the top 10 in assists in program history.