- Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-6, 1-1 SBC) makes the trek to the Lonestar Star State this weekend. The Mountaineers will start the swing against UT Arlington (9-4, 1-1 SBC) on
Thursday in College Park Center at 8 p.m. (ET).
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About the Mountaineers
Last Time Out
Appalachian is coming off an 83-72 setback to Troy on Saturday. Twenty turnovers that led to 20 points while missing 12 free throws played a pivotal role in App's setback. However, Appalachian was within striking distance in the fourth quarter when Brooke Bigott
scored a bucket followed by a Pre Stanley
jumper that cut the deficit to four, 60-56. But Troy put together a 9-3 run to put the game away. Stanley turned in a solid performance with a game and season-high 23 points and nine rebounds. Lainey Gosnell
notched 15 points on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting. Bayley Plummer
posted a game-best 13 rebounds while Ashley Polacek
dished out a contest-high nine assists.
What to Watch For
- Since the second of the South Alabama game, Lainey Gosnell
is shooting 12-for-21 from the field for 33 points. Over the first two conference games, the sophomore is averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and shooting 46.2 percent from the field. See if Gosnell can take her solid production on the road.
- Over the past four games, Stanley is averaging 17 points and 7.0 rebounds. During Sun Belt action, the Rockledge, Fla., native is turning in 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds. Watch if the sophomore can sustain her upped play.
- In nine of UTA's wins, it has done a solid job of forcing opponents over at a clip of 22.2 per game. In four losses, opponents are turning the ball over just 16.8 times. See if the Apps can protect the ball against a Mavericks squad that is 40th in the country in turnovers forced.
- Appalachian is shooting 74 percent in its seven wins from the line and just 54.4 percent in six losses. See if the Black and Gold can execute from the charity stripe.
- The Mountaineers allowed 16 second-chance points against the Trojans on Sunday. App is giving up 13.5 second-chance points to foes in setbacks and just 7.8 in wins. Watch if Appalachian can limit UTA to one shot on the defensive end.
Coming Back from a Loss
Appalachian is 4-1 this season after coming off a loss having won the last four games. The Mountaineers haven't lost back-to-back contests since the beginning of the season to UAB and Georgia Tech. App is averaging 73.2 points per game, posting a plus-11.6 rebounding margin and shooting 76.2 percent from the charity stripe. Three players in Stanley (15.2 ppg), Madi Story
(12.4 ppg) and Gosnell (12.2 ppg) are averaging double figures, while Plummer is averaging 7.8 points and 14.0 rebounds in the four victories.
Scouting UT Arlington
- The Mavericks stand at 9-4 and 1-1 in league play after the first weekend of Sun Belt competition.
- UTA fell to Georgia State in a close affair, 50-48, before downing Georgia Southern on Saturday.
- Cierra Johnson leads the team in scoring at 13.1 ppg, while Terryn Milton is second with 10.0.
- Katie Ferrell is pulling down an average of 7.1 rpg and leading the way in assists per game at 4.7, which is third in the Sun Belt.
- UTA is fourth in points per game at 71.3 in the league.
- The Mavs are second in Sun Belt play in points per game allowed at 51.5.
- UTA is also first in field goal percentage shooting 45.3 percent overall and 50.0 percent shooting in league competition.
- The Mavericks are one of two teams in the conference to rank both in the top three in offensive points per possession (.972-3rd) and defensive points per possession (.785 - 2nd).
- Appalachian is 0-8 all-time against UTA.
- The Mavericks are one of two teams (Little Rock) the Apps have yet to beat.
- Last season, both contests were decided by five points or less, while App had a fourth-quarter advantage in both games.
- App will close the weekend out against Texas State on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET).