SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas State women's basketball team (8-8, 3-1 Sun Belt) struggled in a physical game, falling to the Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-7, 2-2 Sun Belt) by a score of 62-49 on Saturday afternoon inside Strahan Arena.

Senior guard Toshua Leavitt scored 11 points and collected four steals in the loss. Her ninth point of the game moved her into 10th on the all-time Texas State scoring list. She surpassed Ashley Ezeh (2010-14) to move into the top-10. Leavitt has scored 1,313 points in her time with the Maroon and Gold.

"Needless to say, I am disappointed in the game and I know the players are as well," head coach Zenarae Antoine said. "I knew that Appalachian State was a very good team. They beat us soundly today which is a testament to where they have taken their program."

Aside from Leavitt, only junior guard Brooke Holle reached double figures in the scoring column. She scored a team-best 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor and added six rebounds. Senior forward Zandra Emanuel narrowly missed a double-double by registering nine points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of run.

The Mountaineers posted two double-digit scoring efforts in junior guard Ashley Polacek and senior forward Madi Story. Polacek scored a game-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the 3-point line, while Story added 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Cats struck first when Leavitt buried a long 3-point attempt 53 seconds into the game. However, Appalachian State countered with seven-straight points. The remainder of the first quarter was a back-and-forth struggle before junior guard Nicola Mathews connected on a deep 3-point field goal at the buzzer to give the visiting team the 17-13 lead after 10 minutes. Texas State never led in the second quarter and trailed 32-25 at the break.

Emanuel sparked a mini 5-0 run to begin the third quarter after an offensive rebound ended up in the hands of Holle, who then whipped a pass underneath to Emanuel for the easy layup. On the ensuing possession, junior guard Bailey Holle drained a wing 3-pointer to pull the score to 32-30. Texas State pulled within one point with 5:13 to play in the third quarter, but App answered with back-to-back buckets to extend the lead back to six points at the 3:55 mark in the third. By quarter's end, the score stood at 44-40 in favor of Appalachian State.

The Mountaineers opened the fourth quarter by scoring 15 of the first 18 points to break the game open. App hit four 3-point field goals in the first 5:42 of the quarter as the four-point lead ballooned into a 16-point edge with 4:18 to play. Texas State was unable to withstand the long-range barrage and fell by the final score of 62-49.