Women's Basketball Game Day: North Carolina A&T
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Lady Wildcats (5-8, 0-1 MEAC) return to Richard V. Moore Gymnasium for the first time in the New Year, looking to snap a three-game losing skid with the North Carolina A&T Aggies (9-5, 1-0 MEAC) coming to town.
These two teams have a lot in common; both play at a methodical pace with lower scores, both play tough defense in holding opponent scoring down, but the difference to this point in the season has been how well each protect the ball. The Aggies surrender just 17.7 turnovers per contest, as compared with B-CU's 20.5.
About the North Carolina A&T Aggies
The Aggies thrive on the play of preseason All-MEAC teamers senior JaQuayla Berry and redshirt junior Amber Calvin. With NCAT averaging just 58.9 points per game, Berry and Calvin's respective 11.9 and 10.2 PPG make a notable impact.
Berry leads the team in scoring, also topping the Aggies on the glass with 6.3 RPG, in addition to leading in steals (2.1 SPG), as the player with the most court time (31.1 MPG). Calvin is second on the squad in scoring, topping the team in threes on the most perimeter-heavy shooting team the Lady Wildcats have faced this season. Hitting 47.9 percent of from the arc, Calvin logs 1.6 of A&T's 4.5 threes per game. She also adds 1.7 steals to the mix. Calvin also leads the team at the line, hitting 90.9 from the stripe.
Another factor in A&T's success has been the play of Tracy King, who adds 8.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 1.6 SPG. King has also proven capable from long range, with 11 threes on the year. Sophomore point guard Adriana Nazario leads the Aggies in ball distribution, adding 2.6 assists per contest.
The Aggies hold opponents to just 56.6 points per game, ranking 69th in the nation in scoring defense, aided by their ability to limit opponents' long range shooting to just 27.9 percent.
About the Lady Wildcats
Though in mid-December it appeared that the time of early deficits for B-CU had passed, the obstacle has resurfaced over the past three games, each leading to a loss. Once the Lady Wildcats, who outscore opponents consistently in the second half, gain their footing, they keep pace of mount a rally. However, trailing early has proven too much to overcome of late.
The key to earning a win and snapping the streak is getting on the board early and often, working both sides of B-CU's offense. Guard Chastity René Taylor has proven tough on the outside, leading the team with 14.5 PPG, including team-bests of 33 percent from long range and 88 percent from the free throw line. Getting Taylor going in the first half not only helps the all-around scoring effort, but opens up the B-CU offense in the lane. That inside game focuses on the efforts of junior center Amanda Hairston, who averages 11.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing, and has logged a double-double in each of the last two games. Hairston puts in work on both ends, shooting a nationally 22nd ranked 55.1 percent from the field, while also collecting 1.5 blocks per game.
Getting a win against the Aggies will need a total team effort. Both Terrenisha Hollis (7.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG) and Jasmine Evans (5.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG) will need to provide their input to spread the floor. As well as NCAT protects the ball, a big defensive game for team steals-leader Hollis (2.1 SPG) could provide B-CU the opportunity to earn some points off turnovers.
Live Stats: As with all home games, B-CU Athletics will provide live stats coverage of Saturday's game, Click Here for the direct link.
Live Video: In addition to the audiocast, this will be the first game of the season with live streaming video at home on the CatEye Network for a subscription fee. To watch the game live, Click Here.