App State women’s basketball fell to Troy, 85-65, on Saturday afternoon at Trojan Arena.
App State falls to 4-4 and 1-1 in Sun Belt play while the Trojans improve to 5-4 and 1-1 in league action.
Four players scored in double figures with Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) scoring a team-high 13 points and grabbing a team-best six rebounds. Haile McDonald (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) turned in a season-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in nine minutes. Faith Alston (Centerville, Va./Paul VI Catholic) put in a career-high 11 points with five buckets. The duo combined for 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting off the bench.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) rounded out the leading scorers with 11. Stanley is now ninth all-time in scoring with 1,303 points, surpassing Madi Story (2014-18;1,294 points) and Whitney Tossie (2004-08; 1,302 points). Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) dished out a season-high five assists on top of eight points.
The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game, where the Trojans shot 57.1 percent in the period to take a 27-10 lead going into the second frame.
App State slowly sliced the gap going into the break, dwindling the deficit to 14 following a free throw from Gosnell. A 10-4 surge to start the second half was sparked by Gosnell scoring the first seven points of the run before Bigott nailed a trifecta to bring the Troy lead to single digits, 47-39.
The momentum App was building would stop there, as Troy extended the lead back to double digits and pulled away the rest of the way for the win.
The 15 assists are a season high. After turning the ball over 81 times over the last three games, App turned the ball over just 12 times, which is a season low. The 26 bench points are a season best. App State scored 22 points off turnovers, making it the third time this season the Mountaineers have scored at least 20 points off miscues. The 12 steals are a season high. The 42 points in the paint tie a season high.
Tyasia Moore led four Trojans in double figures with 22 points.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers were able to leave Alabama with a split. App State returns to action next weekend when it travels to face Georgia Southern in Statesboro.