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A&T Women Looking For Fourth Straight

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 02/04/2013
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Sophomore Ariel Bursey looks to lead the Aggies to their fourth straight win.
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North Carolina A&T Aggies (13-7, 5-2 MEAC) at Delaware State Hornets (8-11, 5-1)

Date: February 4, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Facility: Memorial Hall
Series: Delaware State leads, 34-27

PROBABLE STARTERS: G Ariel Bursey (5-10 So., 5.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg,1.3 apg); G Amber Calvin (5-8 RJr., 10.3 ppg, 2.9 rbg, 2.2 apg); F Tracy King (5-10 Jr., 10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 apg); F JaQuayla Berry (5-11 Sr., 12.7 ppg, 6.8 rbg, 1.1 apg); C Eboni Ross (6-2 RFr., 5.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.3 apg)

CHIT CHAT:  The Aggies are coming into Monday night's game with a three-game winning streak, while the Hornets are on a five-game winning streak of their own.  In two of their last three games, the Aggies have up large halftime leads, which enabled them to sustain late runs by their opponents.  A&T had a 17-point first-half lead against Morgan State and a 15-point lead at UMES. They won both contests by double-figures.  The Aggies will look to get to a hot start and create a comfortable cushion again on Monday against the Hornets.  

From the Coach
"To me that's the most important thing is making sure they find a rhythm. The stuff we do and the versatility of our players, those shots are going to be available, so you want to knock them down."
A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson after Saturday's 67-55 win at UMES

It's A "Lock": The Aggies are 5-2 when both Tracy King and JaQuayla Berry score in double-digits this season.  The Aggies have won their last four conference games in which both starters had 10 or more points.   

The Opponent: Delaware State is under first-year head coach Tamika Louis.  The Hornets have won their last five games, including three on the road at UMES, Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M.  The Hornets defeated N.C. Central 58-49 on Saturday.  Redshirt sophomore Tierra Hawkins, the reigning MEAC Rookie of the Year, leads the team with an average of 18.1 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.  She has the third best scoring average in the conference.  Hawkins was named to the preseason All-MEAC first  team.   Junior Tasia Bristow is averaging 11.1 points for the Hornets this season. 

Potential Gameday Star Power: North Carolina A&T:  Senior JaQuayla Berry led the team with 23 points at UMES, including going 10-for-11 from the free throw line in the second half.  Berry is averaging 12.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in conference games this year.  Delaware State: Redshirt sophomore Tierra Hawkins has recorded double-doubles in her last two consecutive games, for an average of 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in that span.  She'll look to continue that streak on Monday against the Aggies.

The Magic Number for A&T: 70: The Aggies are 6-2 this season when they shoot 70 percent or better from the free throw line.  The Aggies shot a season-best 80 percent from the line on Saturday at UMES.  They recorded a season-high 27 free throws on Jan. 26 against Morgan State.  The Aggies are shooting 67.3 percent from the line this season.  

FROM THE NOTES:

In their last meeting on Jan. 30, 2012, the Aggies defeated the Hornets by 57-49.  In that contest, Adriana Nazario had 11 points for the Aggies.  Tierra Hawkins led the Hornets with 15 points.  Tracy King and JaQuayla Berry were injured and not available to play in the contest.

Amber Calvin had 13 points on Saturday at UMES for her 50th career double-figure scoring game.  JaQuayla Berry notched her 70th career double-figure scoring game on Saturday with a team-high 23 points.

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