EAST GREENSBORO (January 19, 2019) –North Carolina A&T women’s basketball has eight players on their 2018-19 roster who were a part of the Aggies 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championship runs.
But it is some of the young ladies who were not there for the title runs who are making huge contributions to another fast start in MEAC play. N.C. A&T freshman guard Charme Lilly scored 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field to lead the Aggies to a lopsided 62-29 win over Morgan State Saturday afternoon at Corbett Sports Center.
Two-time MEAC rookie of the week Rayven Peeples added eight points on 4-for-6 shooting. The Aggies (7-10, 4-0 MEAC) also got veteran help. Junior C’Coriea Foy added 15 points, seven rebounds
“Those are the young ladies who we must play off our bench,” N.C. A&T coach Tarrell Robinson said about his freshman talent. “Charme is doing what we recruited her to do – be an offensive punch. She is still figuring things out, but she has gotten a lot better defensively. She had a special day for us today.
Rayven Peeples continues to be someone we can count on to rebound, and we can throw the ball down to her in the post where she is a very effective scorer. We are still building Jasmen Walden’s and Taya Jones’ confidence because we know their skill set can help us too.”
Youngsters and upperclassmen were suffocating on the defensive end for N.C. A&T. They held the Bears (4-15, 2-3 MEAC) to 22.2 percent shooting. Morgan State had trouble all game trying to score over N.C. A&T lengthy post players in juniors Charnise Tyler, Le’on Hill and Alexus Lessears along with Peeples. The Aggies outrebounded the Bears 52-30.
The Aggies struggled offensively early in the game, but they held MSU to 2-for-12 shooting in the first quarter to take a 15-5 lead. N.C. A&T heated up offensively in the second quarter thanks in major part to Lilly who scored the Aggies first eight points of the second quarter culminating in a 3-pointer at the 4:55 mark to give the Aggies a 23-7 lead.
MSU went the final 3:27 of the first half without a point. N.C. A&T capitalized by going on an 8-0 run to the end the half. Peeples followed a Jones miss with 30 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Aggies a 33-12 lead at halftime. The Aggies shot 50 percent in the second quarter and 41.2 percent for the game.
“We came out with a lot of energy because the ladies are starting to understand what’s at stake now,” said Robinson. “We had a great crowd tonight and it was good to see our young women respond.”
The Bears only got the lead under 20 one time in the second half and that was on Jihayah Chavis’ bucket that made it a 33-14 game to open the second half. N.C. A&T proceeded to go on an 11-3 that was capped off by another Lilly 3-pointer that gave the Aggies a 44-17 advantage with 3:21 remaining in the third quarter.
“I’m really proud of our defense. Obviously, we have to get better offensively. We have so many weapons even at this time of year, they’re still trying to figure each other out. But we’ll take the win and get ready for Monday.”
Kayla Horn led the Bears with 11 points. The Aggies will host Coppin State on Martin Luther King Jr., Day 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21 at Corbett Sports Center.