North Carolina A&T (2-4) at UT Martin (2-3)
Date(s): Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Time(s): 7 p.m.
Facility: Elam Center
Series: N.C. A&T leads, 1-0
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Le’on Hill (6-2, So., 2.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G Cinia McCray (5-9, So., 10.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg); G Shantell Bostick (5-7, So., 7.2 ppg, 3.0 apg); G C’Coriea Foy (6-0, R-So., 13.5 ppg, 2.7 apg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, So., 6.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T wraps up a three-game road trip at UT Martin on Thursday. The Aggies have two wins in the month of November both at home against Georgia Southern and Appalachian State. They fell to Elon at Corbett Center and on the road to Auburn. They had neutral site losses to Duquesne and Harvard. Last weekend in a pair of losses, N.C. A&T went 12-for-12 on free throws against Harvard and against Duquesne they tallied a season-high 50 rebounds. Three players are averaging double-figure scoring led by redshirt sophomore C’Coriea Foy’s 13.5 points per game. Sophomore Cinia McCray and senior Kala Green are both averaging 10.8 points per game. The Aggies lead the conference in turnovers forced (24.8 per game) and are ranked ninth in the nation. Their plus-5.17 turnover margin remains second in the MEAC while their 64.6 percent free throw shooting, minus-3.6 scoring margin, 62.6 points per game and 31.8 percent 3-point shooting are all ranked fourth in the MEAC.
UT MARTIN OVERVIEW: UT Martin ended a two-game losing streak with a 62-54 come-from-behind win over Western Carolina on Sunday. The Skyhawks placed three players in double figures led by junior guard Emanye Robertson’s game-high 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds to go along with four steals and three assists. Sophomore Kendall Spray also tallied 12 points while senior Janekia Mason notched 12 points to round out the trio in double figures. Under the direction of head coach Kevin McMillan in his 10th season, the Skyhawks went 12-19 last season with an 8-8 finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. Five players are scoring in double figures led by Spray’s 14.0 points. Freshman Chelsey Perry (11.6), junior Myah Taylor (11.4), Robertson (10.4) and Mason (10.2) are the other scorers for the Skyhawks. Perry leads the team in rebounding (6.0) and Robertson has a team-best 15 assists this season.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST UT MARTIN
The Aggies defeated UT Martin 74-59 last season on Nov. 14, 2016 in the Corbett Sports Center.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Alexus Lessears was named to the all-tournament team at the Cavalier Classic after averaging 13.0 rebounds and 10.5 points in two games. She finished with a career-high 16 rebounds versus Duquesne. Harvard used a strong defensive stand in the first quarter and held on for a 64-60 win on Sunday. C’Coria Foy and Kala Green both scored in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Shantell Bostick made her first start of the season and scored nine points with a team-high four assists. The N.C. A&T bench exploded for a season-best 27 points with Quenswayla Story scoring eight points and Chrishyanah Alston adding seven.
The Aggies return to the Corbett Sports Center for three games in eight days. First is a matchup against in-state Division II school St. Augustine’s on Monday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Georgia from the SEC plays at Corbett on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m., and they close out the homestand against Western Carolina, Tuesday, Dec. 19 at noon.
NEWS & NOTES
- The Aggies are undefeated (2-0) this season when leading with five minutes remaining and when they have more assists and a better field goal percentage than their opponents.
- The last time N.C. A&T shot 100 percent from the free throw line (five or more attempts) was at Wake Forest (6-for-6) on Feb. 19, 2003.
- Alexus Lessears ranks second in the conference and 21st in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (5). She is sixth in rebounds per game (8.6) and has led the Aggies in rebounding in all but one game. Against Duquesne she recorded her fourth career double-double with a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 13 points.
- C’Coriea Foy led the Aggies in scoring for the third time this season while notching her fourth double-figure scoring performance with 14 points against Harvard. She is 11th in the conference in scoring (13.5), sixth in free throw percentage (.833), seventh in steals (2.3) and 14th in made 3-point field goals (1.3).
- Kala Green did not start against Harvard, but provided a spark off the bench leading the team in scoring with 10 points. She leads the Aggies in minutes played (31.5) and is second on the squad in assists (2.8), free throw percentage (.833) and 3-pointers made (9).
- Shantell Bostick made her first start of the season versus Harvard and scored nine points for the second straight game. She leads the Aggies in both assists (3.0) and free throws made (17) while ranking second in field goal percentage (.382) and steals (2.0).
- Le’on Hill recorded a career-high seven rebounds versus Harvard. She is second on the team in rebounds (4.5). Against Duquesne, she scored a season-best five points with two assists.
- Quenswayla Story tied a season-high with eight points helping the Aggies bench scoring against Harvard. She was 4-for-5 from the field and leads the team in field goal percentage (.306).