North Carolina A&T Women’s Basketball (2-5) vs. Saint Augustine’s (3-5)
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: First ever meeting
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Le’on Hill (6-2, So., 2.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G Kala Green (5-9, Sr., 10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg); G Shantell Bostick (5-7, So., 6.4 ppg, 3.1 apg); G C’Coriea Foy (6-0, R-So., 13.0 ppg, 2.7 apg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, So., 8.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T are on a three-game skid including a 76-63 loss on the road to UT Martin two Thursday’s ago. The Aggies return to action after exam week hoping to improve on their defensive effort at UT Martin. The Aggies finished with a season-high 10 blocks and outrebounded the Skyhawks, 44-38 led by Alexus Lessears’ career-high 18 rebounds. Lessears also posted career-highs in points (20) and blocked shots (5). Two players are averaging double figure scoring led by C’Coriea Foy and Kala Green. Lessears is averaging 10.1 rebounds and Shantell Bostick leads the squad averaging 3.1 assists.
SAINT AUGUSTINE’S OVERVIEW: Saint Augustine’s has lost four straight games and are 0-2 on the road this season. The Falcons defeated Bluefield State in their season opener and Benedict at a neutral site. Under the direction of fourth-year assistant coach James “Art” Richmond, Saint Augustine’s went 3-26 last season with an 0-16 finish in the CIAA. Two players are scoring in double figures led by Kaaliya Williams’ 13.3 points per game. Freshman Quiera Gilmore (10.7) is the other double-figure scorer for the Falcons. Bianca Igwe (5.7) and Williams (5.4) are the team leaders in rebounding while Kamya Renwicks averages 3.3 assists.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Alexus Lessears notched her second double-double of the season recording career-highs in three statistical categories; 20 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots at UT Martin. The Aggies fell into a slump midway through the first period that continued up until the fourth period where A&T finally outscored UT Martin, 23-12. Chrishyanah Alston scored all nine of her career-high points total in the fourth period while both Kala Green and C’Coriea Foy each scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
LESSEARS EARNS MEAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Sophomore center Alexus Lessears was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Lessears grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots at UT Martin last week, both career highs, to go along with a steal. Eight of those rebounds came on the defensive end, and she also had a career-high 20 points in that contest. Over the last three games, Lessears is averaging 13.7 points with 14.7 rebounds and shooting 56-percent from the field. She has posted double-digit rebounds in each game totaling 44 with 25 coming on the offensive end to go along with six blocked shots anchoring the defense.
The Aggies host the Georgia Bulldogs from the SEC on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m., in Corbett Sports Center. Western Carolina will complete a three-game homestand for N.C. A&T, tipping off at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
NEWS & NOTES
- The Aggies recorded a season-high 10 blocks at UT Martin. The last time they had double-figure blocks was 12 on Jan. 11, 2010 versus Bethune-Cookman.
- In both Aggie victories this season, they led with five minutes remaining, had more assists and finished with a better field goal percentage than Georgia Southern and Appalachian State.
- N.C. A&T leads the MEAC in turnovers forced (22.71) and rank 20th in the nation.
- Alexus Lessears leads the MEAC in rebounding (10.1) and ranks 37th in the nation. In offensive rebounding, she is ranked sixth in the nation averaging 5.0 per game. Twice this season she finished as the Aggie leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
- Shantell Bostick leads the Aggies in free throws made (19) and ranks 10th in the conference hitting 76 percent of her attempts. She also is the team-leader in assists with 22 this season ranking tied for ninth in the MEAC averaging 3.1 per game.
- C’Coriea Foy has scored in double figures in her last two games and is the team-leader in points (13.0), field goals made (33) and stelas (16). Her 2.29 steals per game ranks tied for fifth in the MEAC.
- Kala Green leads the Aggie in minutes played (31.7) and free throw percentage (.833). She is second on the squad in scoring (10.9), field goals made (28) and assists (20).
- Chrishyanah Alston has led the bench scoring in the last three games averaging 7.7 points and shooting 82-percent (9-11) on free throws.