No. 2 North Carolina A&T Aggies (23-5) vs. No. 7 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (12-17)
Date: March 12, 2014
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Facility: Norfolk Scope Arena
Probable Starters: G Christina Carter (5-8, RSo., 9.5 ppg) F Tracy King (5-10, Sr., 13.5 ppg), G Ariel Bursey (5-10, Jr., 8.9 ppg), C Aprill McRae(6-3, RSo., 8.8 ppg), G DeAndra Davis (5-10, Sr., 6.1 ppg)
Aggies Overview: After seeing its nine-game winning streak come to an end against regular-season champion Hampton in the regular-season finale, the second-seeded North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team will face No. 7 B-CU for the third time this season. The Aggies swept the Wildcats earlier in the season with a 69-55 win in Daytona Beach and a 66-35 victory at Corbett Sports Center. A&T held B-CU to an opponent-low 23.8 percent shooting, where it was just 10-for-47 from the field. In both matchups, A&T placed three players score in double figures behind Debbie Smith, King, Bursey, and Carter.
Wildcats Overview: B-CU is coming off a 64-55 win over No. 9 S.C. State on Tuesday. The Wildcats were led by Chasity Rene-Taylor and Kailyn Williams who scored 19 points each to knock the Bulldogs out of the tournament. Williams also posted a double-double with 10 rebounds and added a game-high four blocks. Taylor Houston finished with 11 points as Kayla Crawford grabbed 10 rebounds. Rene-Taylor has led B-CU in scoring, averaging 16.2 per game, followed by Shakeyia Colyer (11.8). The Wildcats are averaging 58.8 points a game
News & Notes:
*A&T’s scoring defense (54.8) is fifth in the nation and leads the league.
*The Aggies are 39-26 all-time against the Wildcats.
*The last time the Aggies lost in their opening round of the MEAC Tournament was on March 10, 2011 when it fell 82-72 to Howard.
From the Coach: "Playing a team for the third time means both teams are familiar with personnel and both coaching staffs are familiar with each other’s schemes. It should be an exciting game for our fans. We want to make sure we don’t take this Bethune-Cookman team coached by Vanessa Blair-Lewis lightly just because we won both regular season contests. Conference standings are out the window now. It’s about surviving and advancing at this point." Head coach Tarrell Robinson said about A&T’s opening game in the MEAC Tournament