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A&T Women Go After Sixth Straight Win

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 02/11/2013
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A&T guard Ariel Bursey has started the last seven games. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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Florida A&M (9-13, 6-3) at North Carolina A&T (15-7, 7-2 MEAC)
Date:
February 11, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: Florida A&M leads, 27-17

PROBABLE STARTERS: G Ariel Bursey (5-10 So., 5.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg,1.4 apg); G Amber Calvin (5-8 RJr., 10.3 ppg, 3.1 rbg, 2.0 apg); F Tracy King (5-10 Jr., 10.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg); F JaQuayla Berry (5-11 Sr., 12.9 ppg, 6.5 rbg, 1.2 apg); C Eboni Ross (6-2 RFr., 5.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.4 apg)

CHIT CHAT:  The Aggies have been cruising of late, winning their last five games.  Four of those last five victories have been by double-figures, and the Aggies have defeated their last two opponents by more than 20 points.  The Aggies will be looking to extend their winning streak to six games on Monday night against the Rattlers. The Aggies defeated the Rattlers in Tallahassee, Fla., 73-52 on Jan. 14.  In that contest, JaQuayla Berry and Tracy King each posted a double-double, and Eboni Ross contributed a season-high 17 points.  The Aggies held the Rattlers to just 17 first-half points.   

From the Coach
"Now we're one of the top teams so we've got to expect to get everybody's best game."
A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson after Saturday's 56-31 win over Bethune-Cookman

It's A "Lock": The Aggies are 5-0 in games when they have held their opponent to 20 or fewer points in the first half.  The Aggies are 5-1 in games when they have held their opponent to 50 or fewer points in a game.  A&T has held an opponent to under 35 total points twice this season (N.C. Central and Bethune-Cookman), which is the first time they have done that since the 1990-91 season (Bennett College and Bethune-Cookman). 

The Opponent: The Rattlers are coming into Corbett Sports Center following a 63-50 victory over N.C. Central on Saturday. The Rattlers are led by junior guard Jasmine Grice, who is averaging 22.0 points per game, which is second best in the MEAC.  Junior guard Kimberly Sparkman averages 14.8 points per game.  Florida A&M is averaging 62.4 points per game, but is allowing an average of 66.9 points to opponents.  The Rattlers were picked to finish fourth in the MEAC.    

Potential Gameday Star Power: North Carolina A&T:  Senior JaQuayla Berry led the team with 17 points in Saturday's victory over Bethune-Cookman, and posted a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds against Florida A&M on Jan. 14.  She has recorded double-figures in the last five straight games.  Florida A&M: Jasmine Grice has scored 20 or more points in 15 games this season, including six of the last seven contests.  She scored a team-high 28 points on 12-for-31 shooting against the Aggies on Jan. 14.  She'll be looking to lead the Rattlers again against A&T on Monday.

The Magic Number for A&T: 6: The Aggies are looking for their sixth straight win on Monday, which would match their longest winning streak from 2011-12.  The longest winning streak the Aggies have had in recent years is 11 consecutive games from Jan. 9-Feb. 13 during the 2009-10 season, when the Aggies won the MEAC regular-season championship with a 14-2 record.  With seven games remaining this season, the Aggies have a chance to match that conference record. 

FROM THE NOTES:

The Wildcats shot 29 percent from the floor in the game on Saturday, marking the eighth time this season that A&T has held an opponent to below 35 percent shooting.

The Aggies are holding MEAC opponents to an average of 52.0 points per game this season. Last year, MEAC opponents scored an average of 63.1 points against the Aggies.

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