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The App State women’s basketball team fell short to James Madison, 78-61, on the road on Saturday.
Sophomore Rylan Moffitt led the Mountaineers with a career and team-high 16 points as well as a team-high seven rebounds. Moffitt has been the Mountaineers’ top rebounder in four consecutive games and 13 games this season. Fellow sophomores Chaé Harris and Alexis Black each netted 13 points. Harris and junior Emily Carver combined for four of the Black and Gold’s six treys, while senior Faith Alston dished out a team-high eight assists. App State (10-10 (4-5 SBC)) held James Madison to three treys on the night and recorded 13 points off the bench.
Moffitt accounted for eight of the Mountaineers’ 10 points in the first quarter and shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. Alston made a layup in the paint to cut JMU’s lead to two, late in the quarter, but the Dukes took a 16-10 lead to close the period.
In the second quarter, App State scored 20 points to JMU’s 17. Harris led the Mountaineers, scoring 10 of her 13 points in the period. Moffitt opened the quarter with a layup, which Carver followed up with a layup of her own. As JMU pulled away, graduate student Mariah Frazier broke away for a fastbreak layup to keep App State within four of the Dukes’ lead. The Mountaineers went on an 11-0 run, which included treys from Carver and Harris, as well as a pair of layups and a freebie from Harris, to cut James Madison’s lead to 33-30 at the half.
The Black and Gold worked to catch up with JMU as the Dukes pulled away in the third quarter. Alexis Black netted seven of the Mountaineers’ 16 points in the period. A trey from Carver and layup from Black kept App State within four, 50-46, late in the quarter.
Alston and Black led the Mountaineers through the fourth quarter with five points apiece. The Mountaineers never turned the ball over in the final period and caused six JMU turnovers. Despite this, JMU netted 27 points compared to App State’s 15. Alston opened the period with a 3-point bucket, but JMU built an 11-point deficit. Alston and Moffitt got around the defense for a pair of layups, while Harris drained a trey to cut the lead to nine, 65-56. Despite a layup and trey from Black, the Dukes shot 9-of-12 from the line in the last 2:08 of the game to take the win, 78-61.
The next stop in the Mountaineers’ road-stretch will be Huntington, WVa., where App State will take on Marshall at 6 p.m. on Jan. 31. The Mountaineers will then head to Conway, S.C. to clash with Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. on Feb. 3. Both games will be available to stream on ESPN+.