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Team Effort Helps A&T Cruise By Morgan State

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 01/25/2014
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Temitope Oladele came off the bench to register a season-best 11 points and seven rebounds. Photo by Charles E. Watkins
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

GREENSBORO – Four players scored in double figures as the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team cruised to a 78-48 win over Morgan State Saturday evening at Corbett Sports Center.

The Aggies (14-3 overall) move to 4-1 in the MEAC and the Bears (2-16) fell to 0-5 in the conference.

A&T has played exceptionally well at home this season where they remain undefeated at 7-0 and have held their opponents to just an average of 47.0 points at Corbett Sports Center. Saturday was no different as the Aggies defense scored 27 points off turnovers, recorded 10 steals, and beat the Bears on the boards 56-39.

Redshirt junior Debbie Smith led A&T in scoring for the third time this season with a game-high 14 points. Senior forward Tracy King added 13 points, tallied five assists and four steals. Redshirt sophomore Aprill McRae finished with 11 points and led the Aggies in rebounds with eight. Junior center Temitope Oladele came off the bench to register a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds.

“The keyword tonight was team,” head coach Tarrell Robinson said. “I think everyone who played contributed. We did a great job defensively and that carried over from the first half to the second.  My hat goes off to Temitope Oladele who made the most of her 21 minutes tonight. It’s the most minutes she’s played all season, and she really impacted the game. She had a great overall game.”

A&T led 33-17 at the half and enjoyed a 19-6 run to bust open the game in the second half, taking a 52-23 lead after a layup from Smith with 14:23 remaining in the game. The Bears were never able to respond to such a substantial first-half deficit.

The Aggies opened the game on an 11-3 run until Danielle Robinson hit a 3-pointer to nip A&T’s lead to 11-6 with 15:26 remaining in the half. Smith’s baseline jumper at the 9:40 mark gave A&T its first double-digit lead, 22-11, which they held for the remainder of the half.

A&T took advantage down low and outscored Morgan State 38-10 in the paint. The Aggies bench also contributed significantly adding 34 points.

Tracy Carrington who is the MEAC’s top scorer, couldn’t handle A&T’s pressure and led the Bears with 13 points. Robinson finished with 11, and Ivy Harrington added 10 and eight rebounds.

“We wanted to limit Carrington’s touches,” Robinson said. “We know that she leads their offense but as far as this game, we wanted to move up in the conference standings. We plan on going undefeated at home this season. The energy that we get from our fans is important. We had a great crowd today but now we have to move on and get ready for Monday.”

The Aggies will host Coppin State on Monday, Jan. 27 beginning at 6 p.m.

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