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Alexis Black
Alexis Black led the Mountaineers with 16 points.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Falls to Marshall

The App State women’s basketball team fell short to Marshall, 87-78, in its second meeting with the Thundering Herd this season. The Mountaineers welcomed 1,179 students from area schools for Education Day.

Sophomore Alexis Black netted a team and career-high 24 points on the afternoon. Junior Emily Carver netted 19 points and combined with Black for seven of the Mountaineers’ 12 treys. Senior Faith Alston netted 13 points and dished out a team-high six assists. Alston has scored double-figures in all but two games this season. Sophomore Rylan Moffitt pulled down 14 rebounds, marking her 16th game as the Mountaineers’ top rebounder.

App State shot 41.4% from the arc, 43.5% from the field, and 70.6% from the line. App State and Marshall tied six times and swapped the lead seven times over the duration of play.

The Black and Gold controlled the lead for nine minutes in the first quarter, establishing an early 5-2 lead by building off freebies from Alston and Carver, as well as a layup from Moffitt. In a four-minute period, fifth-year senior Taylor Lewis, Carver, Alston, and Black drilled five 3-point buckets, to extend the lead to 20-10. The Herd found its footing and closed the deficit and took a 22-20 lead at the close of the quarter.

Freshman MaKenzie Drout ended the Mountaineers’ scoring drought in the second quarter with a jumper, which graduate student Mariah Frazier and Black followed up with layups to bring App State within one of Marshall’s lead. As Marshall tried to pull away with a trey, Black answered with a trey of her own, which Lewis followed up with a layup to give the Mountaineers a 31-29 edge. As Marshall took a 39-31 lead, Alston went up for a jumper and completed a three-point play to bring App State within two. With 0:19 left in the half, sophomore Chaé Harris came in clutch with a 3-point bucket to tie things up at 40-all.

App State and Marshall both scored 19 points in the third quarter, closing the period knotted at 59-59. The Mountaineers had managed to build a six-point lead early in the period as Moffitt made a layup, Alston landed a trey, Black completed a three-point play, and Carver nailed a freebie. App State maintained an edge as Black and Carver contributed a layup and 3-pointer, respectively. Marshall managed to close in late in the quarter and tied things up with a trey with seven seconds left in the period.

In the fourth quarter, Marshall started to pull away, despite a Carver trey and jumper from Black, to take a 74-64 lead. Carver and Black combined for all 19 of the Mountaineers’ points in the final period. Carver shot 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-3 from the arc, while Black drilled 3-of-4 from the field, 1-of-2 from the arc, and 2-of-3 from the line. Despite the Mountaineers’ efforts to close the deficit, Marshall took the game, 87-78.

The Mountaineers will host Georgia State for their Play4Kay Pink Day game on Feb. 17. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and a ticket to the women’s 2 p.m. game will get fans into the men’s 4:30 p.m. game against Louisiana. Chuck-A-Duck will be back during halftime and the first 200 students at the game will receive a free duck. There is also a $500 prize for the winner of the Chuck-A-Duck contest. The Mountaineers will also be selling a special Pink Day shirt on the concourse. Alumni of the App State women’s basketball program are encouraged to join the team for a pregame brunch and at 11:30 a.m. at the McKinney Alumni Center.