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A&T Begins MEAC Play At Bethune-Cookman

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 01/09/2014
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Ariel Bursey leads the Aggies in 3-pointers with 13 this season. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey.
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

North Carolina A&T Aggies (10-2, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (3-11, 0-2 MEAC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 11
Time: 2 p.m.
Facility: Moore Gymnasium

Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, R-So., 11.9 ppg, 4.7 apg) F Tracy King (5-10, Sr., 13.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg), G Ariel Bursey (5-10, Jr., 8.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg), F Eboni Ross (6-3, R-So., 7.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg), G DeAndra Davis (5-10, Sr., 5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg)

Aggies Overview: After a strong and successful non-conference schedule, the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team is ready to open league play on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman. The Aggies have won their last three games with two of those games being on the road, and have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 11.5. A&T tops the conference in scoring offense (68.2 ppg) and along with its top-ranked defense that has held its opponents to 56.8 points per. King enters the conference schedule leading the Aggies in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 ppg) along with Ross. A&T has forced 291 turnovers and recorded 133 steals. Carter has averaged 11.9 points per game and dished out 56 assists for the Aggies in her first year. A&T will conclude its Florida trip by visiting Florida A&M in Tallahassee on Monday, Jan. 13. Game-time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Wildcats Overview: Bethune-Cookman is on a four-game losing streak and is 0-2 in the MEAC. The Wildcats have conference losses to Norfolk State (74-61) and Hampton (43-35). BCU is averaging 56.1 points per game and is led by senior guard Chastity Taylor who is eighth in the league in scoring (16.4 ppg). Taylor is the only double-digit scorer for the Wildcats and leads her team in 3-pointers with 32 (.314). Redshirt senior guard Shakeyia Colyer has recorded a team-high 38 assists and 17 steals while averaging 9.7 ppg. On the defensive end, redshirt freshman center Kailyn Williams is grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game and has tallied 39 blocks (2.7 bpg) which leads the MEAC.

Potential Star: King's consistency has helped the Aggies and led them to a great showing during the non-conference schedule. She started off the season scoring in double-figures in six straight games. She has averaged 14.0 points in her last three games along with 7.6 rebounds. 

News & Notes:

*The Aggies split with the Wildcats last season, dropping the first game 69-64 in Daytona Beach on Jan. 12, 2012 where King led them with 18 points. A&T won the second game of the season against BCU, 56-31, at Corbett Sports Center on Feb. 9, 2012.

*A&T leads the MEAC in scoring offense (68.2 ppg), scoring defense (56.8 ppg), scoring margin (+11.5) field goal percentage (.421), steals (11.1 spg), rebounding defense (36.1 rpg), and turnover margin (+7.0).

*King tops the conference in steals (3.6) and has recorded at least one steal in 13 consecutive games. Carter is third in assists averaging 4.7 per game.    

From the Coach: “Non-conference records are thrown out the window when conference starts. We haven’t played in a conference game and Bethune has. Right now we’re at the bottom and we’re trying to get back to the top. Last year we came off a pretty good non-conference schedule and loss to Bethune in our second conference game. I want to make sure that our players understand that and remind the ones that weren’t here last year that we have to go down there and take care of business. My seniors and captains DeAndra Davis and Tracy King are constantly reminding them and making sure they’re prepared.” From head coach Tarrell Robinson

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