|Aggie women increase winning streak|
|Published Monday, February 11, 2019|
GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team is fast, athletic, and has tremendous size and length. The Aggies are also the defending MEAC champions and are undefeated in the conference thus far this season.
C’Coriea Foy, a 6-foot junior who provides the Aggies length defensively on the perimeter, led A&T with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals in a 72-49 win over Delaware State. Junior center Alexus Lessears finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for her 12th career double-double.
N.C. A&T (12-10, 9-0 MEAC) remains atop the standings after winning their 17th straight game against MEAC competition. They have won 27 of 28 against MEAC competition overall, including last year’s conference tournament.
“I hate that we don’t get off to better starts, but we feel like everybody in this league wants to give us our first loss,” coach Tarrell Robinson said. “We’re going to get everybody’s best game. I’m proud of how our young ladies persevere.”
Two NaJai Pollard free throws kept the game close for the Hornets (4-17, 2-8 MEAC) in the second half, as she cut the Aggies lead to 27-26 with 8:42 remaining in the third quarter. Then speed and athleticism kicked in to fuel the Aggies defense and to cause the Hornets’ clumsiness.
McCray got things going in the half court as she took a pass from freshman forward Rayven
“We feel like we have several decent athletes on our team who separate us a bit from our opponents,” Robinson said. “If we can speed the game up, it opens the floor up for our athletes and puts pressure on the other team, which usually leads to turnovers and the right type of results for us.”
DSU did cut the Aggies lead to 39-34. But the Aggies had another spurt in them. They went inside on two straight possessions to Lessears, the latter resulting in a 3-point play that gave the Aggies a 45-36 lead. The Hornets never got the lead under 10 again.
The Aggies are back in action Monday at Corbett Sports Center to face second-place Maryland Eastern Shore (14-10, 10-1 MEAC).
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