EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T women’s basketball won its third consecutive game with a 75-44 win over Division II Saint Augustine’s Monday night at Corbett Sports Center.
“I wasn’t happy with how we performed, but I’m happy that we performed like that and still got a win,” head coach Tarrell Robinson said.
Senior guard C’coriea Foy led the team with a game-high 23 points including 19 points in 14 minutes played in the second half. Foy also recorded five rebounds and three steals while shooting 10-for-17 from the field.
“She really picked up,” Robinson said. “I thought it was nerves with her. She missed a couple of layups early in the game and everything with Foy is based upon her confidence and her flow and I thought she got into her flow in the second half.”
Senior guard Cinia McCray scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half and eight rebounds. Junior forward Deja Winters added 10 points and six assists and junior center Jayla Jones-Pack added eight points and eight rebounds.
The Aggies (5-3) started cold from the field (4-for-18), which allowed the Falcons (3-3) to remain competitive at the end of the first quarter as the Aggies led 10-9. But then the shots started to fall for N.C. A&T. The Aggies were 6-for-9 from the floor in the second quarter.
In the process, N.C. A&T scored the first nine points of the quarter to increase their lead to 19-9 with 7:35 remaining in the second quarter. McCray had seven points during the run. The Falcons would get to within eight twice in the second quarter, the final time with 1:38 remaining in the half. But the Aggies closed out the first half four straight points from Winters to take a 30-18 halftime lead.
Once again on Monday, the Aggies proved to be a second-half team. The Aggies had outscored their previous two opponents 45-27 respectively in the second half. They outscored St. Aug 45-26 in the second half on Monday.
“For some reason, we tend to get off to a bad start,” Robinson said. “Our first half, I don’t know if it’s jitters, but in the third and fourth quarters, we’ve picked it up over the last three games.”
The Aggies scored the first six points in the third quarter to increase their lead to 36-18 with 6:59 remaining in the quarter as Foy scored all six points. St. Aug made one last effort to make it a competitive game as a Kamya Renwicks layup cut the Aggies lead to 39-27 with 5:11 to play in the third quarter.
N.C. A&T was dominating from there. A 12-0 run spearheaded by 10 points from Foy, put the Falcons away and gave N.C. A&T a 51-27 lead with 1:46 remaining in the third quarter. After a Falcons bucket, the Aggies hit a free throw and got field goals from sophomore Kennedy Boyd and Winters off of an assist from Boyd to go into the fourth quarter with a commanding 56-29 lead.
The Falcons were led by Sha’nia Leach and Nia Phillips with seven points apiece.
The Aggies have 10 days between games with the next game against crosstown rival UNC Greensboro 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 at Corbett Sports Center.