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Janay Sanders
Janay Sanders had 20 points to pace the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Falls to Texas State

The App State women’s basketball team fell to Texas State, 66-59, in San Marcos on Thursday. The Mountaineers’ next stop on their four-game Sun Belt road stretch will be in Jonesboro, Ark. as they clash with Arkansas State at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be available to stream on ESPN+.

Redshirt senior Janay Sanders led the charge against Texas State with 12 points on the night. Sanders also pulled down four rebounds and recorded two assists. Redshirt junior A’Lea Gilbert also scored in double figures, netting 10 points, sinking 4-of-5 field goals, which included two 3-pointers. The Black and Gold’s top rebounder of the night was sophomore Emily Carver, who pulled down eight.

The Mountaineers (5-9, 1-2 SBC) scored 18 points off turnovers and 17 points off the bench.

In the first quarter, Carver, graduate student Brooke Bigott, and freshman Alexis Black each drained a 3-pointer, keeping the Mountaineers within two of the Bobcats, 16-14, at the end of the quarter. The Mountaineers kept pace with the Texas State in the second quarter after a 3-pointer from Gilbert put them within one (18-17). Graduate student Lauren Carter nailed a trey off of a fastbreak to tie things up at 22 all, and a jumper from Bigott kept the Black and Gold within one (25-24) after the Bobcats answered Carter’s trey with one of their own.

Carver opened the third quarter with a strong 3-pointer before a layup from Sanders tied things up at 35 all. A Gilbert layup gave App State a slight 37-35 edge before she added a trey to put the Mountaineers up, 40-37. The Bobcats were quick to respond with a jumper and 3-pointer to retake the lead, 42-40. A layup from junior Faith Alston brought App State back within two (44-42), but the Bobcats were quick to extend the deficit.

Sanders was responsible for nine of App State’s 15 points in the fourth and final quarter. Despite the addition of a pair of layups from Black and a layup from sophomore Mariah Frazier, the Mountaineers fell short to the Bobcats, 66-59.

Texas State was led by Da’Nasia Hood, who earned a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Bobcats’ Kennedy Taylor also posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 assists.