Samford beats Appalachian State 54-43 for NCAA bid



ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Jazmine Powers had 14 points and seven rebounds Monday as Samford defeated Appalachian State 54-43 in the Southern Conference championship game, earning a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament.

Samford (20-12) got 11 points from Jazmine Martin; Hannah Dawson added seven points and 11 rebounds. Shelby Campbell, selected as the tournament’s outstanding player, chipped in with six points.

The Bulldogs, who came in as the tournament’s fourth seed, had to defeat top-seeded Davidson on Sunday and the No. 2 seed Mountaineers to defend their championship.

Courtney Freeman and Anna Freeman each had 10 points to lead the Mountaineers.

Samford is hoping for a better showing in the NCAA tournament this time around after losing to Florida State 76-46 in the first round a year ago.