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Faith Alston
Faith Alston led the Mountaineers in scoring for the 18th time this season with 25 points.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Defeats Georgia Southern

The App State women’s basketball team clinched an 82-74 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday, which was highlighted by a career milestone from senior Faith Alston.

In the dwindling seconds of the game, Alston recorded her 1,000th career point at App State, joining 27 alumni in the 1,000-point club. The Centerville, Va., native is also the second Mountaineer to reach 1,000 collegiate career points within the past two seasons.

“After playing Georgia Southern just seven days ago, it was really fresh with our team and what we needed to do to come out with a win. We talked a lot about rebounding. We won the rebounding battle, 54-41, and I love looking at this stats sheet because you see everyone on the team contribute,” said head coach Angel Elderkin. “We talked a lot this week about playing together as a team. We also talked about taking care of the basketball. We did have 19 turnovers, so that’s something that we have to clean up. All in all the toughness that we came out with and the pace that our team is playing at is really a problem for our opponents. I felt that we wore them down, we played to our identity, and we got the win.”

For a fifth consecutive game and the 12th time this season, Alston was the Mountaineers’ top scorer, netting 24 points to hit 1,000 career points exactly. Alston, who played all 40 minutes in both games this week, also matched with graduate student Mariah Frazier for a team-high four assists apiece. Junior J’Mani Ingram set a new career high netting 23 points, while sophomore Rylan Moffitt pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.

App State (10-8 (4-3 SBC)) held Georgia Southern (13-6 (3-4 SBC)) to four treys as well as 16 offensive rebounds, compared to the Mountaineers’ 23 offensive rebounds. App State also recorded 22 fastbreak points compared to Georgia Southern’s eight.

The Eagles took an early lead to open the game, but the Mountaineers were quick to catch up as sophomores Chaé Harris and Alexis Black landed a pair of treys. As Georgia Southern began to pull away, the Black and Gold kept pace with the Eagles, tying things up at 18 all. The Eagles closed the quarter with a two-point lead after a late layup.

App State came out in the second quarter with a 3-point bucket from Harris and back-to-back layups from Alston to take a 25-20 lead. The Mountaineers never let go of the lead for the remainder of play. Alston scored 10 of her 24 points in the second quarter and Ingram tallied eight points over the course of the period. The Mountaineers wrapped the second quarter with a 46-36 lead.

Alston opened the third quarter with a layup to bring the Mountaineers to a 48-36 lead. After facing a short drought, Black made a layup in the paint to bring the Mountaineers to 50 points. Ingram made a pair of layups and a jumper within two minutes to extend App State’s lead to 56-40. As Georgia Southern worked to catch up with the Mountaineers, a layup from Black and free throw from Ingram kept App State ahead, 59-53 at the end of the quarter.

To start the fourth quarter, Black made it around the defense for a layup, which Alston promptly followed up with a 3-point bucket. The Mountaineers maintained their lead as Black drained a jumper and broke away for a fastbreak layup in the paint. Free throws were key in the period as Ingram drained a perfect 4-of-4 and Black drilled 2-of-3. Alston also drained 7-of-8 from the line, which included her 1,000th point to cap the 82-74 victory.

The Mountaineers will gear up for a four-game road stretch. App State will take on Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. on Jan. 25 before heading to Harrisonburg, Va. to take on James Madison. The Mountaineers will then head to Huntington, WVa. to battle Marshall on Jan. 31 and Conway, S.C. to take on Coastal Carolina on Feb. 3.