NORFOLK, Va. (February 18, 2018) –North Carolina A&T women’s basketball is headed toward making history. Norfolk State reminded the Aggies that there can be some hazardous roads that can prevent them from getting there.
The good news is the Aggies received the warning and still came away with a 49-44 road win over the Spartans Monday night at Echols Hall. The Aggies improved to 15-10 overall and 12-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with the win. They are four games away from becoming the first team in the program’s history to finish undefeated in the MEAC.
In other good news, those final four games are at home in Corbett Center. N.C. A&T was able to win their 16thstraight game away from home against a conference opponent. They have also won 20 straight games over conference competition and have won 30 out of their last 31 versus the MEAC when the conference tournament is included.
Monday’s victory over a conference opponent seemed inevitable until the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter. The Aggies went into the fourth quarter leading 44-25. The Spartans opened the final quarter on a 12-0 run. During the Spartans rally, the Aggies turned the ball over four times and were 0-for-4 from the floor.
Junior Mikaya Wilson ended the Aggies drought when she dribbled the ball the length of the floor to score on a layup to give N.C. A&T a 46-37 lead. The Spartans (13-12, 8-4 MEAC) did not let Wilson’s basket deter their comeback effort. After a Raven Russell free throw, Russell took advantage of an Aggies turnover by scoring off the mistake with a 3-pointer to knock the Aggies lead down to 46-41 with 3:38 remaining.
Dana Echols added a free throw 30 seconds later cutting the lead to four, but the Spartans were not able to get any closer. Khadedra Croker tried to get the lead to two, but her jumper came up short. N.C. A&T junior center Alexus Lessears grabbed the rebound which led to junior Shantell Bostick driving down the right side of the court to score on a layup to put the Aggies ahead 48-42 with 2:06 to play.
Norfolk State did not make another serious threat offensively from there. Senior C’Coriea Foy led the Aggies with 21 points. She was the only Aggie to score in double figures.
N.C. A&T was so good in the first half, Foy’s 19 first-half points were more than NSU’s 16 first-half points as a team. The Aggies led 35-16 at the half after holding the Spartans to 18 percent shooting in the first quarter to lead 17-6. Russell led the Spartans with 13 points.
The Aggies will continue their walk toward trying to be historic when they face S.C. State 2 p.m., Saturday, February 23 at Corbett Sports Center. The Aggies beat the Bulldogs in Oranageburg, S.C., earlier this season,
“We want to give our best effort in every game. If being undefeated is our destiny then sobeit,” said N.C. A&T coach Tarrell Robinson. “All we talk about right now is preparing. We want to be in the moment but not caught up in the moment. We understand we’re playing for something a lot bigger than being undefeated in the conference. We want to be tournament champs.”