NCCU women take it on chin at rival N.C. A&T
Same story for the Lady Eagles.
N.C. Central played from behind, again, this time down 17 at halftime on the road against N.C. A&T on Saturday in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
NCCU redshirt senior Jessica Freeman could not shoot her team out of the jam, and the Aggies won 79-51.
That’s been NCCU’s problem this season, falling behind and looking for Freeman (17 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds) to save the game with her 3-point shooting.
Freeman tried. She played all but two minutes of the game and was launching baskets until the very end.
It certainly didn’t help the Lady Eagles to have NCCU forward Racquel Davis pick up her fourth foul with 13:29 left in the second half, the Aggies in front 51-26.
Freeman is NCCU’s main point producer, but Davis (8 points, 12 rebounds) is a double-double threat with her ability to both score inside and rebound.
A&T’s Debbie Smith came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points.
The Aggies’ bench outscored NCCU’s 38-8.
NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor said her team entered the game with instructions to value the basketball and attack the backboards.
That game plan fell short. A&T rebounded better than the Eagles and scored 25 points off 23 NCCU turnovers.
“They were just more efficient in what they were doing,” Taylor said about the Aggies.
NCCU was too inconsistent, Taylor said.
NCCU (9-17, 4-9 MEAC) and A&T (2-14, 11-2 MEAC) are archrivals, but it was hard to tell by the tame crowd inside Corbett Sports Center. That’s how much of a dud the game was on account of the lopsided score.
“I won’t say we owned them,” A&T coach Terrell Robinson said. “We played well in spurts.”