GREENSBORO (December 11, 2017) – The time to get head coach Tarrell Robinson’s best assessment of his women’s basketball team’s impressive 94-42 win over Division II St. Augustine’s Monday night at Corbett Sports Center was not after the game.
In snapping a three-game losing streak, the Aggies (3-5) put up some impressive statistics against the overmatched Falcons. But with the 7-1 Georgia Bulldogs from the Power Five Southeastern Conference coming to the Aggies home arena Thursday night at 5:30, the overwhelming numbers the Aggies put up against SAU will not be how Robinson evaluates his team.
“When you play a game like this, a Division I against a Division II, it’s hard to really look at stats,” said Robinson. “The things that I will look for when I go back and watch film are effort plays, hustle plays, execution and obviously are we in the right position on the floor defensively in order for us to get better in our eighth game of the season.”
Even though the stats from Monday’s game may not tell Robinson all he needs to know about his team’s improvement, they were impressive.
The Aggies posted a school-record 68 rebounds, besting their old mark of 64 at Morgan State on Jan. 21, 2012. It was the Aggies first 60-plus rebounding game since they secured 60 boards at Howard last season. Sophomore C’Coriea Foy finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and five assists in only 20 minutes of action. The Aggies recorded 30 steals, one shy of the school-record 31 recorded at North Carolina Central on Feb. 21, 2011.
N.C. A&T also forced 42 turnovers and recorded season-highs in points, field goals made (37) and attempted (93), free throws made (15) and attempted (33), rebounds and assists. Monday also marked the fewest points (42), field goals made (13), 3-point attempts (15) and assists (8) allowed by the Aggies this season. The Falcons 22.8 percent shooting is the lowest field goal percentage against the Aggies this season.
It was apparent early the Falcons were going to have problems with the Aggies in transition. N.C. A&T ran early and often against their CIAA foe. A 15-0 run in the first quarter was the early, decisive blow. It culminated with a corner 3-pointer from Quenswayla Story and a fastbreak layup from sophomore Mikaya Wilson on an assist from Foy to give the Aggies a 22-7 lead with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter.
SAU did take the Aggies lead down to 10 with a 6-0 run that made it 36-26 with 3:13 remaining in the first half. But the Aggies ended the half on a 9-1 run that included a 3-point buzzer beater from Foy to close the half ahead 45-27. N.C. A&T then opened the third quarter by scoring the first 27 points of the half to take a convincing 72-27 lead. The Falcons did not get their first points of the second half until the 3:26 mark of the third quarter.
“We were not happy with our group after the Tennessee Martin game, so we really stressed our defense. We tried to get more crisp in certain offensive sets,” said Robinson.
N.C. A&T would go on to secure their most lopsided win since beating Virginia-Lynchburg 99-32 on Dec. 7, 2013. Another upside for the Aggies is that their team is starting to become complete. Wilson started at point guard in her first game since transferring from Appalachian State midway through last season.
“From an athletic standpoint, she is one of our most athletic players,” said Robinson about Wilson. “She can create her own transition, and she can get the ball into other people's hands. We just need her to be a little more under control. But she set the tone from the moment she transferred in here. Last semester and over the summer she separated herself in terms of her work ethic. The fact she started in her first opportunity to play makes the statement that I want people who are going to work hard and put it all on the line.”
Robinson said he expects junior center Charnise Tyler back in mid-January from a knee injury that sidelined her last season. Meanwhile, UNC Greensboro graduate transfer Jade Scaife scored in double figures for the first time as an Aggie with 11 points. Sophomore Chrishyanah Alston had her first career double-figure scoring game with 11 points. Sophomore Le’on Hill had a career-high nine rebounds, six steals and three blocks, while sophomore Shantell Bostick finished with a career-high eight assists.