WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Appalachian State used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to regain the lead and held off a late UNCW spurt to record a 54-47 victory in collegiate women’s basketball action on Tuesday at Trask Coliseum.

The Mountaineers improved to 3-8 on the season while the Seahawks moved to 1-12 overall as they suffered their ninth straight setback.

Sophomore Keke Cooper tallied 14 points and junior Katie Mallow added 13 to power an Appalachian State attack that shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) for the contest. Junior Maryah Sydnor, who came into the contest averaging a team-high 21.1 points per contest, joined the duo in double figures as she was limited to a season-low 10 points. Cooper pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Sydnor and freshman Mia Marshall added seven each as the Mountaineers enjoyed a 43-26 margin on the glass.

Junior Kelva Atkins tallied 18 points to pace UNCW, who shot 35.7 percent (20-of-56) for the contest, highlighted by a 46.4 percent (13-of-28) effort in the second half. Atkins was the only player to reach double figures as freshman Naqaiyyah Teague and Brie Mobley tallied eight points each.

Moments after a layup by freshman D’Asia Cain at the 8:31 mark gave UNCW a 38-36 advantage, a pair of 3-pointers from Mallow sandwiched around a layup by Cooper sent ASU on a 14-2 run that gave the Mountaineers a 50-40 lead with 5:12 remaining.

The Seahawks attempted one last push, using a 3-pointer from Atkins and back-to-back layups from Mobley and freshman Ryan Flowers to pull within three, 50-47, with just over two minutes remaining, but a layup by Cooper and a pair of free throws from sophomore Farrah Wood in the final 10 seconds gave the Mountaineers the seven-point victory.

In the first half, Appalachian State went inside early as it opened the contest on a 13-4 run, knocking down five of its six field goal attempts from inside the paint to build a quick nine-point advantage.

A trio of layups by Atkins brought the Mountaineers’ opening run to a close and ignited an 11-0 spurt that lasted 5:19 and gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game, 15-13. The Seahawks turned up defensive pressure during the spurt, forcing Appalachian State into 11 turnovers and eight missed field goals in that span.  

Appalachian State answered the Seahawks’ spurt, scoring the final 11 points of the frame to take a 24-15 lead into intermission.

ASU would expand its lead to as many as 12 early in the second half before a layup by Atkins at the 12:16 mark started a 16-2 stretch that gave the Seahawks a 38-36 edge and set up the Mountaineers late-game spurt.

UNCW returns to action Friday as it closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a Noon contest at Charlotte. ASU is back on the floor Jan. 4 with a 1 p.m. contest at Furman. 

GAME NOTES:

  • Tuesday’s contest served as the seventh meeting between UNCW and Appalachian State. The Mountaineers picked up their sixth straight victory in the series as they improved to 6-1 against the Seahawks.
  • The two teams combined for 53 turnovers during the contest as Appalachian State committed 32 and UNCW was charged with 21.
  • Both teams shot below 70 percent from the free-throw line as Appalachian State was 9-of-13 (.692) and UNCW was 6-of-10 (.600).
  • The Seahawks recorded double figure steals for the sixth time this season as they matched their season high with 15 steals. The 15 thefts matched their effort against Campbell on Nov. 19.
  • The two teams combined to score 64 points in the paint with UNCW holding a slim 34-30 advantage in that category.
  • UNCW tallied 16 of the 18 fast-break points scored in the contest, highlighted by a 10-2 margin in the second half.
  • The Seahawks matched their season low for 3-point field goals made as they were 1-of-16 from beyond the arc.
  • Appalachian State was the 11th opponent to shoot above 40 percent from the floor against the Seahawks this season.  
  • UNCW was held below 50 points for the third time this season and the third time in the five games.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

1 – Naqaiyyah Teague

  • Led team in rebounding for the fifth time this season.

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Reached double figures in scoring for the 13th time this season and the 19th consecutive game dating back to the end of last season. Also reached double digits in points for the 29th time in her career.
  • Led team in scoring for the 11th time this season and the 25th time in her career.
  • Matched her career high with five steals, equaling mark set on three previous occasions.