BOONE, NC Feb. 20, 2013 – Senior Cathryn Hardy led the College of Charleston women’s basketball team with 17 points, including 12 in the second half, but the Cougars fell on the road at Appalachian State, 74-65 on Wednesday.
Junior Afreyea Tolbert scored in double-figures for her seventh straight game with 15 points and junior Alyssa Frye scored in double-digits for her 10th consecutive game with 11 points.
Junior point guard Jillian Brown added eight assists and Hardy also grabbed nine rebounds, seven of them offensive boards.
In the first half the Cougars (12-14, 8-9) gave up nine offensive rebounds, which Appalachian State (18-6, 12-4) converted into 15 second chance points. The Mountaineers had a 15-2 advantage second chance points and a 37-30 lead going into halftime.
In the second half the Cougars grabbed 17 offensive rebounds, which they converted into 20 second chance points, but they gave up an additional 10 second chance points to the Mountaineers on eight offensive rebounds.
Appalachian State, led by 18 points from Anna Freeman opened the second half on an 8-2 run to push their lead to 13. The Cougars responded with a 7-1 run and cut the deficit back to seven on a three-pointer from Frye. Appalachian State would go right back up by 13 as they answered with a 6-0 run in two and a half minutes to go up 52-39 with 10:13 left in the game.
In a game that had three ties and six lead changes, the Cougars trailed by as many as 19 at 67-48 with 4:10 left to go in the game. They would not go down without a fight as they went on a 13-4 run to close the gap to 10 on a Cathryn Hardy offensive rebound and put back, to put the score at 71-61 with only 44 second left to go.
The Cougars got 18 points from their bench, including nine points and a season-high eight rebounds from sophomore Mikaela Hopkins.
With her seven offensive rebounds Hardy moved into fourth-place on the Cougars DI record list for offensive rebounds in a single season. She now has 104 on the season and is 10 offensive boards away from tying that record.
Up next the Cougars return home for senior night on Monday Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m. The Cougars will honor their three seniors: Cathryn Hardy, Latisha Harris and Megan Fischer.