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Faith Alston
Faith Alston led the Mountaineers in scoring for the 17th time this season with 24 points.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Falls at Georgia Southern

The App State women’s basketball team fell short to Georgia Southern, 83-77, on the road on Thursday.

Senior Faith Alston led the team with 29 points on the night, coming within two of her career high. Thursday’s game marked her ninth game this season and second consecutive game as the Mountaineers’ top scorer and 14th of 15 games scoring double-figures this season. She also dished out a team-high three assists.

Sophomore Chaé Harris netted double-figures and came within two of her career-high as well, netting 20 points on the night. Harris drained four of the Mountaineers’ eight treys on the night. Fellow sophomore Rylan Moffitt pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds, sophomore Alexis Black made a team-high three steals, and senior Taylor Lewis made the Black and Gold’s sole blocks of the game.

App State held Georgia Southern to three treys on the night. The Mountaineers recorded 30 fastbreak points, 27 points off the bench, and 12 second-chance points.

Alston opened the game with a 3-point bucket before Georgia Southern took a 10-3 lead. Alston netted nine of the Mountaineers’ 11 points during the quarter. Graduate student Mariah Frazier also managed to break away for a fastbreak layup late in the period.

Down 17-11 to start the second quarter, Alston landed a jumper in the paint, which junior Zada Porter followed up with a jumper of her own to cut the deficit to four. The Eagles maintained their lead, extending it to 14 points in the second. Porter drilled a buzzer-beating 3-point bucket to close the deficit to 39-28 at the half.

Harris opened the third quarter with a jumper, which Frazier followed up with a layup as App State held Georgia Southern to a two-minute scoring drought. Over the course of the period, Harris drained 2-of-3 from the arc, but despite this, the Eagles closed the quarter with a hefty 14-point lead.

In the fourth and final quarter, Georgia Southern took a 17-point lead. Over the course of the period, the Mountaineers worked to chip away at the deficit. Harris netted 12 points and shot 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-4 from the arc. Junior J’Mani Ingram and Alston each shot 3-of-3 from the line. Frazier sank two last second freebies to cut Georgia Southern’s lead to six, but the Eagles clinched the win, 83-77. Georgia Southern’s Terren Ward contributed 35 points towards the Eagles’ victory.

The Mountaineers continue their Georgia swing with a stop in Atlanta as they challenge Georgia State at 2 p.m. on Jan. 13. Saturday’s game will be available to stream on ESPN+.

App State will return to Boone to host Coastal Carolina on Jan. 18 and Georgia Southern on Jan. 20 at the Holmes Convocation Center.