CHARLOTTE (6-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10) at NORTH
CAROLINA A&T (5-3, 1-0 MEAC)
Date: December 18, 2012
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Live Webstream: www.ncataggies.com;
TEN WEB TV; Walter Johnson
(play-by-play), Terry Cooper (analyst).
G Jessica Lyons (5-3 So., 3.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.0 apg); G Amber Calvin (5-8
R-Jr., 12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg); F Tracy King (5-10 Jr., 6.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg,
1.3 spg); F Tiffanie Adair (5-11 Jr., 4.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg); C Nikia Gorham (6-2
Sr., 5.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
CHIT CHAT: The Aggies return home to Corbett
Sports Center for a pair of games this week, after defeating the defending Big
South Champion Liberty on the road, Saturday. A&T will be looking to match its
season-long winning streak of three games with a victory over Charlotte, Tuesday. The Aggies are also looking to build off
their last performance in which they held the Flames to a season-low shooting
percentage, and had four Aggies score in double digits. The Aggies are holding opponents to just 35.8
percent shooting for the season. In the Aggies' last meeting with the 49ers (Dec.
21, 2011), they lost 87-63 in
Charlotte. The Aggies had four players
score in double-figures led by JaQuayla Berry's 16. The 49ers shot 55 percent against the
Aggies, and Amanda Dowe and Jennifer Hailey each had double-doubles. This will
mark the fifth straight season the two in-state rivals have faced one another.
From the coach:
"I expect a really good
team. Charlotte, obviously an A-10
conference team, I think they've got a lot of athletes. We've got to figure out how to combat that,
and we will."
Carolina A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson on the 49ers
It's A "Lock": Redshirt
junior Amber Calvin has been getting off to strong starts this season. She
scored 20 first half points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor in the team's
victory at Siena on Nov. 20. She scored
17 first half points on 5-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc in Saturday's
victory at Liberty. At Lynchburg on
Saturday, she hit four consecutive 3-pointers in the last four minutes of the
first half to help give A&T a 10-point advantage at the break. Calvin, who was named to the Preseason
All-MEAC second team, is shooting .545 from 3-point range and leads the team in
scoring at 12.1 points per game. She is third in the nation and leads the
conference in 3-point shooting.
The Opponent: Charlotte returns all five starters
from last year's team that finished 16-14 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic 10
conference. Charlotte was picked to
finish third in the conference this season, and senior Jennifer Hailey was
named preseason first-team All-Atlantic 10 and preseason All-Defensive team. Hailey is averaging 14.9 points and 12.1 rebounds
this season. The 49ers out-rebound their opponents by nearly 12 per game and
outscore their foes by almost 10 per contest.
Gameday Star power: North Carolina A&T: Senior
center Nikia Gorham played well against Liberty's impressive frontline. Gorham
scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting. She will need another strong performance
against tremendously talented front court Charlotte possesses. Charlotte: The 49ers have two players
averaging a double-double this season. Jennifer Hailey is the 49ers All-Atlantic
10 standout, but Amanda Dowe may also prove to be a problem. Dowe is averaging
12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
The Magic Number For A&T: 0: That's
how many home games the Aggies have lost this season. They have won by an
average of 20.7 points at home this season. They're hoping being at home will
give them an edge against a tough Charlotte opponent.