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

App’s Carver Earns Preseason Honors, Picked 12th in Sun Belt Preseason Poll

App State junior Emily Carver has earned Preseason Third Team All-Sun Belt accolades, the league announced Monday.

Last season, Carver led the Sun Belt in 3-pointers per game in season and league-only play and shot a league-high .444 from beyond the arc in SBC action. The Asheville, N.C. native started all 31 games and was the Black and Gold’s top scorer in 10 games as well as the top rebounder in nine games. Carver accounted for 76 of App State’s single-season record 233 made 3-pointers, and ranked within the top-55 in the NCAA for 3-pointers made per game. Carver scored 380 points on the year, scoring double-digits in 19 games and tallied four consecutive 20+ point games from Jan. 12 to Jan. 21. She also totaled two double-doubles on the season. Carver shot .698 from the line, .372 from the field, and .345 from the arc.

Carver joins nine Mountaineers who have earned spots on the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference teams since App State joined the conference in 2014.

Carver and head coach Angel Elderkin will be attending Wednesday’s Sun Belt Media Day in New Orleans. Fans can tune on ESPN+ at 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET).

The Mountaineers will launch the 2023-24 campaign on Nov. 6, as they host UNC Greensboro at 6:30 p.m.

2023-24 Women’s Basketball Preseason Awards
Preseason Player of the Year
Domonique Davis, Southern Miss

Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team
Domonique Davis, Southern Miss
Terren Ward, Georgia Southern
Izzy Higginbottom, Arkansas State
Makayia Hallmon, Troy
Roshala Scott, Marshall

Preseason All-Sun Belt Second Team
Peyton McDaniel, James Madison
Ja’Mia Hollings, Troy
Lanay Wheaton, Louisiana
Kseniia Kozlova, James Madison
Tai’Sheka Porchia, Troy

Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team
Deja Richardson, Coastal Carolina
Emily Carver, App State
Daisha Bradford, ULM
Mikyla Tolivert, Georgia State
Kelsey Thompson, South Alabama

2023-24 Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. James Madison (9) – 186
2. Troy (3) – 177
3. Southern Miss (1) – 159
4. Old Dominion – 149
5. Georgia Southern (1) – 131
6. Louisiana – 117
7. Texas State – 116
8. Arkansas State – 87
9. Marshall – 85
10. Coastal Carolina – 72
11. ULM – 71
12. App State – 54
13. Georgia State – 46
14. South Alabama – 20

Previous App State SBC Preseason All-Conference Team Honorees
First Team
Maryah Sydnor (2014-15)
Madi Story (2017-18)

Second Team
Madi Story (2016-17, 2018-19)
Bayley Plummer (2018-19, 2019-20)
Pre Stanley (2020-21)
Janay Sanders (2022-23)

Third Team
Joi Jones (2015-16)
Lapresha Stanley (2018-19)
Pre Stanley (2019-20)
Michaela Porter (2021-22)
Faith Alston (2022-23)