ASHEVILLE, N.C. – No. 4 seed Appalachian State finished the game on a 15-4 run to separate itself from No. 5 seed College of Charleston in a tightly contested quarterfinal affair at the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championship, eliminating the Cougars 74-60 at Kimmel Arena on Saturday.
With the win, the Mountaineers (20-9) advance to Sunday's semifinal round. There, Appalachian State will take on top-seeded Chattanooga (27-3), a 78-53 winner over No. 8 seed Georgia Southern earlier Saturday. The Mountaineers and Lady Mocs will square off at noon at U.S. Cellular Center in a contest that will be broadcast on ESPN3.
College of Charleston saw its season end at 15-15.
Anna Freeman scored a game-high 21 points to pace four Appalachian State starters in double figures, adding 10 rebounds for the game's lone double-double. Maryah Sydnor had 17 points, Raven Gary 14 and Courtney Freeman 11.
College of Charleston was led by Alyssa Frye's 12 points. Latisha Harris joined her in double figures with 11, while Jill Brown had six points and a game-high eight assists.
Appalachian State led for the majority of the contest but couldn't put the Cougars away until late. A Jazz Green jumper pulled the Cougars to within three at 59-56 with 6:41 to play, but it was all Mountaineers from the point on.
Gary's steal and transition jumper started Appalachian State's game-ending run, and Anna Freeman scored four of the Mountaineer's next five points to cap a 7-0 spurt and put their lead into double figures for the first time on the afternoon at 66-56 with 2:57 left.
Four straight points from Cathryn Hardy got the Cougars back within six points, but a Bria Huffman jumper halted CofC's comeback bid. Sydnor hit four straight free throws in the final minute to put the lead back into double digits and Anna Freeman iced the contest with a pair of her own with 13 seconds left for the final margin.
Appalachian State shot 49 percent from the floor, converting 24 of its 49 field goal attempts. The Cougars kept the game close despite a cold shooting performance, as CofC was 22-for-77 from the floor (28.6 percent).
The Mountaineers got a big boost from the free throw line, where they converted 23 of their 26 chances (88.5 percent).
The win put Appalachian State into the semifinals for the fourth straight season. College of Charleston returned to the quarterfinal round after first-round exits in each of the previous two years.