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Faith Alston
Faith Alston had a career high 36 points in the Mountaineers win.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Wins Over Georgia State

The App State women’s basketball team defeated Georgia State, 93-67, on Saturday during its Play4Kay Pink Day game. The Mountaineers have improved to 14-12 (7-7 SBC) on the season. App State is also 9-2 at the Holmes Convocation Center.

Senior Faith Alston led the Mountaineers with 24 points and a career-high 11 assists, recording her third double-double of the 2023-24 campaign. Alston marked her 17th game as the Mountaineers’ top scorer as well as her 24th of 26 games scoring double-figures. Fifth-year senior Taylor Lewis pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, recording her fourth game as the Mountaineers’ top rebounder. She also netted a career-high 18 points on the day. Sophomore Alexis Black netted 16 points, sinking 4-of-4 from the arc and the line as well as 4-of-6 from the field. Black and Lewis combined for nine of the Mountaineers’ 14 treys on the afternoon.

App State shot 42.4% from the arc, 47.7% from the field, and 81.0% from the line. The Mountaineers have netted 12 or more treys in the last three out of four games and came within one of the program record for made 3-pointers in a game (15). The Mountaineers have netted 15 treys in three games, which was last met in the Black and Gold’s game against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 3, 2023. App State tallied 32 points off the bench and 13 fastbreak points. The Black and Gold held Georgia State to four treys and three fastbreak points.

Early in the first quarter, Georgia State took a 6-0 lead. The Mountaineers were quick to erase the deficit, building off layups from Alston and a trey from Lewis. Alston recorded eight of the Mountaineers’ points, while junior Emily Carver recorded six. The lead switched between the Mountaineers and Panthers five times, but the Mountaineers managed to build a 24-14 lead to close the quarter, as Black and Carver drained a pair of treys and freshman Lexi Bugajski got to the hoop for a layup. The Mountaineers held Georgia State to one trey and caused seven Panther turnovers in the first period.

Alston opened the second quarter with a trey, but Georgia State found momentum, recording an 8-0 scoring run to chip away at the Mountaineers’ lead. Another Panther run tied things up at 30 all. The Mountaineers answered with a layup from Carver, freebie from Lewis, and trey from Black to extend the lead to 36-30. As GSU worked to catch up, Black and junior Zada Porter sank a pair of 3-pointers in the last 0:37 seconds in the half.

The Mountaineers outscored the Panthers, 27-15, in the third period. Lewis opened the quarter with a trey and combined with Alston for 17 of the Mountaineers’ 27 points in the quarter. The Black and Gold also shot 5-of-6 from the line, while Georgia State didn’t make an appearance at the line. App State also caused seven Panther turnovers, while only turning the ball over once.

In the fourth and final quarter, Carver, Alston, sophomore Nadiyah Byard, and freshman MaKenzie Drout each contributed four points as the Mountaineers netted 24 points compared to Georgia State’s 17. Opening the fourth quarter the same way she did the third quarter. Lewis opened the fourth with a trey to put App State up 72-50. Alston and graduate-student Mariah Frazier extended the lead to 78-52 with layups. Despite a 7-0 scoring run from the Panthers, the Mountaineers continued to build their lead with contributions from Byard and Drout. Sophomore Lexi Grant recorded the Mountaineers’ final point with a free throw to seal the Mountaineers’ 93-67 victory.

The Mountaineers’ home stretch continues as they host Old Dominion on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. and James Madison on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Thursday’s game against ODU is Double Points Day for Yikas Rewards members. The Mountaineers will honor seniors Faith Alston, Mariah Frazier, and Taylor Lewis during Saturday’s game against JMU.