GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Brittany Hodges scored 17 points and Allison Beasley registered career highs with 13 points and seven rebounds to power Furman past Appalachian State, 73-54, in Southern Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
The win, the seventh in the last nine games for Furman (8-6, 2-1 SoCon), halted a five-game series losing skid to Appalachian State (3-9, 0-2 SoCon) and marked the Paladins' largest triumph over the Mountaineers since the 2000-01 season.
Hodges, a junior forward and the SoCon's reigning player of the week, spiced her 17-point performance with nine rebounds, a block, and an assist in 32 minutes of action. Her two free throws put Furman ahead, 13-12, midway through the first half and ignited a 15-0 run that gave the Paladins control of the contest they would never relinquish.
Beasley's back-to-back 3-pointers, part of the Paladins' 5-of-11 long range shooting effort over the game's first 20 minutes, also fueled the spurt, which fellow Paladin freshman Whitney Bunn capped with two free throws for a 26-12 advantage with six minutes remaining in the first half.
Senior guard Brigid Morrissey, coming off a career best 12-assist performance in Sunday's 76-75 road win over Charlotte, delivered another superb effort with 11 assists, which she combined with five points, two rebounds, and two steals.
Janice Roberts, sidelined for the last two games with a ankle injury, returned to action in a big way, converting all eight free throw attempts en route to 12 points in just 17 minutes of action, and Sarah Durdaller overcame first half foul trouble to finish with 10 points.
Appalachian State was paced by Joi Jones' game high 19 points and Maryah Sydnor with 17 points.
The Mountaineers, plagued by foul trouble from the early going, saw Furman convert 26-of-32 free throws and post a 43-37 rebounding advantage after entererd the contest as the league's top rebounding team.
Furman saw its 15-point first half lead grow to as many as 21 at 39-18 following a Bunn steal and assist on a Beasley layup with 1:04 to go. The Mountaineers closed the half with a 5-0 run, using a Jones 3-pointer as time expired to make it 39-23.
Appalachian State managed to trim the lead to 61-51 on a KeKe Cooper layup with 5:19 remaining, but that would be as close as the Mountaineers would get, however, as Hodges converted a pass from Morrissey into a layup on the game's next possession to stave off App. State.
Led by Hodges' 7-of-10 shooting performance from the field, Furman finished the game at 36.2 percentage (21-of-58) while Appalachian State canned only 34.6 percent (18-of-52) of its attempts, including just one of eight from 3-point range.
Furman suffered only 12 turnovers in the contest, including just five in the first half.
The Paladins entertain Western Carolina on Monday in a 7:00 p.m. game at Timmons Arena.