State Tigers (7-20, 2-12 MEAC) at North Carolina A&T Aggies (19-8, 11-3
Date: March 4, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: A&T leads, 5-1
PROBABLE STARTERS: G Ariel Bursey (5-10 So., 6.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg,1.5 apg); G Amber Calvin (5-8 RJr., 10.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg); F Tracy King (5-10 Jr., 10.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg); F JaQuayla Berry (5-11 Sr., 12.4 ppg, 6.3 rbg, 1.3 apg); C Eboni Ross (6-2 RFr., 7.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.4 apg)
CHIT CHAT: Seniors JaQuayla Berry and Nikia Gorham are one game away from achieving a goal they have not accomplished since their freshman years, winning 20 games in a season. The Aggies recorded their fourth come-from-behind victory and 19th win of the year on Saturday, rallying from being down by eight early in the second half to win 59-54 against S.C. State on Senior Day. The Aggies had four players record double-figures in the contest, including a team-best 13 from sophomore Ariel Bursey, 12 apiece from Tracy King and Adriana Nazario and 11 points from redshirt freshman Eboni Ross. The victory kept the Aggies' second-place standing in the conference secure. The Aggies will be looking to finish the season in second place, which would give them an opening bye in the MEAC Championship Tournament. After facing Savannah State on Monday, the Aggies will finish the regular season on March 7 at Norfolk State, before heading back to Norfolk, Va., for the conference tournament.
From the Coach
"Tonight, I told the ladies, 'It's about the seniors and making sure we send them off the right way.' We have two games left to do that."
A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson after Saturday's 59-54 win over S.C. State
It's A "Lock": After a slow first-half, the Aggies shot 56 percent in the second half on Saturday to pick up the win against S.C. State. The Aggies have won eight games when they have shot 50 percent or better in the second half this season.
The Opponent: The Tigers have dropped their last five games after losing to N.C. Central 33-29 on Saturday. Ezinne Kalu, who had been leading the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game, sustained a season-ending knee injury in a game at Florida on Dec. 20. The Tigers have gone 2-13 since losing Kalu. Forward Erin Hogue is averaging a team-best 11.8 points and 9.7 rebounds this season.
Potential Gameday Star Power: North Carolina A&T: Redshirt junior Amber Calvin loves playing against the Tigers. In three games against Savannah State, she has totaled 68 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals. She led the team with 24 points in the last meeting against the Tigers on Feb. 18. Savannah State: Erin Hogue recorded her 11th double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Tigers in Saturday's game at N.C. Central. She nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds against A&T on Feb. 18.
The Magic Number for A&T: 20: The Aggies have not won 20 games in a season since 2009-10, when they finished the year 23-11 with a trip to the WNIT. The Aggies are looking to reach that victory benchmark this season.
FROM THE NOTES:
Redshirt freshman Eboni Ross was a rebound short of her second straight double-double on Saturday, recording 11 points and nine rebounds. She has recorded double-figures in her last five consecutive games.
Sophomore Ariel Bursey's 13 points against S.C. State matched a career-best.