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Rylan Moffitt had a career high 16 points in the setback.
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Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Downs Binghamton

The App State women’s basketball team closed out competition at the Thanksgiving Basketball Clasico in Puerto Rico with a 68-57 victory over Binghamton on Friday. The Mountaineers went 2-0 in the tournament, also defeating Furman on Thanksgiving Day, and are now 4-1 (0-0 SBC) on the season.

“In June, this team got together for the first time and we talked about one of our goals this season, which was to come to Puerto Rico and to go 2-0, so, to achieve that goal is really a great feeling,” said head coach Angel Elderkin. “The locker room’s very electric, but it’s the way that we’ve achieved the goal. I was really impressed with our defense today. We always say we need our defense and our free throws and I thought those were two really big things that got us to 2-0.”

Senior Faith Alston was the Mountaineers’ top scorer for the second consecutive game and third game overall this season. Alston netted a season-high 22 points against the Bearcats and dished out a team-high four assists. Junior Emily Carver and sophomore Rylan Moffitt both matched their season-highs, scoring 17 points and 12 points, respectively. Moffitt shot 6 of 7 from the charity stripe, and was the team’s top rebounder for a second game this season, pulling down a season-high 11 rebounds.

The Mountaineers tallied 38 points in the paint, 19 points off turnovers, and 17 fastbreak points. App State also had 15 second-chance points compared to Binghamton’s five and held the Bearcats to eight offensive rebounds.

Graduate student Mariah Frazier put the Mountaineers on the board with a jumper in the paint, which Carver followed up with a free throw that gave the Black and Gold an early 3-0 lead. Sophomore Zada Porter drilled a 3-pointer, and a pair of freebies from Moffitt put the Mountaineers up, 8-2. Binghamton caught up to the Mountaineers with a 7-0 run, but a free throw from sophomore Chaé Harris tied things up at 9-9. The Mountaineers broke away with a 4-0 run to take a 13-9 lead. As the Bearcats worked to close the deficit, App State closed the first quarter with a 15-13 lead after Moffitt sunk a pair of free throws.

Jumpers from Alston and Carver put App State ahead 19-16 in the second quarter. Alston also drained a 3-point bucket to extend the lead to 22-16. As Binghamton worked to close the deficit, the Mountaineers stayed a step ahead, building off free throws from Carver and Porter, as well as a jumper from Carver (27-25). Binghamton tied the score at 27 all with 0:37 left in the quarter, but Fraizer, who was sent to the line with 0:01 left on the clock, knocked down a free throw to give App State a 28-27 edge at the half.

Binghamton took a slight 34-31 lead early in the third quarter, but Moffitt tied the score at 34 all after executing a three-point play. A 7-0 run from the Mountaineers that included a fastbreak layup from Frazier, a 3-point bucket from Carver, and a jumper from sophomore Alexis Black, put App State up 41-34. As Binghamton tried to keep pace, Carver knocked down a 3-point bucket and a jumper to extend the lead to 46-38. The Mountaineers reached 50 points after a pair of jump shots from Moffitt and Alston. App State closed out the third quarter, 52-45, despite a pair of last second free throws from Binghamton.

App State continued to build its lead in the fourth quarter, despite Binghamton’s attempts to close the deficit. Alston landed a pair of jumpers, which Porter promptly followed up with a quick steal for a fastbreak layup that put App State ahead, 59-51. The Mountaineers went on a late 7-0 run that included free throws from Alston and Frazier as well as jumpers from Carver and Alston. Binghamton made two last free throws before App State won the game, 68-57.

The Mountaineers will take on Davidson at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Davidson, N.C. The game will be available to stream on ESPN+