Campbell (8-4) at North Carolina A&T Aggies (9-2)
Date: Monday, Jan. 6
Time: 6 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: Campbell leads 14-8
Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, Redshirt-Sophomore, 12.4 ppg) F Tracy King (5-10, Senior, 12.7 ppg), G Ariel Bursey (5-10, Junior, 8.6 ppg), F Eboni Ross (6-3, Redshirt-Sophomore, 7.7 ppg), C Aprill McRae (6-3, Redshirt-Sophomore, 9.0 ppg)
Aggies Overview: After being on the road for its last four games, the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team returns to Corbett Sports Center to host Campbell in its final non-conference game. A&T will meet its second Big South foe of the season after beating UNC Asheville 83-57 on Dec. 17. The Aggies have been perfect at home this season with a 4-0 mark and are averaging 73.0 points per game at Corbett Sports Center. A&T has seen its previous two games come down to the wire, winning both contests by a combined three points. Their ability to rise to the occasion has been tested but fortunately for the Aggies, their roster includes several players who can withstand the challenge. King, who has been a continual leader for A&T, has led them in scoring in its last two games. Against William & Mary, King led A&T in points (15), rebounds (nine), steals (five) and assists (four), making it a year since an Aggie accomplished that feat. Carter is the only other Aggie averaging double-figures in scoring. She leads the team in assists (4.5 apg) and is second on the team in 3-pointers (10) behind Bursey (11).
Campbell Overview: The Camels are coming off a 76-62 loss to High Point. Campbell has already started conference play and is off to a 3-2 mark in the Big South. Campbell faced MEAC opponent N.C. Central on Dec. 16 and seized a 56-45 win in Durham. The Camels are 2-4 on the road and are led by senior forward Roslyn Presley (11.2 ppg) and junior guard Kiera Gaines (11.1 ppg). Gaines also leads Campbell in rebounds (8.3) which is fourth in the Big South and assists (4.4) which is third. The Camels are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game and have held their opponents to 37.7. Campbell tops their conference in 3-point field goal percentage (40.2 percent) courtesy of senior guard Jessica Moore (44.2 percent) and junior guard D’Janelle Brown (42.6 percent).
Potential Star: King has led the Aggies in scoring six times this season. Along with her ability to score from all areas of the court, she also brings a defensive effort on the glass and in steals. She leads the Aggies in steals (38), which tops the MEAC.
News & Notes:
*The Aggies are 8-14 all-time against the Camels. A&T has won the last eight meetings. The last time these two teams played each other, the Aggies clinched a 72-54 win at Gore Arena on Dec. 20, 2008.
*A&T leads the MEAC in scoring offense (68.8 ppg), scoring defense (57.6 ppg), field goal percentage (42.6 percent), steals (11.1 spg), rebounding defense (35.9 rpg), and turnover margin (+7.00).
*The Aggies open conference play on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Bethune-Cookman.
From the Coach:
“Campbell is our last non-conference game and final preparation for MEAC league play. We’re excited about hosting one of the top mid-major programs in the state this year. Coach Wanda Watkins has done an excellent job at this point in the season. They are a very balanced team with inside and outside threats. We will have to play a lot better than we have in our last two games to defend our home court.”
North Carolina A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson on the Camels