North Carolina A&T (4-3) vs. St. Augustine’s (3-2)
Date: December 2, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Probable Starters: G C’coriea Foy (6-0, Sr., Fayetteville, N.C, 9.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg.); G Mikaya Wilson (5-6, Sr., Raleigh, N.C., 5.4 ppg, 3.0 apg); F Le’on Hill (6-2, Sr., Columbia, S.C., 5.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg); F Deja Winters (5-11, Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 15.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg); C Alexus Lessears (6-3, Sr., Cleveland, Ohio, 10.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg).
North Carolina A&T Aggies: North Carolina A&T starts a two-game homestand starting with St. Augustine’s University on Monday. The Aggies return home after a successful road trip where they went 2-1 and nearly upset the No. 16 team in the nation in the Miami Hurricanes.
Over the last two games, the Aggies have outscored their opponents 75-45 in the second half including outscoring Morehead State 45-27 the last time out in a 74-56 win on Tuesday.
In the Morehead State win, senior center Alexus Lessears nearly recorded a double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Deja Winters recorded 19 points and junior forward Jayla Jones-Pack added 10 points and seven blocks.
Winters leads the team in scoring and ranks fourth in the MEAC. Lessears leads the team in rebounding and ranks 12th in the league. She also averages 1.3 blocks per game which ties her for sixth-best in the MEAC.
Senior guard C’coriea Foy was named MEAC preseason player of the year and is third on the Aggies in scoring. The Aggies have experience oozing from everywhere. Another senior, Cinia McCray, comes off the bench to average 7.7 points. Jones-Pack, a Division I transfer out of Seton Hall, comes off to the bench to average 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and a team-best 1.6 blocks, fourth-best in the conference.
St. Augustine’s: The Falcons are a Division II HBCU out of the historic CIAA conference. It is the same conference that housed many of the Aggies sports teams from 1924-1970 even though Aggies women’s basketball never played in the CIAA because it was not sponsored by the NCAA until 1982. St. Augustine’s broke a two-game losing streak with a 69-66 win over William Peace the last time out. St. Aug is led by Quiera Gilmore with 15.0 points per game and averages 3.6 rebounds with 19 steals. Kaaliya Williams averages 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Rankings: The Aggies lead the MEAC and rank 10th nationally in blocks with 36. They are third in the league and 31st in the nation in blocks per game (5.1). blocked shots per game.
N.C. A&T also leads the MEAC with 105 assists. They rank 27th nationally in that category while also leading the conference with 24.43 turnovers forced per game, good enough for ranking 11th nationally.
N.C. A&T ranks second in the MEAC and 42nd in the NCAA with 268 rebounds. They are the third-best team in steals with 63 and rank 53rd nationally.
Career Watch: Foy has 888 career points leaving her 112 points shy of becoming the 14th player in school history to record 1,000 points in an Aggies career.
Lessears has 726 career rebounds and needs 49 rebounds to move into fourth place all-time in school history past Helena Cramer (1987-91).
Lessears and Hill are both in the top-10 in blocks. Lessears recorded four blocks against Morehead State to become the fifth player in school history to record 100-plus blocks in her career. Lessears has 103 blocks and needs 13 blocks to move into fourth place past Lamona Smalley (2006-10) with 115 blocks.
Hill has 80 career blocks and ranks ninth in school history and needs 12 blocks to move into eighth place past Nikia Gorham (2009-13) with 91 blocks.
Up Next: The Aggies finish the homestand with crosstown rival UNC Greensboro on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Corbett Sports Center.