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Janay Sanders
Janay Sanders had 24 points in leading the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Basketball Falls to Eastern Kentucky

Playing its second straight road game to open the 2022-23 women’s basketball season, App State fell 95-63 to Eastern Kentucky on Friday night.

Redshirt senior Janay Sanders led the Mountaineers with 13 points and three assists, while graduate transfer Lauren Carter and sophomore Emily Carver added 10 points apiece.

App State forced EKU into 17 turnovers with the Mountaineers collecting seven steals, but it was the Colonels’ hot shooting that determined the outcome in this matchup. EKU shot 48.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the 3-point line, making 12 of 28 3-point attempts.

Danielle Rainey drained eight 3-pointers on her way to 30 points, while Antwainette Walker added 26 for the Colonels.

The Mountaineers fell into an early hole as the Colonels led 15-4 after the first five minutes.

App State used a Brooke Bigott 3-pointer and Sanders free throw to cut the lead to three at 21-18 in the second quarter, but that was as close as the visiting team would get the rest of the night.

EKU beat App State for the second straight year. The Colonels came away from Boone with an 89-84 double-overtime victory last season.

App State will host its home opener Monday against Lees-McRae (6:30 p.m., ESPN+).