Women's Basketball Set to Defend Title
NORFOLK, Va. (March 7, 2017) – North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team secured the seventh seed in the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament and will play their first-round game against No. 10 N.C. Central on Tuesday, Mar. 7 in Norfolk, Va. at Scope Arena at 2 p.m. The Aggies enter the tournament in hopes of defending their 2016 MEAC title.
The Aggies final regular season game ended a 14-game win streak over the Eagles as N.C. Central defeated the Aggies in Corbett Sports Center 54-58 for their first win in Greensboro since the 2000 season. Overall, the Aggies would stand at 12-17 and 8-8 in MEAC play entering the tournament.
Over their 29-game season, N.C. A&T averaged 60 points per game and are shot 34.8 percent from the floor to rank fifth in the conference. The team averages 11.5 assists per game, led by graduate guard Aliyah Kilpatrick who averages 3.0 per game. Kilpatrick also stands as the Aggies leading scorer, putting away 11.6 points per game, followed by senior Dana Brown with 11.3. One of the Aggies greatest strengths comes in the offensive rebounds where they stand in second in the MEAC averaging 16.9 rebounds per game. Defensively they average 26.1. Freshman center Alexus Lessears is a force for the Aggies under the net, averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.
On the other side of the court, N.C. Central (8-20, 7-9 MEAC) averages 50.1 points per game, but leads the conference with a 69.9 percent from the line. The Eagles also average 8.9 assists, 13.1 offensive rebounds and 23.9 defensive rebounds per game. Senior Morgan Jones leads N.C. Central in scoring, grabbing 13.7 points per game to rank fifth in the conference. She also leads the conference in free throws, making 83 percent of her shots.
If N.C. A&T comes out victorious in the Tuesday matchup, they will face No. 2 seed Howard on Wed., March 8 at 2 p.m. During the regular season, N.C. A&T went 1-1 against the Bison, winning at home 63-55, but coming up a little short in Washington, D.C. 61-69 on Feb. 18.