EAST GREENSBORO (March 2, 2019) –Great players such as Malveata Johnson, Amber Bland, Angela Hill, Brittanie Taylor-James and Nisha Watson have all made tremendous contributions to the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball program.
None of them can say they went undefeated in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Players from the 2018-19 N.C. A&T women’s basketball team have a chance to be able to say just that. The Aggies moved a step closer to history by blowing out Florida A&M 77-53 Saturday afternoon at Corbett Sports Center.
The Aggies are 18-10 overall and 15-0 in the MEAC. They can become the first team in program history to finish the conference regular season undefeated. For the Aggies it was their 23rdstraight win over a MEAC opponent, 26 if last season’s MEAC tournament is counted. They have won 33 out of their last 34 against the MEAC. Saturday marked the fourth time in program history the Aggies have won 15 games in the MEAC joining the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2017-18 Aggie teams.
“I’m happy that we’re still undefeated, and I’m happy our young women put themselves in position to make history,” said N.C. A&T coach Tarrell Robinson. “Hopefully, we’ll do everything it takes to reach that milestone.”
Juniors Cinia McCray and Mikaya Wilson led Robinson’s Aggies with 18 points apiece. McCray was 3-for-5 from 3-point range while Wilson added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals on 7-for-9 shooting from the floor. The Aggies celebrated Senior Day on Saturday and senior Charnise Tyler celebrated with 10 points.
As an offense, N.C. A&T shot 46.8 percent from the floor, registered 16 assists and turned the ball over only 10 times.
“Our intensity level ebbed and flowed this game,” said Robinson. “We’ve got to fix that.”
N.C. A&T looked its best in the second quarter. After taking a 19-12 first quarter lead, the Aggies were 10-for-15 from the floor in the following period to take a 45-32 lead. But the intensity wasn’t there for the Aggies to open the second half. Over the first 5 ½ minutes of the second half, the Aggies failed to score allowing the Rattlers to go on an 8-0 run to N.C. A&T’s advantage to 45-40.
The Aggies took care of business from there. N.C. A&T went 5-for-6 from the floor the rest of the quarter including Wilson speeding down the floor to score on a layup at the third-quarter buzzer to give the Aggies a 55-44 lead. N.C. A&T continued their hot shooting into the fourth quarter as the Aggies outscored the Rattlers 16-3 to open the final quarter for a 71-47 Aggies advantage.
A short jumper by Wilson gave the Aggies their biggest lead of the game at 77-49 with 1:03 remaining in the game. Saturday marked the fifth time this season the Aggies have defeated a conference opponent by more than 20 points.
Florida A&M (4-23, 2-13 MEAC) was led by Dy’Manee Royal who had 13 points. N.C. A&T will turn its attention to N.C. Central.
The Aggies arch-rival stands in the way of the ladies from the women’s basketball team making history. NCCU will come to Corbett Sports Center, Thursday, March 7 for a 5:30 p.m. start. The Aggies have only lost once to the Eagles since they joined the MEAC in 2010-11.
“The reason why we’re 15-0 is because we prepare the right way. You don’t take anyone for granted,” said Robinson. “Our young women are deserving of a day off tomorrow, and then after that we’re going right back to work.”