AUBURN, Ala. (November 16, 2017) – The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team dished out a season-high 11 assists and tied a season-best with six made 3-point field goals in their first road game of the season, but dropped 63-53 decision to Auburn at Auburn Arena on Thursday.
Sophomore Cinia McCray led the Aggies in scoring for the second time this season with 14 points, draining three 3-point field goals. Senior Kala Green had a season-high 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field and added a pair of 3-pointers. Sophomore C’Coriea Foy had eight points, a team-high five assists and converted 4-for-6 free throws. Sophomore Alexus Lessears and senior Quenswayla Story both grabbed five rebounds while sophomore Shantell Bostick dished out three assists.
McCray opened the second quarter for the Aggies with a 3-pointer to cut Auburn’s lead to 19-9. The Tigers came down and scored pushing their lead to 12 before N.C. A&T went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes. Green made a pair of free throws, McCray forced a turnover and scored on a layup in transition and Green followed with a 3-point play. Green continued the N.C. A&T run with a long range shot after a steal and an assist by Bostick bringing the Aggies to within two, 21-19.
The Tigers ended their four-minute scoring drought on a Janiah McKay layup at the 4:55 mark. Le’on Hill scored in the paint after grabbing an offensive rebound and McCray hit a 3-pointer to give the Aggies a 24-23 lead with 2:04 remaining in the half. Auburn ended the quarter with eight unanswered points, however, and carried a 31-24 advantage into halftime.
Auburn scored the first four points of the second half building their lead to double figures. A basket by Story ended Auburn’s 11-0 run going back to the second quarter to get the lead down to 34-26. The Aggies deficit was deepened again, however, when the Tigers outscored the Aggies 10-2 over the next three minutes. Two shots from behind the arc by Green and McCray in the final two minutes of the quarter highlighted the Aggies third period as the Aggies trailed 48-34.
The Tigers led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter and led by 17 as late the 4:30 mark of the fourth quarter. Foy had a tough three quarters against the Tiger defense, but her shot attempt with 4:04 remaining sparked a 7-0 run by the Aggies. The run included a Story three and four straight points from Lessears making it 59-51 with 2:16 on the clock.
The Tigers ran some clock as the Aggies missed their final two attempts from the field. The Aggies attacked the basket in the final frame sinking 8 of 12 free throws finishing the game on a positive note. Auburn was paced by McKay’s 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Daisa Alexander led their bench scoring with 12 points and Jessica Jones grabbed 10 rebounds.
N.C. A&T will play their third out of four home games to begin the season against Appalachian State on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m., in the Corbett Sports Center. Following their meeting with the Mountaineers the Aggies travel to Charlottesville, Va., for the Cavalier Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 25 against Duquesne and Sunday, Nov. 26 against Harvard.