North Carolina A&T Aggies (15-4, 5-2 MEAC) at Howard Bison (9-11, 5-2 MEAC)
Date: February 3, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Facility: Burr Gymnasium
Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, Redshirt-Sophomore, 10.8 ppg) F Tracy King (5-10, Senior, 13.4 ppg), G Ariel Bursey (5-10, Junior, 8.3 ppg), C Aprill McRae (6-3, Redshirt-Sophomore, 8.7 ppg), F Eboni Ross(6-3, Redshirt-Sophomore, 7.4 ppg)
Aggies Overview: The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team will complete its two-game road trip when it faces Howard on Monday. The Aggies and the Bison are both tied for fourth in the conference standings with a 5-2 record in the MEAC. A&T is coming off an incredible win over UMES that featured stellar shooting where four players tallied double figures. The Aggies used a second half eruption that featured 19 points from King to get by the Hawks. In road games, A&T is 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the league with its only road loss to Florida A&M. The Aggies offense is ranked third in the MEAC (65.7) and they continue to own the best defense which has held their opponents to 55.5 points per game.
Bison Overview: Howard is on a two-game winning streak after defeating NCCU 66-61 and Bethune-Cookman 47-45. The Bison are 5-2 at Burr Gymnasium this season. Howard is led by Te’Shya Heslip in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game. Heslip has also recorded a team-high 92 assists, 50 steals, and is one of the Bisons’ top rebounders (5.3). Victoria Gonzalez has averaged 11.2 points per game and is one of the league’s leading shot blockers with 29 on the season. Gonzalez is also grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game behind Shavonne Duckett who is averaging 5.9.
Potential Star: Bursey had a breakthrough performance in the Aggies last game. After what seemed to be a dry spell for the guard, it appears that Bursey may have found her rhythm again which can help A&T succeed against Howard.
News & Notes:
*The Bison are 44-25 all-time against the Aggies.
*A&T hasn’t won at Burr Gymnasium since the 2009-10 season where it defeated Howard 80-57.
*North Carolina A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson and Howard head coach Tennille Adams were both assistants under head coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs at A&T for two seasons.
From the Coach: “It’s bittersweet getting to play my best friend Tennille Adams. I’m excited about her first season at Howard. Hopefully the ladies are well-rested so the Aggies can do what we need to do to get a win.” Head coach Tarrell Robinson said about facing Howard on Monday