Late comeback effort falls short, App State loses to Louisiana 57-51

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Junior guard Michaela Porter scored a career-high 14 points in App State's 57-51 loss to Louisiana on Thursday night.

Ben Brady, Reporter

Despite a fourth quarter rally, App State women’s basketball fell to Louisiana 57-51 Thursday evening at the Holmes Center. 

Junior guard Micheala Porter led the Mountaineers in scoring, efficiently shooting 4-7 from the field and 5-6 from the line to finish with a career-high 14 points. 

Junior guard Pre Stanley also posted a statline of 12 points, five rebounds and four steals. Senior forward Bayley Plummer grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds, and senior guard Ashley Polacek dished out four assists. 

After trailing 48-34 with just under 7 minutes left in the game, the Mountaineers caught momentum in transition, quickly going on an 11-0 run, and cutting the deficit to three points. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns followed the run by hitting four-straight free throws, pushing the lead to seven with just over a minute left in regulation. The Mountaineers cut the deficit down to five, but were ultimately unable to catch up. 

App State turned the ball over 10 times, the fewest amount of turnovers forced by Louisiana all season. The Mountaineers also shot an efficient 14-18 from the charity stripe. 

Ty’Reona Doucet led Louisiana in scoring, tallying 18 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Brandi Williams and Jomyra Mathis rounded out the Cajuns’ scoring, with 12 points and 11 points respectively. 

App State falls to 9-18 and 6-10 in conference play, while the Ragin’ Cajuns move to 16-10 and 9-6 in the Sun Belt. 

The Mountaineers will host ULM on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the final home game of the season. The team will honor seniors Nicola Matthews, Kaila Craven, Armani Hampton, Polacek and Plummer.