North Carolina A&T Aggies (2-1) vs. Davidson Wildcats (2-2)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, Redshirt-Sophomore, 17.3 ppg) G Tracy King (5-10, Senior, 15.7 ppg), G Ariel Bursey (5-10, Junior, 7.0 ppg), G DeAndra Davis (5-10, Senior, 6.0 ppg), C Aprill McRae (6-3, Redshirt-Sophomore, 7.3 ppg)
Aggies Overview: The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball season will open its official 2013-14 home schedule when it faces Davidson for the first time in program history on Thursday. The Aggies wrapped up the Preseason WNIT with a 2-1 record in a competitive field by defeating Stetson 73-68 and Georgia State 74-49. The Aggies only loss in the tournament was a 77-63 decision against Quinnipiac. A&T has been explosive on offense as it has averaged 70.0 points per game in its last three games. The Aggies have seen a considerable amount of production from Carter who has led them in scoring in the last two games. Carter dropped 28 points against Georgia State and 16 against Stetson. She also leads the team in assists (17) and is shooting a team-high 58.8 percent from the floor. King has scored in double-figures in every game this season and recorded 22 against Stetson. She heads the defense with 6.3 rebounds per game and 11 steals.
Davidson Overview: The Wildcats are on a two-game losing streak after facing a 91-76 loss to Winthrop and a 69-66 setback to Wake Forest on the road. Davidson is recording 75.5 points per game with four players averaging double-figures. Junior forward Hannah Early has averaged 19.8 ppg and leads Davidson in blocks with seven. Early is shooting a team-high 48.4 percent from the floor and 58.2 percent from the 3-point range. Senior guard Laura Murray has recorded 18.8 ppg along with 14 steals. Sophomore forward Dakota Dukes (14.8 ppg) and senior guard Shneeka Center (10.8 ppg) round out Davidson’s offense. Dukes has grabbed 8.8 rebounds per game and is the team’s best free throw shooter (81.3 percent). Early has led the Wildcats in scoring in two games while Murray and Dukes have also posted top numbers for them.
Potential Star: Carter has been the Aggies go-to player in the last two games where she has averaged 22 points. However A&T will need a balanced attack on offense and defense to take down Davidson.
News & Notes:
- The Aggies are 2-2 in home-openers in the past four seasons.
- Last season the Aggies posted a 12-2 home record at Corbett Sports Center.
- Davidson is 2-1 on the road to open the season.
From the Coach
“With what we did in the Preseason WNIT, I think coming home it gives a sense of confidence. We’ve been playing on the road and now that we get to play in our gym it’s a good feeling. I expect a few nervous jitters in the beginning but I expect a high performance. I anticipate DeAndra Davis and Debbie Smith to pick up the slack in some areas. We’re glad to have Eboni Ross back. Again I anticipate a good game and those players to really make an impact. ” A&T head basketball coach Tarrell Robinson