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Faith Alston
Faith Alston led the Mountaineers in scoring for the 18th time this season with 25 points.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Third Quarter Dooms Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Against Marshall

The App State women’s basketball team fell short to Marshall, 81-69, in Wednesday’s midweek matchup in Huntington.

For a 14th game this season, senior Faith Alston was the Mountaineers’ top scorer, netting 16 points. It marked the 19th game this season that Alston netted double-digits. Alston also dished out a team-high four assists on the night. Additionally, juniors Emily Carver and J’Mani Ingram netted double-digits, with 15 and 10 points apiece. Carver contributed two of the Mountaineers’ six treys. For a fifth consecutive game, sophomore Rylan Moffitt was the Black and Gold’s top rebounder, pulling down eight rebounds. Over the course of the season, she has been App State’s top rebounder in 14 games. App State (10-11 (4-6 SBC)) shot 47.6% from the field and scored 24 points off the bench as well as 14 points off fastbreaks.

The Mountaineers kept pace with the Thundering Herd through the first half of Wednesday’s matchup. App State and Marshall tied five times and swapped the lead eight times over the course of the first half. Shooting 53% from the field and 50% from the arc, App State trailed Marshall by a mere two points, 39-37, at halftime. Carver, Alston, and sophomore Chaé Harris each contributed a 3-point bucket for the Black and Gold. Carver netted 10 points while Moffit pulled down seven rebounds over the course of the first half. App State and Marshall matched with 16 points apiece in the second quarter.

Marshall, who was ranked 19th in the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25 this week, outscored App State, 23-9, in the third quarter. Despite a scoring drought for both teams early in the period, Marshall went on a 12-0 scoring run to take a 62-46 lead.

Despite the deficit, App State outscored Marshall, 23-19, in the final quarter. Alston netted 10 points for the Mountaineers, which included a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. Fifth-year senior Taylor Lewis shot 2-of-2 from the field, which included a 3-point bucket. Marshall took the victory, 81-69.

The Mountaineers will cap their four-game road-stretch with a stop in Conway, S.C. to clash with Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. on Feb. 3. App State will return to the Holmes Convocation Center to host ULM at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.