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Nicola Matthews (left) and Anna Perez Gomez (right) will look to fill needs in the backcourt for App.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Women's Basketball Signs Two More for 2017-18
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Monday 05/01/2017 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. - Continuing to build the 2017-18 signing class, Appalachian State University women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin signed two more student-athletes, giving the class six athletes thus far for next season. 

The Mountaineers will bring in a pair of international transfers, which is the first time coach Elderkin has signed international players. Anna Perez Gomez is from Spain and will arrive to the High Country after a pair of seasons at Eastern Wyoming, and Nicola Matthews is from Australia. She'll transfer to App after a season at College of Central Florida. 

“We are really excited to add our first international players to our roster at Appalachian State," said Elderkin. "After the season, we addressed the needs within our backcourt, and both Anna (Perez Gomez) and Nicola (Matthews) fit those needs.  I couldn't be more excited about the IQ, work ethic and skill set that they will bring to our program.”

Anna Perez Gomez | 5'10 | Guard | Canet de Mar, Spain | Eastern Wyoming Junior College
One of two international recruits to sign with the Mountaineers, Gomez played two seasons at Eastern Wyoming College where she developed her game. She is capable of creating her own shot and is efficient in scoring the ball while improving her 3-point game in two seasons. In 2016-17, she ranked third in Region 9 and second in the South Conference in scoring averaging 14.5 points per game. She also led the conference shooting an impressive 52.6 percent from the floor while posting a 37 percent shooting clip from outside the arc, a vast improvement from the nine percent she shot from 3-point land in her freshman season. Gomez contributed to a 20-11 season and an appearance in the conference championship. She was named all-region her sophomore season and was voted by her teammates as the Most Valuable Player. In her first season at Eastern Wyoming, Gomez put in 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest. Prior to Eastern Wyoming, Gomez played her high school ball for CB Arenys in Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, which is the premiere league in Spain. She qualified for fourth in the regional championships in 2013-14 while posting a 19-5 mark with Interterritorial  and finished runner-up in the sectional championship. Born on March 13, 1997, Gomez is the daughter of David and Angels. She has two siblings. Gomez will major in interdisciplinary studies at App. Her hobbies include traveling, hanging out with friends, reading and dancing. 

Elderkin on Gomez
“We are really excited to add Anna Perez Gomez to our program.  She is a guard that can score off the bounce and from beyond the arc.  Her IQ and work ethic will add depth to our backcourt.”

Nicola Matthews | 5'8 | Guard | Adelaide, Australia | College of Central Florida
Playing one season at College of Central Florida, Matthews didn't disappoint where she was second on the team in scoring averaging 11.9 points per game, led the way shooting an impressive 87 percent from the free throw line and finished second shooting 43.3 percent from the floor. The Australian was also second on the team averaging four assists per contest. Matthews scored in double figures in 18 contests including 12 of the last 13 games. During conference play, she elevated her play turning in 15.7 points and 4.8 assists per game. She scored a career-high 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field while dishing out a personal-best 11 assists in another game. Prior to her one-year stint in Florida, Matthews played every year on the varsity team from Year 8-12 at Cabra Dominican College, while helping the team finishing runner-up in 2014. In 2013 and 2015, Matthews and her squad competed in the Australian National High School Championships, where she made a splash in both tournaments. In 2013, she finished 11th in scoring during the tournament scoring 14.3 points per game, first in free throw percentage at 82.4 percent when attempting at least 15 free throws. During the 2015 championships, Matthews ranked fourth in points per game at 23.0, first in free throw percentage shooting 85 percent, fifth in 3-pointers made and shooting 34 percent. In addition, she recorded 16 steals, which was the second most. Matthews played club ball with the Sturt Sabres Basketball Club where she was named the 2013 (U16) and 2014 (U18) Division I Most Valuable Player. She was also awarded the Neil Gliddon Trophy for the club player with the most potential. She led the Sabres to a South Australia District Basketball Conference Championship in three straight seasons (2013-15), and a South Australian State Tournament Championship in both 2013 (U16) and 2015 (U18). Born on April 8, 1998, Matthews is the daughter of Dean and Margaret Matthews. She has one sister, Kayla, and one brother, Liam.

Elderkin on Matthews
“Nicola is a smart point guard who understands how to play in an uptempo system.  Her ability to create for teammates and score from behind the arc is a great addition to our team.”



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