Aggie Women Fall to Harvard
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (November, 26, 2017) – Another slow start for the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team proved to be the difference in a 64-60 loss to Harvard University on Sunday in the John Paul Jones Arena on the final day of the Cavalier Classic. The Aggies trailed by seven after the first quarter and were never able to overcome the deficit.
“I thought we had good focus today, but Harvard was a more disciplined team,” said Aggies head coach Tarrell Robinson. “It was exciting to see us go 12-for-12 from the foul line but without C’Coriea Foy being able to play really hurt us. It was a hard-fought game.
We have to get better in a lot of aspects, offensively and defensively, and I hope this tournament gives our ladies that mentality of what we do in practice has to be taken seriously. I thought today’s performance was better than yesterday in terms of effort and just competing.”
Sophomore Alexus Lessears was named to the Cavalier Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 13.0 rebounds and 10.5 points against Duquesne and Harvard. She had a team-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points against the Crimson.
Foy played only 17 minutes and still led the Aggies in scoring with 14 points making a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Senior Kala Green was the other double-figure scorer with 10 points and three assists off the bench.
Sophomore Shantell Bostick got her first start of the season and scored nine points and dished out a team-high four assists with three steals. The Aggie bench exploded for 27 points with senior Quenswayla Story scoring eight points and sophomore Chrishyanah Alston adding seven.
The Aggies bench paced the scoring early on with Alston and Story both scoring four points each in the first quarter. Foy opened the period with a 3-pointer giving the Aggies a 3-2 advantage but sat the rest of the half after picking up a pair of fouls. Harvard took an 18-11 lead into the second period making eight field goals to only four by the Aggies.
Bostick played aggressive over the first five minutes of the second period. She scored nine points by driving to the basket forcing her way into the paint converting on 4 of 6 shots. The Aggies fought back and trailed the Crimson, 25-24, by the 4:48 mark after a steal by Bostick and a layup by sophomore CInia McCray. After turnovers by both teams, Harvard took a three-point lead but graduate Jade Scaife answered for the Aggies bringing the deficit back to one, 27-26. The Crimson ended the first half with a layup and a 3-pointer, taking a 33-28 lead into halftime. N.C. A&T outscored Harvard 17-15 in the second quarter while their bench also outscored the Crimson 10-7.
Foy led the Aggies with nine points in the third quarter making all six of her free throws. N.C. A&T struggled once again from the field with only five made shots on 22 percent shooting. The closest the Aggies got was four, twice during the period. Alston converted a 3-point play at the 4:46 mark and then with 1:58 to go a shot from behind the arc by Foy followed by Story’s jumper brought the score to 51-47.
In the final period, Green paced the scoring with seven points and her 3-pointer with 1:19 left in regulation cut the Crimson lead to 62-48. The Aggies went on a late run as Green made it 63-60 with 14 seconds left on a layup, but the Aggies could not get any closer.
The Aggies will play their third consecutive game away from the Corbett Sports Center with a matchup against UT Martin on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Martin, Tenn. at 7 p.m.