Women's Basketball Game Day: North Carolina Central
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Lady Wildcats (6-8, 1-1 MEAC) close out their brief homestand Monday, playing host to the North Carolina Central Eagles (0-15, 0-2) at historic Richard V. Moore, looking to head back to the road with back to back wins under their belt. Monday's game with the Eagles tips off at 5:30 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman is coming off one of the best wins of the season, a complete-team defensive effort topping the third-ranked North Carolina A&T Aggies at Moore, 69-64. B-CU forced a typically very stout offensive team into 24 turnovers to come from behind for the five-point win.
About the North Carolina Central Eagles
Offensive production has been a struggle for the Eagles in 2012-13, with a season-low scoring total of 21 at North Carolina, eight games scoring in the 30's and a pair in the 40's. Defensively, NCCU holds their own, only allowing three opponents to break 65 points, but scoring woes have been the key factor behind the 0-15 record.
Redshirt senior combo guard/forward Chasidy Williams has led a short bench with 10.5 points, while also leading the defensive effort with 2.5 steals per game. Williams is second on the team on the glass, grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game as a bigger guard, while also topping the team in blocks.
However, Williams has been out of action the past two games and will be out for the matchup against B-CU, leaving the load to be carried by Amber Neely, who averages 7.5 points, and Tisha Gibson, who chips in 6.9 points and leads the team in rebounds, averaging 7.6 per game.
The Lady Wildcats will have an opportunity to use their sizable bench to pressure the Eagles beyond their 21.8 turnover per game average, and show different bodies to clean up on the glass over NCCU, which averages just 33.2 boards per outing.
About the Lady Wildcats
B-CU is fresh off a big win in which everything came together, but Head Coach Vanessa Blair will be the first the tell you that this season is a process and there is more work to do, starting with NCCU on Monday.
B-CU will need to keep their turnovers under control (20.4 TOPG), while using their signature aggressive defense to pick the Eagles' pockets (12.1 SPG) and get points in transition; a very successful key in the win over N.C. A&T.
Naturally, B-CU will want to get the ball into the hands of their scorers, namely Chastity René Taylor and Amanda Hairston, who are scoring 14.9 and 10.6 PPG, respectively. Taylor has hit a 39.9 percent of her shots on the year and getting her going from long range could spell trouble for the Eagles. Taylor has led B-CU in scoring in 10 games this season. Hairston holds three double-doubles on the year, leading B-CU in the post with 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
Coming on strong defensively over the two conference games, seeing a rise from Terrenisha Hollis would spread the floor on the Eagles. Hollis averages 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while leading the Lady Wildcats in steals with 2.2 per game. Against the Aggies, she scored nine and grabbed 11 boards, along with three steals.
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