Women’s basketball pulls out a close win in first double overtime since 2003

Chelsey Fisher

The women’s basketball team seemed to have the magic touch as they battled their way to a win in a double-overtime match against Wofford Jan. 14. in the Black and Gold’s first double overtime game since 2003, when they ended up on top over Wofford, 68-65.

From the beginning, the game was physical and both teams were able to quickly put points on the board. Appalachian (10-3, 4-1 SoCon) scored four points early but the Terriers (5-9, 0-6 SoCon) were able to come back and take the 6-4 lead.

The Mountaineers were shooting steady as they made a run to 20 points in the first half until Wofford’s Daniella Motley was able to put two points on the board and end the Black and Gold’s run.

In the final four minutes of the half, the game’s intensity spiked as both teams repeatedly made three-pointers, ending the first half in a tie (26-26).


The games excitement continued in the second half as Appalachian started the half with another four-point lead. The games physical action led to Raven Gary fouling out, however, she was able to put her team up (46-44) before leaving the game.

With less than four minutes left to play Courtney Freeman would tie the game at 56-56 before teammate Maryah Sydnor scored with six seconds left on the clock, hoping to end the game with a win, now up two.

However, the Mountaineers would have to keep battling as Wofford tied the game with one second remaining, sending the game to overtime.

Most of Appalachian’s points in overtime came from the charity stripe, giving the Mountaineers a 66-62 edge. The final score would come after a Terrier foul gave Anna Freeman the opportunity to shoot for two, winning the game 68-65.

Three Mountaineers finished in the double digits, led by Maryah Sydnor with 23 points, followed by Katie Mallow (14) and Courtney Freeman (12).

Appalachian shot 40.4 percent (23-57) from the floor including 18-20 from the free throw line, according to goasu.com.

The Black and Gold return to action Friday, Jan. 19 when they take on the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Story: KAITLYN THRUSTON, Senior Sports Reporter