MOREHEAD, Ky. – Once again, the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team had a superb second half to spurt ahead as they won their second consecutive game with a 74-56 win Tuesday night at Johnson Arena. The Aggies have outscored their opponents 158-122 in the third quarter.
“This was a very impressive win on the road against a team that traditional is very tough at home,” said N.C. A&T coach Tarrell Robinson said. “I felt Morehead State was the more aggressive team in the first half and we came out in the second half as the more aggressive team and dominated the paint.”
Senior center Alexus Lessears finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and four blocks on 9-for-11 shooting. Fourteen of her points came in the first half. The four blocks give her 103 career blocks to become the fifth player in school history to record at least 100 blocks moving her into fourth place all-time.
Seventeen of Deja Winters’ 19 points were scored in the second half as she added four rebounds and three assists on 8-for-12 shooting.
“Alexus was our anchor in the first half,” Robinson said. “She gave us an inside presence along with controlling the paint. Deja picked it up offensively in the second half. It was great to see her bounce back from her performance in our previous game.”
Junior center Jayla Jones-Pack had 10 points and a game-high seven blocks on 4-for-4 shooting. It’s the most blocks in a game since Eboni Ross had eight blocks against Tennessee Tech on Dec. 20, 2014.
A 5-0 run by Morehead put them ahead 20-12 late in the first quarter. A C’coriea Foy’s made free throw at the 47 seconds mark to cut the lead to seven points to close out the first quarter.
The Aggies rallied in the second quarter by scoring the first 11 points of the quarter to take a four-point lead, 24-20. Lessears had seven points during the spurt. Morehead scored the next five points to recapture a one-point lead, 25-24, with 4:56 left.
Baskets by Shantell Bostick and Jones-Pack put the Aggies ahead 28-25 with 1:59 left in the first half. A minute later, a 3-pointer by Morehead’s Alyssa Nieves tied the game at 29 going into the half.
N.C. A&T outscored the Eagles 15-4 to open the second half. Winters had two 3-pointers during the run and Lessears closed out the run by completing a 3-point play after getting an assist from Cinia McCray to give the Aggies a 44-33 lead with 6:04 remaining in the third quarter.
The Aggies still led by 10, 51-41, after a McCray layup with 1:46 remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles (2-4) scored the final five points of the quarter, however, to go into the fourth quarter trailing 51-46.
The Aggies came out hot again to open another quarter to halt the Eagles momentum. Led by four points apiece from Winters and Foy, the Aggies opened the fourth on a 9-2 run to take a 60-48 lead with 6:40 remaining.
Morehead hit a layup to cut the lead to 10 points. But an 11-0 run by the Aggies put the game away. The run ended on a Jones-Pack layup off of a dish from Winters to give the Aggies a 71-50 lead with 2:09 to play.
The Eagles were led by Jaleesa Avery with 16 points and five rebounds. The Aggies return home for a two-game homestand starting with St. Augustine’s Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Corbett Sports Center.