CHICAGO, Ill. – Evelyn Adebayo posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Tierra Huntsman added 22 points, yet the Runnin' Bulldogs fell to Appalachian State by a score of 72-67 Saturday evening at the 2016 Maggie Dixon Classic hosted by DePaul University.
Appalachian State (1-1) shot 36.4 percent from the floor, outscoring Gardner-Webb (0-2) 27-16 on points off turnovers, as the Runnin' Bulldogs committed ten more turnovers, 28-18, than the Mountaineers. GWU shot 37.0 percent from the floor and was 3-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.
Huntsman led all scorers with 22 points on a 6-of-16 performance, including going 3-for-4 from downtown. Adebayo added 13 points and led everyone with 13 rebounds. Ky'Asia Stanford also scored 13 points for GWU on a 5-for-9 performance.
Appalachian State was led in scoring by Joi Jones, who went 5-for-16 from the floor. The leading rebounder for the Mountaineers was Madi Story who pulled down seven boards.
The Runnin' Bulldogs opened the first period with a 5-2 run, capped by a layup by Adebayo with 6:02 remaining. The London, England native was fouled on the play, in which she converted the free throw. The two teams would trade the lead five times throughout the remainder of the opening period, with Appalachian State taking a 14-12 lead at the end of the period after a jumper by Ashley Bassett-Smith.
GWU would tie the contest at 16-16 with 7:00 to go in the second period after a pair of free throws by Huntsman, yet the Mountaineers would extend their lead to five points at halftime, 30-25.
Appalachian State would push its lead to as high as 10 points, but the Runnin' Bulldogs would trim the deficit back to five points, 45-40, at the end of the third period, coming from a layup from Adebayo and a three-pointer from Huntsman in the final 22 seconds of the frame.
The Runnin' Bulldogs would continue to try and claw their way back into the lead, pulling within two points at 63-61 after another trey from Huntsman with 1:53 to go in the fourth period, but the Mountaineers would push the margin back to five points, 66-61, with 1:07 remaining after a jumper from Jones, and would hold on to win by that margin, 72-67.
Gardner-Webb will next be in action on Monday morning, hosting Montreat at 11:00 am, as the Runnin' Bulldogs host several local elementary school students for an Education Day game. Live video of the game can be found on the Big South Network (www.bigsouthsports.com).