North Carolina A&T Aggies (11-3, 1-1) vs. Delaware State Hornets (4-12, 0-5)
Date: Monday, Jan. 20
Time: 4 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, Redshirt-Sophomore, 11.6 ppg) F Kenya Hailey (6-1, Freshman, 1.2 ppg), G Debbie Smith (5-10, Redshirt-junior, 8.3 ppg), C Aprill McRae (6-3, Redshirt-Sophomore, 7.4 ppg), F DeAndra Davis (5-10, Senior, 5.5 ppg)
Aggies Overview: After a week off, the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team returns home to host Delaware State in a MEAC matchup. The Aggies have proven that they are unbeatable this season at Corbett Sports Center where they own a 5-0 record. Since opening the conference season, A&T has went 1-1 in the MEAC. It will look to rebound against the Hornets after falling at Florida A&M, where it was haunted at the free throw line and by turnovers, causing it to snap its four-game winning streak. A&T has played some of its best basketball in the confines of Corbett where they are averaging 70.8 points per game. The Aggies have been led by senior forward Tracy King (12.7 ppg) and redshirt sophomore guard Christina Carter (11.6 ppg) but redshirt junior guard Debbie Smith has directed them in MEAC contests, scoring 13.0 points per game. A&T’s defense tops the league, holding its opponents to 56.5 points a game. Their defense will have to be established early to stop Delaware State who has three players scoring in double-figures.
Hornets Overview: Delaware State will be looking for its first MEAC win of the season on Monday. Two of the Hornets wins have been overtime victories as they are paced by dual-threat Tierra Hawkins. Hawkins is third in the league in scoring (21.4) and second in rebounds (9.9). She is also shooting a team-high 52.9 percent from the field and leads her team in blocks (14). Raven Bankston (17.3 ppg) and Deanna Harmon (10.4 ppg) round out the double-figure scorers for the Hornets. In its last five games, Delaware State has averaged 57.4 points a game and their opponents have averaged 72.2 points. The Hornets have also had a hard time winning on the road this season as they have tabbed a 1-8 mark away from Dover.
Potential Star: Smith has been the Aggies sixth woman and has added more life to their offense. Her impressive 3-point shooting along with her ability to spread the ball around has given A&T that extra spark in games.
News & Notes:
*The Aggies have defeated the Hornets in their last two meetings. In their last game on Feb. 2, 2013 at Memorial Hall, Ross finished with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
*A&T has held its opponents to an average of 47.0 points per game at Corbett Sports Center this season.
*Delaware State is one of three teams (UMES, Morgan State) looking for its first conference win.