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The App State women’s basketball team fell to Richmond, 80-77, on the road on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s game was the Mountaineers’ and Spiders’ first game of the season to go to overtime.
“My heart’s broken for our team. I thought that we played really well today,” said head coach Angel Elderkin. “Richmond is a top-50 program and we came into their house with no fear. I thought our defensive game plan was executed, our offensive game plan was executed, a couple of shots go a different way in the fourth quarter and we’re walking out of here with a win. It’s hard in this moment, but like I said to our team, we continue to show up the way that we showed up today, and the winning is going to take care of itself. I’m really proud of our group and the way that we played together.”
Junior Emily Carver was the Mountaineers’ top scorer for her second consecutive game and fourth game this season, netting 27 points on the afternoon. Coming within one of the single-game career-high of 28 points, which she set on Dec. 5 against the College of Charleston, Carver accounted for seven of the Mountaineers’ 13 3-pointers. She also pulled down five rebounds, dished out five assists, and made four steals. Senior Faith Alston scored 21 points, coming within three of her career-high, 24, which was set in 2022. Both Carver and Alston shot 100% from the line.
Sophomore Rylan Moffitt grabbed a team-high in rebounds for a second consecutive game and fourth game this season, pulling down nine on the afternoon. Following Moffitt was graduate student Mariah Frazier, who grabbed a career-high eight rebounds and made two steals.
App State shot 88.9% from the charity stripe and scored 12 second chance points. The Mountaineers held Richmond to four 3-point buckets, three of which were scored in the first half, and eight offensive rebounds.
Alston put the Mountaineers on the board with a pair of freebies, giving App State an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter. The Black and Gold built off a Frazier layup and trey from freshman Alexis Black to lead, 7-5. As the Spiders met the Mountaineers at 7-7 and took a 9-7 edge, Alston answered with a trey to regain the lead for App State (10-9). Black completed a three-point play to put App State ahead, 13-9, which Frazier followed up with a freebie. After a good layup from Alston, Carver drilled a 3-point bucket, her first of the game, to take a 19-14 lead at the end of the quarter.
Opening the second quarter with a trey, Alston put App State ahead, 22-14. After Richmond cut the lead to one with a 7-0 run, Carver drained a trey to extend the Black and Gold’s lead to 25-21. The Mountaineers took a 10-point lead (35-25) after a pair of layups from Moffitt and Carver and a Carver trey. Richmond continued to chip at the lead, but junior Zada Porter drained a last-second 3-point bucket to give the Mountaineers a 38-30 lead at the half.
The Mountaineers took another 10-point lead (44-34) early in the third quarter, building off a layup from Moffitt, jumper from Carver, and fastbreak jumper from Frazier. App State steadily maintained the lead through the third quarter, as Alston and Carver sank treys and Moffitt made a jumper (52-41). Despite an 8-0 run from Richmond, junior J’Mani Ingram made a jump shot as the Mountaineers closed the quarter ahead, 54-51.
Richmond found its footing in the fourth quarter, going on an early 7-0 run to take a 58-54 lead. A jumper from Alston cut the lead to two (58-56), but Richmond jumped ahead, 64-58. The Mountaineers answered with a 7-0 run of their own as Moffitt contributed a layup, Carver sank a trey, and Black gave the Mountaineers a 65-64 edge with a layup with 2:24 left to play. Richmond tied the score at 65-65 with a free throw. Both teams tried to take an edge in the last minutes of play, but the score remained tied at the end of regulation.
As Richmond took an early 68-65 lead after a three-point play, Alston kept the Mountaineers within one with a jumper (68-67) early in the overtime period. The Black and Gold kept pace with the Spiders, staying within one after a pair of free throws from Carver (70-69). The Spiders took a 75-69 lead late in the overtime period. With 0:24 left on the clock, Carver drilled a trey that kept the Mountaineers in the game. With 0:13 left, Alston was sent to the line and kept App State within two, cutting the lead to 76-74. Richmond edged ahead, 78-74, but with 0:04 left on the clock, Porter drained a 3-point bucket to bring App State within one (78-77). Despite Porter’s trey, Richmond made a final pair of free throws to take the game, 80-77.
The Mountaineers continue their road stretch with a game against Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C. on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. The game will be available to stream on ESPN+. The Mountaineers will return to Holmes on Dec. 21 for a noon clash with Mercer.