Stanley scores 28 in App State win

Appalachian State guard Pre Stanley drives to the basket between Marshall defenders Kia Sivils (left) and Shayna Gore.

BOONE — Appalachian State women’s basketball guard Pre Stanley took care of making sure the ball went to the basket in the Mountaineers WBI game against Marshall on March 25.

Mountaineers’ center Bayley Plummer made sure the Mountaineers had plenty of chances to shoot the ball by dominating the boards, especially defensively.

Put the two together and they added up to a 83-71 App State win in front of a revved-up Holmes Center crowd of 937 fans, which was a season high for a team that went into the game averaging 434 fans in 14 home games.

Appalachian State (20-14) hosts Campbell (23-12) at 7 p.m. March 30. Campbell beat Tennessee Tech 70-62 on March 25 and won beat Coastal Carolina 58-54 in the first round March 21.

Stanley scored a career-high 28 points by making 10-of-15 shots from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul lie. Stanley also dished out two assists against one turnover, which grabbed three steals.

“She’s playing with a vision,” App State coach Angel Elderkin said. “There’s something that she wants and she’s not letting get anything get in her way.”

Stanley, who converted 8-of-10 of her shots in the second half, got several of her points driving to the basket against Marshall’s defense.

“They left a lot open for me to be able to attack,” Stanley said. “I just took advantage of it.”

Plummer, a junior, was equally effective on the boards, especially defensively. She finished with 21 rebounds, 15 of them on the offensive end. She moved into fourth place on the App State all-time rebounding list with 934, passing Shannon Thomas, who grabbed 929 boards from 1988-92.

Plummer also finished with 11 points. She has dominated Marshall (17-15) recently by grabbing 18 rebounds against Marshall last season and grabbing 21 in the Mountaineers’ 74-52 win over the Thundering Herd Nov. 25 at the Holmes Center.

“I don’t know if it’s Marshall or what, but we need to play Marshall more often,” Plummer joked. “They do shoot a lot and it leaves a lot of opportunities for rebounding.”

Stanley led App State in scoring, but was one of five Mountaineers — all starters — to reach double figures. Lainey Gosnell finished with 15 points and both Ashley Polacek and Madi Story finished with 13 points. Story nearly had a double-double by pulling down eight rebounds.

Each of App State’s starters played at least 35 minutes in the game. For Story, a fifth-year senior, it’s a chance to play 40 more minutes when Campbell invades the Holmes Center.

“It’s really cool,” Story said. “It’s not anything I expected. I feel we’re really fortunate that we get to keep playing in the postseason here in our gym.”

Marshall’s starters provided the bulk of the Herd’s points. Guard Shayna Gore, who went into the game averaging 20.2 points per game this season, finished with 17 against App State. Marshall’s bench outscored App State’s 5-3.

App State also helped itself by committing just six turnovers compared to eight miscues by Marshall. The Mountaineers outscored Marshall 17-7 in points off turnovers and 15-9 in second-chance points.

“Credit Appalachian State,” Marshall coach Tony Kemper said. “It was tough. It was probably a little tighter than the final score.”

Plummer was most effective in the second quarter when she pulled down nine rebounds — six of them defensive. During one stretch, the Marshall failed to score from the field, and a Plummer rebound kept the Herd from getting a second shot at the basket.

Appalachian State led 22-17 after the first quarter and took a 36-23 lead into halftime. A Stanley old-fashioned three-point play put the Mountaineers in front 39-25, but Marshall fought back and pulled to within 47-41 before a Story buzzer-beater gave the Mountaineers a 53-46 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Marshall rallied to close to 55-54, but App State regrouped and went in front 65-54. Next, it was Marshall that would close to within 69-66, but it would be a close as the Herd would get as App State closed out the game with a 14-5 run.

“Right now, our team is playing with a purpose that is greater than any adversity,” Elderkin said. “Marshall was hitting shot after shot and the group that we had never wavered. They expected to win the game.”

Appalachian State 83, Marshall 71

Marshall 71 (17-15)

Pearson 4-12 3-4 11, Brooks 6-12 0-0 15, Porter 5-10 0-2 13, Gore 7-22 3-3 17, Mayo 4-8 0-0 10, Sivils 0-0 0-0 0, Vucetic 0-0 0-0 0, Clemons 1-2 0-0 3, Toney 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-67.

Appalachian State 83 (20-14)

Gosnell 5-10 2-2 15, Plummer 5-10 1-1 11, Stanley 10-15 7-8 28, Polacek 4-15 3-4 13, Story 5-14 2-2 13, Calder 0-4 0-0 0, Wilson 1-4 0-0 3, Mathews 0-1 0-0 0, Hampton 0-0 0-0 0, Bigott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-73 15-17 83.

Marshall 17 6 23 25 — 71

App State 22 14 17 30 —83

3-point goals—Marshall 9-26 (Porter 3-5, Brooks 3-7, Mayo 2-4, Clemons 1-2, Pearson 0-4, Gore 0-4), App State 8-22 (Gosnell 3-7, Polacek 2-6, Story 1-2, Stanley 1-3, Wilson 1-4). Rebounds—Marshall 35 (Pearson, Porter 6), App State 49 (Plummer 21). Assists—Marshall 9 (Gore 3), App State 9 (Story 3). Turnovers—Marshall 8, App State 6. Total fouls—Marshall 18, App State 11. Fouled out—Marshall, Mayo. Technical fouls—None. Att.—937.

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