BOONE, North Carolina – Senior guard Katie Mallow (Brookwood H.S./Snellville, Ga.) scored 23 of her career-high 25 points in the second half as Appalachian State University (2-1) overcame a two-point halftime deficit to earn its second straight win, an 82-72 non-conference victory over UNCW (2-1) at the Holmes Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.
After being held to just two points in the opening half, Mallow made 8 of 11 shots from the floor after the intermission as the Mountaineers overcame a halftime deficit to win for the second game in a row.
In a back-and-forth first half that featured 11 ties and 8 lead changes, the Seahawks used a 9-3 spurt late in the opening stanza to take a 39-33 lead on a three-point field goal from sophomore forward Jordan Henry (Marvin Ridge H.S./Waxhaw, N.C.) with 3:11 left.
Appalachian State scored 8 of the final 12 points to trim the margin to 43-41 at the intermission.
Led by 10 points from Mallow, the Mountaineers opened the second half by scoring 14 of the first 18 points to take a 55-47 lead with 15:05 remaining in regulation. After Appalachian State extended the advantage to 58-49, the Seahawks answered by going on a 10-1 run to even the score at 59-59 on a lay-up by sophomore guard Naqaiyyah Teague (Malcolm X. Shabazz H.S./Newark, N.J.) with 10:23 left.
However, the Mountaineers scored 10 straight points, including a pair of three-point field goals from Mallow, to regain a 69-59 advantage they did not relinquish.
Mallow, who posted 20 or more points for the second straight game, made 9 of 15 shots from the floor, including a 5-for-9 effort from three-point range, along with both of her free throw attempts as the Mountaineers shot 50.8 percent from the field.
Senior guard Maryah Sydnor (Radford H.S./Radford, Va.) added 19 points with eight rebounds while freshman guard Madi Story (Bandy's H.S./Maiden, N.C.) came off the bench to score 12 points by making five of seven field goal attempts, including a pair of three-point field goals.
Senior guard Kelva Atkins (Granville Central H.S./Stem, N.C.) led the Seahawks with 16 points and seven rebounds while Teague contributed 13 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Henry added a season-high 11 points with four rebounds.
The Seahawks, who were playing their first road game of the season, will open a six-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 28 when they host North Florida as part of the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic.