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Emily Carver
Emily Carver had 14 points to pace the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Falls to Old Dominion

The App State women’s basketball team fell to Old Dominion, 81-62, in its penultimate home game of the 2023-24 campaign on Thursday.

“At the half I think our team was feeling pretty good in terms of the things we identified that we needed to clean up, but Old Dominion came out in that third quarter and they really just set the tone with rebounding,” said head coach Angel Elderkin. “They came out with an 8-0 run, but they grabbed six offensive rebounds. I say a lot ‘chance favors the aggressor’ and I thought Old Dominion was super aggressive. Our offense has been on fire lately and they put that fire out tonight, so I just have a lot of credit for the way that they win games.”

Junior Emily Carver netted a team-high 14 points, registering three of the Mountaineers’ six treys on the night. Senior Faith Alston and sophomore Alexis Black scored 10 points apiece and both shot perfectly from the line, accounting for 14 of the Mountaineers’ 26 free throws. Alston also dished out a team-high six assists. Graduate student Mariah Frazier and sophomore Rylan Moffitt each pulled down eight rebounds. The Mountaineers (14-13 (7-8 SBC)) shot 68.4% from the line and saw 18 points off the bench.

Carver opened the game with a trey, which Moffitt promptly followed with a jumper to put the Mountaineers up 5-0 against the Monarchs. ODU attempted to pull ahead, but another trey from Carver tied things up at eight all, which fifth-year senior Taylor Lewis followed up with a trey of her own to push the Mountaineers ahead, 11-8. The Mountaineers and Monarchs tied again at 13 all after a pair of Alston free throws. ODU managed to regain the lead and push ahead, 20-15, at the end of the quarter.

App State outscored ODU, 19-15, in the second quarter with Frazier and Alston combining for 12 of the Mountaineers’ points. With 1:30 left in the half, the Mountaineers built off a jumper from Moffitt and a trio of freebies from Frazier and Alston to come within one of the Monarchs’ 35-34 lead. App State managed to cause nine Monarch turnovers in the first half of play. Old Dominion built an 11-point lead early in the third quarter and carried the momentum for the remainder of the game. Despite the Mountaineers’ efforts, ODU held App State to 28 points in the second half and secured the win, 81-62.

App State will host James Madison at 2 p.m. for its final regular season game in the Holmes Center on Saturday. The Mountaineers will also be celebrating their seniors: Faith Alston, Mariah Frazier, and Taylor Lewis.