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Janay Sanders
Janay Sanders was one of two players to score 11 points for the Mountaineers.
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Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Downs ULM In Home Finale

The App State women’s basketball team defeated ULM 77-63 in its regular season finale on Friday, while honoring Brooke Bigott, A’Lea Gilbert, Janay Sanders and Summer Schloss for Senior Day.

Five Mountaineers recorded double-figure points, led by Sanders’ 15. Sophomore Zada Porter posted her first career double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. Gilbert and junior Faith Alston both netted 11 points, and freshman Chaé Harris recorded 10 points. Porter and Alston led the team in assists, dishing out four each.

The Mountaineers broke their program record for 3-pointers made in a season, recording nine treys for a total of 223 this season. The previous record was 215, set during the 2018-19 season. App State caused 21 ULM turnovers, scoring 20 points off of those turnovers. The Mountaineers also held the Warhawks to three 3-pointers over the course of the game. Forty of the Black and Gold’s 77 points came from the bench.

Gilbert put App State on the board early with the Mountaineer’s 215th trey of the season, tying the previous program record. Not long after, Porter sunk a 3-point bucket, pushing App State over the record’s edge. Senior Taylor Lewis and Harris drilled back-to-back treys to put App State up 15-13 over ULM in the first period.

App State went on a 9-0 scoring run with contributions from Sanders, Gilbert, and Carver to take a 26-24 lead over the Warhawks. ULM tied things up at 26, but a layup from Porter gave App State a 28-26 edge. A Sanders layup and Alston trey put App State up 33-29 at the half.

Carver opened the third quarter with a trey to extend App State’s lead to 36-31. Gilbert and Sanders promptly added back-to-back layups that put App State up 40-35 over the Warhawks. As the Warhawks closed in on the Mountaineers’ lead, Harris landed a jumper to keep App State ahead 43-40. Carver sunk an effortless trey, which Alston followed up with a layup that extended App State’s lead to 51-43. As the Mountaineers faced a scoring drought, ULM cut the Mountaineers’ lead to one. With seven seconds remaining in the quarter, Porter got to the hoop for two. Harris was quick to jump in for a steal at three seconds, making a last-second layup to put App State up 55-50 at the end of the third period.

The Mountaineers came out hot in the final quarter as Harris drilled a 3-point bucket, which was followed by back-to-back layups from Gilbert and Porter. Frazier, Alston and Sanders contributed to an 8-0 scoring run that extended App State’s lead to 72-58. Bigott and Gilbert scored the Mountaineers’ final five points as they cruised to the home victory.

The Sun Belt Conference announced the seeding and matchups for the 2023 Hercules Tires Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship late Friday evening and App State is the No. 10 seed. The Mountaineers will take on No. 7 seed Louisiana in the second round on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET).

The SBC Women’s Basketball Championship is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6 at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Fla. All 14 teams will make an appearance in the single-elimination tournament. All games leading up to the tournament final will be available to stream on ESPN+. Monday’s championship game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

The Mountaineers’ 2022-23 regular season was highlighted by the first triple-digit victory under head coach Angel Elderkin’s tenure, a new program record for 3-point buckets made in a season, redshirt senior Janay Sanders’ 1,000th collegiate career point and sophomore Emily Carver’s Sun Belt Player of the Week recognition.

App State eclipsed 100 points on Dec. 10 as it defended Holmes Court against Johnson C. Smith. The victory marked the Mountaineers’ 19th 100-point game in program history. The Black and Gold had last scored 107 points on Feb. 25, 1987 against High Point.

The Mountaineers also surpassed their program record for 3-pointers made in a season, which was previously 215, set in 2018-19. App State recorded 223 3-point buckets during the 2022-23 regular season.

Sanders drilled her 1,000th collegiate career point on Feb. 4 in Conway, S.C., as the Mountaineers took on Coastal Carolina. The Charlotte, N.C., native recorded 171 points her freshman year at La Salle and has recorded 899 in her time at App State. She currently has 1,070 career points.

Sophomore Emily Carver, who has led the Sun Belt in 3-point percentage and made 3-pointers for the season and league play for most of the 2022-23 campaign, was named the SBC Player of the Week on Jan. 17 for her performances at JMU and Georgia Southern. She is the second sophomore in program history to earn the Sun Belt Player of the Week recognition.

App State wrapped up the regular season with a 10-19 (6-12 SBC) record.

App State faced Louisiana on Jan. 28 for Alumni Weekend. The Mountaineers fell to the Ragin’ Cajuns, 65-51. Carver and Alston were the Mountaineers’ top scorers, netting 17 and 16 points apiece. Carver shot five of App State’s 10 treys. App State shot 77.8 percent from the free throw line.

Full Championship Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 28 | First Round
Game 1: (12) Georgia State vs. (13) South Alabama | 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET)
Game 2: (11) Arkansas State vs. (14) ULM | 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, March 1 | Second Round
Game 3: (8) Marshall vs. (9) Coastal Carolina | 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET)
Game 4: (5) Old Dominion vs. Winner Game 1 | 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET)
Game 5: (6) Georgia Southern vs. Winner Game 2 | 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. ET)
Game 6: (7) Louisiana vs. (10) App State | 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET)

Friday, March 3 | Quarterfinals
Game 7: (1) James Madison vs. Winner Game 3 | 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET)
Game 8: (4) Troy vs. Winner Game 4 | 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET)
Game 9: (3) Southern Miss vs. Winner Game 5 | 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. ET)
Game 10: (2) Texas State vs. Winner Game 6 | 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET)

Sunday, March 5 | Semifinals
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 | 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET)
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 | 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET)

Monday, March 6 | Championship
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12 | 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET)