Behind another impressive rushing effort and a defense that held Valdosta State to two yards…
The App State women’s basketball team fell to Norfolk State on the road, 67-53, on Thursday.
Junior Emily Carver netted a team-high 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Mountaineers. Sophomore Chaé Harris came off the bench to tally 10 points in addition to five rebounds and one block. Junior Rylan Moffitt snagged a team-high nine rebounds, while senior Faith Alston dished out a team-high three assists. The Mountaineers earned 14 second-chance points and scored 22 points off the bench. App State held Norfolk State to three treys.
App State managed to build a 13-8 lead in the first quarter after Carver netted a pair of free throws and freshman Makenzie Drout nailed a 3-point bucket with an assist from graduate student Mariah Frazier. The Mountaineers extended the deficit to 18-12 after junior J’Mani Ingram broke away for a fastbreak layup. Norfolk State caught up to tie things at 18 all at the end of the quarter.
Carver drilled a 3-pointer to open the second, pushing App State ahead, 21-18. The Spartans went on a 6-0 run to edge ahead, 26-21. The Black and Gold cut the lead to 26-24 after a layup from Frazier and free throw from Black, but the Spartans jumped ahead, 30-24. A freebie from Frazier and a trey from Alston cut the lead to 30-28 at the half.
A pair of free throws from Carver and a pair from Black kept App State within two of Norfolk State’s lead in the third quarter (34-32). The Mountaineers gained a 35-34 edge as Carver drained a 3-point bucket, but the Spartans were quick to answer with a 5-0 scoring run. Harris sunk a 3-point bucket of her own to keep App State within one of Norfolk State’s lead (39-38), but the Spartans capped the quarter ahead, 46-38.
Harris opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play to chip away at the deficit. A freebie from Carver and jumper from Frazier cut the deficit to four (48-44). A free throw from Harris brought App State within three, but Norfolk State found momentum with a 10-0 scoring run. Despite a fastbreak layup and pair of free throws from junior Zada Porter and a pair of free throws from Black, Norfolk State defeated App State, 67-53
The Mountaineers will head to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Thanksgiving Basketball Clasico tournament, where they will face Furman on Nov. 23 and Binghamton on Nov. 24. Both games are slated for 2:30 p.m. AT (1:30 p.m. ET) tip-offs and will be able to stream on the tournament’s website.