North Carolina A&T Women’s Basketball (2-2) vs. Duquesne (3-2); Harvard (3-2)
Date(s): Saturday, Nov. 25; Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
Time(s): 4:30 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Facility: John Paul Jones Arena (Charlottesville, Va.)
Series: Duquesne leads 1-0; First meeting with Harvard
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Le’on Hill (6-2, So., 2.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg); G Cinia McCray (5-9, So., 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg); G Kala Green (5-9, Sr., 12.0 ppg, 3.8 apg); G C’Coriea Foy (6-0, R-So., 16.0 ppg, 3.3 apg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, So., 3.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T prepares for their first neutral site competition of the season playing in the Cavalier Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by the University of Virginia. Duquesne is up first while Harvard is slated for Sunday. The Aggies recorded season-highs in points (81), field goals made (28), field goal percentage (.444), 3-point field goals made (10), free-throws made (15), assists (21), steals (13) and blocked shots (4) snapping a two-game losing streak with an 81-56 win at home on Tuesday against Appalachian State. Three players scored in double figures paced by C’Coriea Foy’s game-high 25 points. N.C. A&T’s turnover margin (+5.0) rose to second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference while their scoring margin (-1.2), 3-point field goal percentage (.333), assists (13.0), steals (9.3) and 3-point field goals made (6.3) are all ranked fourth in the MEAC. Three players are averaging double figures in scoring led by Foy’s 16.0 points per game. Cinia McCray follows at 13.8 and Kala Green averages 12.0.
Duquesne took down Iona in their home opener on Tuesday, 80-59, with nine players scoring led by Chassidy Omograsso’s 19 points. Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Dan Burt, Duquesne went 18-16 last season with an 8-8 finish in the Atlantic 10. Four players are scoring in double figures led by Omogrosso’s 14.6 points. Julijana Vojinovic (14.0), Conor Richardson (14.2) and Kadri-Ann Lass (10.8) are the other three scorers for the Dukes. Eniko Kuttor leads the team in rebounding (8.8) and Vojinovic averaged 5.0 assists which is a team-best average.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST DUQUESNE
The Aggies and the Dukes first and only meeting with each other was in the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament on November 27, 2015 with Duquesne winning on the neutral site in Albuquerque, N.M., 81-67.
Harvard made 13 3-pointers pulling past Boston University, 80-70 at home on Tuesday. Taylor Rook led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Under the direction of 36-year head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard went 21-9 last season with an 8-6 finish in the Ivy League. Three players are scoring in double figures led by Katie Benzan’s 14.8 points. Madeline Raster (11.4) and Jeannie Boehm (10.2) are the other top scorers while Rooks leads the bunch in rebounding at 10.0 per game.
LAST TIME OUT
N.C. A&T ended a two-game losing streak with a convincing home win over in-state rival Appalachian State, 81-56 on Tuesday in the Corbett Sports Center. C’Coriea Foy finished with 25 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the floor and 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Kala Green added 17 points with a team-high five assists and Cinia McCray made 4 of 7 3-pointers finishing with 14 points.
NEWS & NOTES
- C’Coriea Foy is seventh in MEAC scoring (16.0), sixth in both free throw percentage (.800) and steals (2.5). She leads the Aggies in scoring, steals, field goals made (18), and blocked shots (1.0). Posted season-best in; points (25), steals (4), blocks (2), field goals made (9) and 3-pointers made (5) vs. Appalachian State.
- Cinia McCray is 13th in the conference in scoring (13.8) and third in 3-point field goals made (2.8). She made a team-high 11-for-27 3-pointers this season. She has scored in double figures in all games this season, posted a season-best four made 3-pointers with two steals while tying a season-high with three assists versus App State.
- Kala Green leads the team in free throw percentage (.833) while ranking fifth in the MEAC. She is 18th in the league in scoring (12.0), first on the team in minutes played (32.2) and second in assists (2.8). Green has scored in double figures in three straight games for the Aggies. Against Appalachian State, she posted season-highs in points (17), made free-throws (4), made field goals (6), assists (5) and rebounds (5).
- Shantell Bostick is the Aggies “sixth-man” and leads the team in assists (3.5) while ranking ninth in MEAC. She also leads the team in free throws made (3.3) and is second in steals (2.3). Bostick made 5 of 6 free throws (.833) and tied a season-high with four assists vs. App State.
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 6 p.m.