GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team suffered its first loss at Corbett Sports Center after it dropped a 59-50 decision to Coppin State, Monday evening.
The Aggies (14-4 overall) dropped to 5-2 in the MEAC, while the Eagles (9-10) improved to 6-1 in the league.
“I give a lot of credit to coach Derek Brown and his team for coming in here tonight and beating us,” head coach Tarrell Robinson said. “We didn’t take care of business. We won the battle on the boards, but we didn’t have anything to show for it offensively.”
Senior forward Tracy King recorded a double-double with a game-leading 22 points and 10 rebounds. She also became the 14th player in program history to score 1,000 points and now has a career total of 1,004 points.
“Tracy has continued to be a leader for us,” Robinson said. “She has had a great season so far for us. I know she’s upset about this loss but being the kind of leader I know she is, she’ll pick her teammates up and we’ll move on.”
Coppin State took a 28-26 halftime lead and wasted no time starting the second half with jumper from Kyra Coleman. But a layup from Ross and a 3-pointer from Debbie Smith gave A&T a 31-30 edge with 17:42 left in the game. A three by King from Bursey pushed the Aggies up 34-32 but the Eagles answered and tied the game with a layup at the 13:39 mark.
The Aggies offense began to fade and went cold as Coppin State used that time get off a 12-2 run, giving it the 46-36 advantage with under seven minutes to play. The Aggies put together an 8-2 run capped off by a three from King, cutting their deficit to 48-44 with 3:25 left. That was the closest A&T got to Coppin State as it continued to control the remainder of the game.
In the first half, the Aggies were leading 14-10 but Coleman scored four consecutive points to tie the game at 14 with 12:33 in the half. A&T never regained the advantage but managed to tie it with a pair of free throws from King with 2:36 remaining.
Coppin State placed three players in double figures led by Coleman who finished with 18 points. Larissa Carter notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Janelle Lane also finished with 10 points for the Eagles.
The Aggies will return back to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 when it visits UMES for a MEAC game starting at 2 p.m.