NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Redshirt sophomore Christina Carter scored 28 points on 12-for-16 shooting to lead the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team to a 74-49 victory of Georgia State in the consolation round of the preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament at William R. Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin.
Carter’s night also included eight assists and four rebounds. Senior Tracy King added 22 points, six rebounds and five steals as the Aggies shot 46 percent from the floor.
It took the Aggies four minutes to score their first field goal. Once they got cook, however, they were dominant. Redshirt sophomore center Aprill McRae tied the game at 7 on a free throw. From there, the Aggies went on a 13-2 run led by King’s eight points during the run as A&T took a 20-9 lead with 7:13 remaining in the first half.
“I thought we did a great job defensively in the first half, thought we fell off a little bit in the second,” said A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson. “I’m still trying to get adjusted with the new rules in terms of fouls, and we keep getting teams in the bonus early so we have to get better with that, but it was great effort.”
The Panthers got back to within six at 22-16 with five minutes to go in the first half. But Carter got the Aggies back on track by completing a 3-point play. Carter followed that with a 3-pointer as the Aggies scored the final 12 points of the first half to take a commanding 34-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
“Christina Carter and Tracy King played lights out for us with other players being in foul trouble,” said Robinson. “I think we can do a little bit better job executing on the offensive end, which we will work on. We’re excited about being here and excited about whoever we will be playing in the championship round.”
The Aggies continued to dominate in all areas of the second half and Carter gave the Aggies their largest lead, 70-41, on a made free throw with 3:50 remaining in the game.
The Aggies (1-1) will play the final game on Saturday, which will start at 7 p.m., against Stetson or Stephen F. Austin.