North Carolina A&T (3-6) vs. Western Carolina (2-8)
Date: Monday, Dec. 19, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: The all-time series is tied, 5-5
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Le’on Hill (6-2, So., 2.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Cinia McCray (5-7, So., 9.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg); G Shantell Bostick (5-7, So., 6.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg); G C’Coriea Foy (6-0, R-So., 13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, So., 7.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T will take on Western Carolina in the Corbett Sports Center as a part of Education Day. Recently, the Aggies nearly pulled off one of the most significant wins in program history in their last game against Georgia, from one of the most prestigious conference in the country, the SEC, at home. Miscues down the stretch by the Aggies propelled the Bulldogs on top 73-63 on Thursday. Two Aggies are scoring in double figures led by C’Coriea Foy’s 13.2 points per game. Kala Green is second on the team averaging 11.9 points while also leading in minutes played at 30.0. Alexus Lessears averages 9.7 rebounds and Shantell Bostick is tops in assists with 3.4 per game. The last meeting between the two teams was played during the 1990-91 season. The Aggies have won the last five meetings in the series.
WESTERN CAROLINA OVERVIEW: Western Carolina has dropped all five road games this season, most recently losing at South Carolina State 75-45 on Saturday. Lauren LaPlant led the Catamounts in scoring for the second straight game with 13 points. Under the direction of third-year head coach Stephanie McCornick. WCU went 8-22 last season with a 3-11 finish in the SoCon. Sherae Bonner leads the SoCon in blocked shots (1.3) and ranks second in rebounds (8.1). She also leads her squad in scoring (10.1). LaPlant has made a team-high 13 3-pointers followed by Tess Harris’ 12 made threes. JonTay Mitchem averages 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals to lead her team. The Catamounts lead their league in 3-point field goal defense holding opponents to 26 percent shooting to rank 31st in the nation.
LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies trailed Power Five opponent Georgia 63-61 with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs pulled away late to down N.C. A&T at home 73-63 on Thursday. Kala Green registered a career-high 23 points coming off the bench hitting 6 of 11 3-pointers. Foy dished out a season-high seven assists while Cinia McCray added four assists. Quenswayla Story was the other Aggie double-figure scorer with 10 points and Alexus Lessears led the team in rebounds with seven. N.C. A&T posted 18 assists and had a season-low 11 turnovers against Georgia.
Following this Tuesday’s game against Western Carolina, the Aggies will have two games left on their schedule before opening MEAC play at home against Norfolk State on Saturday, Jan. 6. Next week, N.C. A&T travels to face Ohio on Thursday, Dec. 28, before hosting Saint Andrews in the Corbett Sports Center in their final non-conference matchup of the season on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
NEWS & NOTES
- The Aggies are 3-0 this season when leading with five minutes remaining and when shooting a better field goal percentage than opponents.
- N.C. A&T leads the MEAC in turnovers forced (24.11), turnover margin (5.56) and offensive rebounds per game (18.0). Nationally they are sixth in offensive rebounds per game, eighth in turnovers forced and 30th turnover margin and 59th in steals per game (10.3).
- Alexus Lessears led the Aggies in rebounding for the fifth consecutive game with seven against Georgia. Foy recorded seven assists and made two 3-pointers against Georgia. This was her fourth straight game with multiple 3-pointers.
- Kala Green ranks sixth in 3-point field goals made (1.8), 18th in the conference in scoring, 13th in 3-point field goals percentage (.333) and 14th in assists (2.7). Her six 3-pointers versus Georgia was a season-high for an Aggie.
- Le’on Hill has recorded five or more rebounds in six consecutive games for the Aggies including five against Georgia. Quenswayla Story scored a season-high 10 points on 5 of 11 made shots against Georgia.