North Carolina A&T Women’s Basketball (10-7,5-0) vs. North Carolina Central (5-14, 3-3)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: A&T leads NCCU, 25-6
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Quenswayla Story (6-1, Sr., 5.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg); G Mikaya Wilson (5-6, So., 4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg); G Cinia McCray (5-9, So., 9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg); G C’Coriea Foy (6-0, So., 14.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, so., 7.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T takes on rival NC Central at Corbett Sports Center. The Aggies are in a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference riding a current six-game winning streak. N.C. A&T has compiled a 25-6 all-time record versus the Eagles and has gone 10-1 in five seasons against N.C. Central under head coach Tarrell Robinson. Last season, the Aggies won two of three meetings; a convincing 62-38 road victory and a 71-58 win in the first round of the MEAC Tournament. Through five conference games both C’Coriea Foy (13.5) and Kala Green (12.5) are scoring in double figures while Alexus Lessears (6.8) is the leading rebounder.
NC CENTRAL OVERVIEW: NC Central dropped two games last weekend at Howard (69-54) and at Maryland Eastern Shore (84-73). The Eagles are 1-11 on the road this season with their only victory coming against Delaware State. Under the direction of first- year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom, N.C. Central leads the conference free throw percentage (72.7) and are second in free throws made (269), free throw attempts (370) and 3-point field goals made (98). Rodneysha Martin ranks second in the MEAC in both free throw made (70) and free throw percentage (84.3) while sitting sixth in field goal attempts (255). Paulina Afriyia is seventh in rebounds per game (7.6) and eighth in blocks shots per game (1.21).
The Aggies continue are on a four-game home stretch and up next is a make-up game with Norfolk State University on Wednesday, Jan. 31st at 5:30 p.m. in the Corbett Sports Center. Then, Hampton and Delaware State kicks off the month of February on the weekend of February 3 and 5 in the Corbett Sports Center.
NEWS & NOTES
- Nationally, the Aggies are ranked in the top-100 in 10 categories; third in turnovers (23.94), 15th in offensive rebounds per game (16.0), 25th in turnover margin (5.41), 26th in rebounds per game (42.94), 52nd steals per game (10.1), 61st in 3-point field goal defense (29.1), 71st field goal percentage defense (37.4), 86th in assists per game (15.1), 93rd in free throw attempts (367), 97th in scoring defense (61.2) and 100th in scoring margin (6.2). N.C. A&T ranks first in the MEAC in seven categories; scoring offense (67.4), assists (256), assists per game, turnovers forced, rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game, and assists per game.
- Amongst the MEAC, C’Coriea Foy is fourth in 3-point field goals attempted (121), sixth in steals per game (2.35) and seventh in steals (40). Alexus Lessears ranks third in rebounds per game (8.6) while Shantell Bostick is fourth in assists turnover ratio (1.26).
- The Aggies are on their longest winning streak since the 2014-15 season when they ran off 11 in a row toward the end of the season. They are 5-0 in the league for the first time since the 2009-10 season when they started conference play 12-0 and finished regular-season champions at 14-2.