Women's Basketball Goes For Ninth Straight Win
North Carolina A&T (12-7,7-0 MEAC) vs. Hampton (9-11, 5-2 MEAC); Delaware State (4-17, 3-5 MEAC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018; Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Time: 2 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: Hampton leads 25-14, Delaware State series tied 34-34
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Quenswayla Story (6-1, Sr., 5.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg); G Mikaya Wilson (5-6, So., 3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg); G Kala Green (5-9, So., 12.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg); G C’Coriea Foy (6-0, So., 13.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, so., 7.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T State went perfect through the month of January posting eight wins including seven victories against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents. The Aggies will host Hampton on Saturday afternoon in Corbet Sports Center and then will play Delaware State for the second time this season on Monday at home. Hampton has won three straight over N.C. A&T and two straight in Corbett. During his six-year tenure at N.C. A&T, Tarrell Robinson has never defeated the Pirates in four previous tries during the regular season. The Aggies picked up a 66-48 victory in their MEAC opener at Delaware State extending their win streak to seven straight over the Hornets. Kala Green scored 16 points, C’Coriea Foy had 14 points and Alexus Lessears scored 11 points with nine rebounds and blocked four shots. Le’on Hill recorded a game-high 11 rebounds.
HAMPTON OVERVIEW: Hampton picked up a win their last time out defeating Coppin State 67-35 on Wednesday and are sitting tied for fourth place in the MEAC standings. Under the direction of eight-year head coach David Six, Hampton has won six MEAC titles including last season’s championship in which they defeated the Aggies in the semifinals. This season, the Pirates rank No. 5 in turnover margin (7.80), No. 7 in steals per game (12.9), No. 9 in steals (258) and No. 11 in turnovers forced (22.45). HU leads the MEAC in assists turnover ratio (0.88) as well as the five of the six categories they are nationally ranked in. Hampton’s top-three scorers are Monnazjea Finney Smith’s (12.0 ppg) Alina Starr (10.6 ppg) and Jephany Brown (10.6 ppg). K’lynn Willis is close to averaging double figures at 9.3 per game. Finney-Smith leads the conference in 3-point field goals made (2.7), Starr is second in assists (4.4) and Willis is second in steals (2.7).
DELAWARE STATE OVERVIEW: Delaware State has won two straight in MEAC play with wins at Morgan State (62-54) and against Savannah State (93-79) after dropping four conference games in a row. The Hornets are No. 4 in the MEAC in turnovers per game (17.6) and No. 6 in both 3-point field goals made (98) and steals per game (8.7). Lanayjha Ashe is their top scorer, averaging 10.7 points while Ryan Jones averages 9.1 per game. Ashe ranks seventh in steals (2.1) and eighth in assists (3.2). NaJai Pollard scored 13 points while Ashe added 12 points for the Hornets in their first meeting against the Aggies in Memorial Hall.
LAST TIME OUT
The high scoring duo of Kala Green and C’Coriea Foy registered their 13th double-digit performances of the season leading the Aggies to their eighth consecutive victory, 53-51 against Norfolk State on Wednesday. The Aggies used a second-half rally and committed a season-low 10 turnovers. Green finished with a game-high 14 points and Foy added 10 as N.C. A&T won their fifth straight game at home and their win keeps them tied for first place in the conference with Bethune-Cookman. Alexus Lessears had her sixth double-figure rebounding game finishing with 14, three blocks and two steals. Shantell Bostick led the bench surge with eight points, three rebounds and three steals.
NEWS & NOTES
- Nationally, the Aggies are ranked in the top-50 in five categories; third in turnovers (24.06), 15th in offensive rebounds per game (16.0), 22nd in rebounds per game (42.94), 24th in turnover margin (5.39) and 48th in steals per game (10.2). N.C. A&T ranks first in the MEAC in seven categories; scoring offense (67.4), assists (273), assists per game, turnovers forced, rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game, and assists per game.
- Amongst the MEAC, C’Coriea Foy is third in steals per game (2.61), fifth in both steals (47) and field goal attempts (281). Alexus Lessears ranks second in rebounds per game (8.9, third in total rebound (161) and ninth in blocked shots (1.11). Shantell Bostick is fourth in assists turnover ratio (1.26).
- The Aggies are on their longest winning streak since the 2014-15 season when they ran off 11 in a row toward the end of the season. They are 7-0 in the league for the first time since the 2009-10 season when they started conference play 12-0 and finished regular-season champions at 14-2.