North Carolina A&T Aggies (20-4, 10-2 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central Eagles (9-16, 4-8 MEAC)
Date: February 22, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Webstream: www.ncataggies.com; Play-by-Play: Spencer Gwynn; Color: Terry Cooper
Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, RSo., 10.5 ppg) F Tracy King (5-10, Sr., 13.9 ppg), G Ariel Bursey (5-10, Jr., 9.0 ppg), C Aprill McRae(6-3, RSo., 8.4 ppg), G DeAndra Davis (5-10, Sr., 5.6 ppg)
Aggies Overview: After notching their second straight 20-plus win season, the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team will continue to focus on the task at hand by facing their archrival, NCCU in anticipation of its seventh consecutive win. The Aggies’ defense has been relentless as it continues to move up in the national rankings and is now eighth in scoring defense (55.5). A&T will return back to Corbett on Saturday where it is 9-1 this season. At home, the Aggies are holding their opponents to 50.1 points per game. Senior Tracy King is coming off another balanced performance where she led A&T in scoring (17), rebounds (seven), and assists (five) in A&T’s 73-49 win against S.C. State on Monday. The Aggies displayed one of its best shooting performances of the season against the Bulldogs when it shot 50 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from behind the arc. Additionally the Aggies have placed at least three players in double digit scoring in the last six games.
Eagles Overview: NCCU has struggled on the road and posted a 5-9 record. The Eagles are coming off a 60-53 loss at Savannah State where redshirt senior Jessica Freeman scored 20 points. Freeman leads the Eagles in scoring (15.2) followed by junior Raquel Davis (13.6). NCCU has shot 36.4 percent from the floor this season and is averaging 39.4 rebounds a game. The Eagles’ defense is also led by Davis who is grabbing 8.9 rebounds per contest. Freeman has recorded a team-leading 62 steals as NCCU is averaging 19.4 turnovers a game.
News & Notes:
*The Aggies own a 16-5 all-time record over the Eagles.
*McRae was the only Aggie to score in double figures (20 pts) in A&T’s 59-47 win over NCCU on Jan. 22. A&T forced 19 turnovers in the win at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium
*The Aggies have defeated their opponents by an average of 17.9 points at Corbett Sports Center.
From the Coach: "Our last time against NCCU we didn’t put two halves together. Our defensive intensity decreased in the second half. That’s something we want to improve on at home. It’s always exciting to have a 20-win season. Having back-to-back 20-win seasons says that we’re doing a lot of things right and doing it with some consistency. My hat goes off to our players and staff for the job they’ve done so far. Our focus is still on winning a championship and not just making the postseason but advancing in the postseason..” Head coach Tarrell Robinson said about NCCU and A&T’s season.