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Janay Sanders
Janay Sanders was one of two players to score 11 points for the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Drops Fourth Straight

The App State women’s basketball team fell to James Madison, 78-62, on Wednesday.

Three Mountaineers scored double figures, led by redshirt senior Janay Sanders with 14 points. Sophomore Emily Carver netted 12 points and freshman Chaé Harris netted 11 points. Harris also pulled down a team-high six rebounds, while Sanders and sophomore Mariah Frazier pulled down five each. Junior Faith Alston dished out a team-high five assists.

The Mountaineers (9-19, 5-12 SBC) shot 73.3 percent from the line and came within one 3-point bucket of their program record of 215 made 3-pointers in a season, which was set during the 2018-19 campaign. App State tallied 26 points off the bench and 30 points in the paint.

Carver put App State on the board with a layup and the free throw to follow for a 3-0 lead over James Madison (13-4, 23-6 SBC). Carver contributed eight points for the Mountaineers over the course of the period. In addition to Carver’s eight points, redshirt junior A’Lea Gilbert, Sanders, Frazier, and senior Taylor Lewis combined for 12 points to give App State a 20-19 edge to close the quarter.

Opening up the second quarter, Alston landed a jumper to put App State up 22-19. The Mountaineers went on a 6-0 scoring run as Sanders, Alston, and Frazier made it to the hoop for layups that extended the Mountaineers’ lead to 28-20. A back-to-back trey and jumper combo from Harris kept App State ahead, 33-23. JMU went on a 7-0 run to cut App State’s lead to three at the close of the half (33-30). App State held JMU to 11 points in the period.

A jumper from Sanders extended App State’s lead to 35-32 in the third quarter. JMU fought back, edging past the Mountaineers for a 37-35 lead. A trey from Carver brought App State within one, 39-38. Jumpers from Lewis and Harris gave the Mountaineers a 42-41 edge, but JMU tied things up at 42 all with a free throw. A pair of free throws from sophomore Zada Porter brought App State back within one (45-44) and a trey from Harris put App State ahead, 47-45. Freshman Alexis Black kept App State ahead 49-47 with a jump after a pair of JMU free throws tied the score again at 47 all. A pair of Sanders free throws gave App State a 51-49 edge after the Dukes met the Mountaineers at 49 all. JMU took a 53-51 lead to close the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Dukes jumped ahead 58-51. Back-to-back layups from Alston brought the Black and Gold within three (58-55). The Mountaineers faced a scoring drought, but Carver, Sanders, Harris, and Porter combined for an additional seven points to Alston’s four. It wasn’t enough, as JMU clinched the win, 78-62.