@BCUWBB Game Day: North Carolina A&T at #MEACTournament
NORFOLK, Va. - The Lady
Wildcats look to extend the
season even further, facing North
Carolina A&T in the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Championships Quarterfinal on
Wednesday (March 12) at 2:30
p.m. in Scope Arena.
Bethune-Cookman (12-17, 9-8 MEAC) vs. North Carolina A&T (23-5, 13-3 MEAC)
March 12, 2014 - 2:30 p.m.
Scope Arena (10,253) - Norfolk, Va.
About the Lady Wildcats
The Lady Wildcats earned victory on Tuesday in the MEAC Basketball Championships for the first time since 2009-10 with a 64-55 sweep-completing victory over South Carolina State. That’s now win six of the last eight contests for the Lady Wildcats, and B-CU is looking to break a sweep in the Quarterfinal after falling to the Lady Aggies twice in the regular season.
Chastity René Taylor and Kailyn Williams were both huge for the Lady Wildcats in game one, each logging 19 points. Williams added 10 rebounds and four blocks in her fifth double double of the year. Taylor added six boards and seven assists. Taylor tops the squad with 16.2 PPG, while Williams, a third team All-MEAC and All-Rookie Team member, leads the team with 6.8 RPG, along with 6.9 PPG. Williams ranks first in the MEAC and 10th in the NCAA in blocked shots at 95 on the year, sitting just five rejections shy of tying the season record held by Scherrie Jackson (1994).
The Wildcats will also need big games from underclassmen Taylor Houston and Kendra Cooper, who scored 11 and five, respectively against SCSU. Houston averages 6.5 PPG with 5.4 RPG, while Cooper puts in 4.4 PPG.
About the Lady Aggies
Second-seeded North Carolina A&T topped Bethune-Cookman both home and away this year, but it’s tournament time and defeating a team three times is always a challenge. N.C. A&T is always on offensive handful on both ends of the court, firing off 10 consecutive wins before falling to defending champion Hampton in the season finale.
Pacing the Lady Aggies are All-MEAC second teamers Tracy King and April McRae. King leads the squad with 13.5 PPG and a team-high 6.1 RPG, with 82 steals on the year. McCrae holds down the post, scoring 8.8 PPG and grabs 5.2 RPG. The Lady Aggies spread the scoring around, with Christina Carter scoring 9.5 PPG, Ariel Bursey with 8.9 PPG and Debbie Smith with 8.8 PPG.
The Lady Aggies rank 29th in the NCAA in scoring margin, thanks to a fifth ranked defense (54.8 PPG).
The MEAC office will provide live stats and live video from the Scope Arena. The game will also be broadcast live on WELE 1380 AM in Daytona Beach and online at Goliath Radio with Mike Johnson on the call. In addition, fans can keep up with game action through steady updates from Bethune-Cookman's social media outlets.
To join the conversation about the 2013-14 season, please tag your social media posts with the official hashtag of B-CU women's basketball, #PlayersStartTeamsFinish. And, of course, don't forget about #HailWildcats.