Women’s basketball slides past the Cougars 63-55

Chelsey Fisher

Appalachian State University battled their way past a confident College of Charleston Friday night as they picked up their fourth win in a row, beating the Cougars 63-55.

The Mountaineers (11-3, 5-1 SoCon) were led by sophomore forward Maryah Sydnor, who matched her second highest score total of the season with 21 points, while teammate Anna Freeman helped with 17 points during the game, according to goasu.com.

Charleston allowed Courtney Freeman to capture her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, according to goasu.com.

Throughout the game, both teams played with a high intensity, which allowed for the score to be tied four different times in the first half.

With 11:44 remaining in the first half, the Cougars were able to shift the game in their favor, as they were able to go on a 9-0 run, pulling ahead by 11 (15-26).

But the Black and Gold refused to allow the College of Charleston to hang on to the lead for long.

Courtney Freeman was able to sink a jumper and the Mountaineers went on a 17-4 run and were able to hang on to a 32-30 lead going into halftime.

In typical Mountaineer style, the offense came out on fire in the second half and controlled the lead until the Cougars’ Jillian Brown put them ahead by one with 5:17 remaining.

Raven Gary was able to help out her teammates when she got a hold of a defensive rebound and shot a quick jumper, reclaiming the lead for ASU, however, Charleston would quickly tie the game up (52-52).

With only three minutes remaining, Anna Freeman sunk a three pointer followed by a Courtney Freeman jumper, while Maryah Sydnor drove the game home with three trips to the line to seal the deal.

Sydnor shot a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line on the night.

The Mountaineers shot just 39.3 percent on the night and turned the ball over 21 times, however, the Cougars’ struggles were worse as they shot 28.6 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from three-point land, according to goasu.com.

Appalachian women’s basketball returns to Boone where they will take on UNC-Greensboro Sunday at 2 p.m.

Story: KAITLYN THRUSTON, Senior Sports Reporter