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Seven Aggies Score Double-Digits in a 121-61 Win over Johnson & Wales

EAST GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team never trailed against Johnson & Wales as seven Aggies scored double-figures in a 121-61 win over the Wildcats at Corbett Sports Center Saturday.

“I stressed to them a few things,” N.C. A&T coach Tarrell Robinson said.  “As we did in our previous game, we outrebound them. I talked to them about our transition defense and offense and then assists, sharing the ball. It’s great to see us having 32 assists, and we were able to stay below our expectations in terms of 14 turnovers. Not to say that we overlooked Johnson & Wales, but it’s a journey and we want to get better every possession and every quarter and every game.”

Junior forward Deja Winters and senior guard C’coriea Foy led the team with 19 points apiece. Junior Jayla Jones-Pack and sophomore guard Jasmen Walton each added 18 points and senior center Alexus Lessears added 14 points.

“Jayla has been waiting for this next game,” Robinson said.  “I spoke to her after the N.C. State game when she had zeros across the board, no points and no rebounds. I told her the great thing about it is that you transferred in here and I told you the moment you stepped on campus; you are an immediate impact.  She really responded well and has done really well in practice.”

Winters also added seven rebounds while shooting 7-for-11 from the field including 3-for-4 from the 3-point range. Foy added nine rebounds, six assists and five steals. Walton shot 7-for-11 from the field and Jones-Pack added seven rebounds on 9-for-10 shooting.

Sophomore guard Kennedy Boyd had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting and sophomore center Kendra Ross finished with 10 points and five boards on 4-for-7 shooting. Senior forward Le’on Hill added eight points, five assists and five rebounds and three blocks.

Senior guard Mikaya Wilson recorded a game-high seven assists and senior guard Shantell Bostick added six. The Aggies shot 53.3 percent from the field and outrebounded the Wildcats 45-30.

The Aggies scored the first 14 points of the game with eight those points coming from Foy. Baskets from Jones-Pack and Hill helped the Aggies grow their lead to 18-2. The Wildcats did get the lead to 13 at 20-7 with 4:17 remaining but another scoring outburst by N.C. A&T led by Kennedy gave the Aggies a 35-9 first-quarter lead. Kennedy had six points during a 15-2 run in the quarter.

The Aggies opened the second quarter scoring the first nine points to increase the lead to 44-9 leaving no doubt the Aggies would cruise to victory.

The Wildcats were led by Shannon Martin with 20 points.  The Aggies return to the road with a trip to Athens, Ga., to face the University of Georgia Wednesday at 7 p.m.