Women's Basketball Downs ASU, 74-69

Saturday, February 14, 2004

BOONE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2004) Despite turning in its best shooting output versus a Southern Conference foe this season, Appalachian State University women's basketball could not overcome 21 turnovers in a 74-69 loss to East Tennessee State Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center. Appalachian (5-18, 4-12 SoCon) shot 50 percent (28-for-56) from the field on the afternoon. However, ASU's 21 miscues led to 19 ETSU points, as the Lady Bucs outscored the Mountaineers 19-8 off turnovers. ETSU also outrebounded Appalachian 12-5 on the offensive glass, which led to the Lady Bucs taking 65 shots, the second-most allowed by ASU this season. The contest began as a back-and-forth affair, as the two teams traded the lead eight times and were tied on seven occasions before Appalachian took a 39-37 lead in to the locker room. The Mountaineers shot a lofty 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the stanza, including a 50-percent (5-of-10) showing from three-point range, but East Tennessee kept the game close by making four three-pointers of its own on nine attempts. After a Lindsay Smith three-pointer extended the Mountaineer lead to 47-40 just over four minutes into the second period, ETSU went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the half with 14:21 to go. From there, the lead changed hands nine more times before a 12-2 run gave the Bucs an insurmountable 72-64 with just 1:19 remaining. Junior Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) poured in a game-high 22 points to help lead East Tennessee to its fourth-straight road win, its longest winning streak away from Johnson City since the 1990-91 season. Kiya Verdell (Hartwell, Ga.) and Brooke Wilhoit (Sevierville, Ala.) chipped in with 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Lady Bucs. On the other end of the floor, freshman Crystal Barriner led three Mountaineers in double-figures with 16 points on the afternoon. Kiki Conyers added 14 points while Smith drained four three-pointers for the second-straight game to finish with 12 points. Smith also led ASU with five assists while freshman Danielle Edwards led all rebounders with a career-high 11 boards. The Buccaneers will have a week off before traveling to UNC Greensboro for a 3 p.m. contest next Saturday.
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