EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T women’s basketball senior C’coriea Foy (6-foot, guard, Fayetteville, N.C.) was picked as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason player of the year and the Aggies were picked to win the conference as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Joining Foy on the preseason team is senior Cinia McCray (5-9, guard, Broadview, Ill.) and senior Alexus Lessears (6-3, center, Cleveland, Ohio) on the. McCray was named second-team and Lessears picked up third-team honors.
“It always says what your peers and colleagues and other SIDs think about your program,” N.C. A&T coach Tarrell Robinson said, who is entering his eighth season as the Aggies head coach. “We are excited about that. We kind of expected it only having lost one player that contributed to last year’s team. The young women have the mindset of last year as we didn’t finish everything that we were supposed to do.”
Foy, who was named on the 2018-19 postseason All-MEAC First Team, becomes the second Aggie to earn preseason player of the year by the MEAC joining Amber Bland who earned the honor before the start of the 2008-09 season.
“Very deserving for C’coreia Foy to be preseason player of the year,” Robinson said. “I hope that she looks at that as an opportunity from now to the end of the year to live up to those expectations. Our peers in the conference can see her talent and see how she can change the game at any time.”
Foy averaged 13.4 points and 2.6 steals per game, which ranked 11th and was tied for second in the conference respectively. She also ranked 11th in the conference with 2.7 assists per game. In conference play only, Foy averaged 14.0 points, 2.8 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
McCray was named second-team All-MEAC in 2018-19. She ranked 15th in the MEAC in scoring and was 14th in field goal percentage (.362). She also ranked seventh in the conference in 3-point field goal shooting at .329. Her 1.9 3-point field goals made per game ranked fourth.
In conference play only, McCray led the Aggies with 14.1 points per game and shot .421 from the field. McCray shot .400 from 3-point against conference foes and she averaged 2.2 3-point field goals per game against the MEAC.
Lessears was 12th in the MEAC in rebounds (6.4) and ranked sixth in the conference in blocks (1.4). In conference play only, Lessears averaged 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
This is the fifth time under Robinson that the Aggies are picked to win the conference. N.C. A&T secured 12 first-place votes and 229 points while defending tournament champions Bethune-Cookman received eight first-place votes and 215 points. Howard (197 points), Norfolk State (162 points) and Maryland Eastern Shore, who received a first-place vote rounded out the top-5.
The Aggies are looking to win their fourth regular-season MEAC championship in the last five seasons. N.C. A&T shared the regular-season crown with BCU in 2015-16 and 2017-18 winning the tournament both years. The Aggies also won the regular-season last season with a perfect 16-0 record, the first undefeated season in the MEAC by any school since Hampton went 16-0 in 2013-14.
N.C. A&T starts off with a big challenge at N.C. State, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Wolfpack finished last season ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press poll with a 28-6 overall record and won the first 21 games of the season falling in the Sweet Sixteen to No. 8 Iowa.
“I’m excited for all of them and excited for our program,” Robinson said. “Hopefully we can live up to those expectations.”