North Carolina A&T Aggies (4-1) vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-4)
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
Time: 6 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, Redshirt-Sophomore, 15.8 ppg) G Tracy King (5-10, Senior, 14.6 ppg), G Ariel Bursey (5-10, Junior, 9.0 ppg), G DeAndra Davis (5-10, Senior, 5.6 ppg), C Aprill McRae (6-3, Redshirt-Sophomore, 8.0 ppg)
Aggies Overview: The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team has jumped started its 2013-14 season with a 4-1 mark with the hopes of notching its fifth consecutive win against Appalachian State on Wednesday. This will be the first time A&T and Appalachian State have met since the 1989-90 season when the Mountaineers won 66-54 at Corbett Sports Center. The Aggies have had the home court advantage for their previous two games where they have defeated their opponents by nine points each. The Aggies defense has also accounted for 110 turnovers and 52 steals, while bringing down 34.6 rebounds per game. A&T has also held its opponents to 61.4 points a game which leads the MEAC. King has continued to provide steady senior leadership for A&T. Also aiding in the Aggie’s offense is Carter who is turning in a team-high 15.6 points per game. Carter is also A&T’s best shooter and is shooting 54.7 percent from the field and has dished out 26 assists.
Appalachian State Overview: The Mountaineers are seeking their first Division I win of the season when they face the Aggies. Appalachian State’s only win came at the hands of Lees-McRae a few weeks ago. The Mountaineers have not won on the road but are led by junior forward Maryah Syndor who is averaging 22.0 points per game. Syndor is the Mountaineers biggest threat as she also leads her team in rebounds (8.6) and free throw percentage (92.3). She is also second on the team in 3-pointers (21). Junior guard Katie Mallow is yielding 10.8 points per game which includes 23 3-pointers. Sophomore center KeKe Cooper (9.0 ppg) has recorded 12 blocks and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Mountaineers.
Potential Star: Carter has been a versatile player for the Aggies in her first season. She has led the team in scoring three times and her reliable performance has helped A&T to early success in the 2013-14 year.
News & Notes:
- The Aggies are 0-5 against the Mountaineers in program history.
- This will be A&T’s first meeting with Appalachian State in 23 years.
- The Aggies have taken four halftime leads over their opponents this season.
From the Coach
“Appalachian has talent. I know they want to win and we’re going to do everything we can not to be that first Division I win of the season. I’m pleased with our defense. My staff and I understand that on the offensive of the ball we have to get better. But our defense is what’s been getting it done for us.” A&T head basketball coach Tarrell Robinson