November 15, 2013

Mountaineers rebound for exhibition win over Bobcats

BOONE, N.C. --- Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) led the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team with 20 points in an exhibition contest at NCAA Division I Appalachian State University on Friday evening, as Appalachian State rallied from a first half deficit with a 23-8 run en route to an 86-57 victory.

Appalachian State shot 53 percent from the floor on the night, including a 61.3 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae to a field goal percentage of 33.9 percent in the contest. The Mountaineers won the battle on the glass by a 51-31 margin, including a 23-17 advantage on the offensive boards, as the Bobcats converted 19 ASU turnovers into 17 points.

De Souza paced the Bobcats with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, as Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) and Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Munson recorded team-highs of six rebounds and two blocks, while Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) tallied four assists and a contest-best three steals. Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) turned in a strong performance as well, posting five rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Maryah Sydnor led the way for Appalachian State with a game-high 29 points, knocking down 13-of-20 attempts from the floor, as Katie Mallow tallied 11 points and five assists. Keke Cooper added a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while recording a contest-best five blocks.

The Bobcats scored the game's first two baskets before the Mountaineers answered with a 9-2 spurt, taking a 9-6 lead following a Sydnor triple at the 14:34 mark. Lees-McRae quickly countered with a 7-0 run, claiming a 13-9 advantage on a three-point play by Lewis with 12:11 left in the half.

Appalachian State responded with a 23-8 surge over the next 10 minutes, opening a 32-21 lead with a Mallow trey at the 2:19 mark. The Mountaineers took a 37-25 advantage into the intermission, closing the period with a 5-0 spurt in the final seconds.

Sydnor and the Mountaineers carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 13-6 run to push the margin to 50-31 with 16:13 to play. The Bobcats kept battling over the next four minutes, trimming the advantage to 55-41 with a 10-5 spurt that was capped by a layup from De Souza.

Appalachian State would finish strong, closing out the game with a 24-14 run over the final 10 minutes, equaling the decisive margin on a late layup by Cooper.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday, November 19 when the Bobcats host Young Harris College in non-conference play at 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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