Aggies Look to Reclaim Home Court Advantage
North Carolina A&T (1-2) vs. Appalachian State (0-4)
Date(s): Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Time(s): 5:30 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: Appalachian State leads 2-1
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Le’on Hill (6-2, So., 2.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, So., 4.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg); G Cinia McCray (5-9, So., 13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg); G C’Coriea Foy (6-0, So., 13.0 ppg, 2.7 apg); G Kala Green (5-9, Sr., 10.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T returns to action against Appalachian State on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Aggies are looking to end a two-game skid suffering defeats to Elon at home on Monday (90-59) and at Auburn (63-53) on Thursday. N.C. A&T’s turnover margin (plus-1.67) ranks fourth in the MEAC while their scoring defense ranks fifth, holding opponents to 67.3 points. Cinia McCray and C’Coriea Foy are ranked 16th and 17th amongst MEAC scorers. McCray is also ninth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.3), while Kala Green is fifth in free throw percentage (.857) and 10th in minutes played (33.0). Alexus Lessears is 10th in rebounding.
APPALACHIAN STATE OVERVIEW: Appalachian State dropped a close 59-57 decision to Davidson at home on Sunday. Lainey Gosnell scored a team-best 20 points with nine rebounds while Bayley Plummer grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out four assists. Kaila Craven led their bench scoring with 15 points. Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Angel Elderkin, App State went 12-19 last season with a 6-12 finish in the Sun Belt. Tierra Wilson leads the team in scoring at 10.8 points. She shoots 32 percent from the field, and has made a team-high seven 3-pointers. Bayley Plummer averages 13.5 rebounds and Nicola Matthews averages 2.7 assists per game.
N.C. A&T vs. APPALACHIAN STATE: N.C. A&T went to the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C. for their last meeting on Nov. 30, 2016 losing 71-58. The Aggies won the first-ever meeting between the two schools, 62-43 on Dec. 4, 2013.
LAST TIME OUT: The Aggies 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 Auburn pulled away late for a 63-53 victory. Cinia McCray led the Aggies in scoring for the second time this season with 14 points, draining three 3-point field goals. Kala Green had a season-high 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field and added a pair of 3-pointers. C’Coriea Foy had eight points, a team-high five assists and converted 4-for-6 from the line. Alexus Lessears and Quenswayla Story both grabbed five rebounds while Shantell Bostick dished out three assists.
UP NEXT: The Aggies travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the Cavalier Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 25 against Duquesne and Sunday, Nov. 26 against Harvard. N.C. A&T remains on the road for their next game at UT Martin on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Martin, Tenn. at 6 p.m.