N.C. A&T Rolls Past Weary Lady Wildcats, 66-35
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The North Carolina A&T Aggies (18-4, 8-2 MEAC) pulled away from the Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats (8-16, 5-7 MEAC) in the second half of Monday’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contest at Ellis F. Corbett Sports Center. After a tight early game, N.C. A&T wore down a fatigued B-CU team in the 66-35 win.
“We didn’t do the things that we talked about wanting to execute, and we saw that out there,” Associate Head Coach James Howard said.
North Carolina A&T star Tracy King registered the first score of the game with a three-pointer just 29 seconds into the contest. However, Chastity René Taylor logged in a three of her own to tie the game. The Lady Wildcats kept pace in the early going, maintaining a two-possession game through 15 minutes of action.
However, the Lady Wildcats went 13:03 without hitting a field goal and the Aggies began to create separation as the half wound down, going up 27-15 at the break. Turnovers were a notable obstacle for the Lady Wildcats in the first half, logging 15 in the period, resulting in 12 fewer shot opportunities for the Lady Wildcats.
Shakeyia Colyer was B-CU’s dominant source of offense in the first half, scoring nine points.
Coming off a double overtime victory on Saturday at North Carolina Central, the short rest and 50 minutes of basketball began to take its toll on the Lady Wildcats in the second half. The Aggies capitalized, taking full control of the game, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 39-20 in the second half, en route to the 66-35 final.
The Lady Wildcats ended with 25 turnovers, resulting in 28 N.C. A&T points.
“That’s mental,” Howard said. “Any time you turn the ball over the way we turned it over, it’s not the pressure, it’s us passing the ball at bad angles. We made some bad decisions and they were able to capitalize.”
Taylor’s output picked up in the second half, scoring eight in the period and finishing with 11. Colyer matched the effort with 11 points as well. Both seniors collected five rebounds each.
Redshirt freshman Kailyn Williams matched her career high with seven blocks on the night. Her performance also matches the seventh-best blocked shot game in program history. With tonight’s total, Williams total also moves to 75 on the year, tying Scherrie Jackson (1995) for the second-best blocking season in B-CU program history.
Next on the slate for the Lady Wildcats is a February 15 home date with Delaware State at Richard V. Moore Gymnasium. The game is designated as B-CU’s annual “Think Pink” game, creating greater breast cancer awareness.
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