NCCU women's message: We can't win if we don't score

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 10:18 PM

The scouting report around the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference about N.C. Central is that the Lady Eagles can’t put the ball in the basket, and their 22.6 percent shooting output against rival N.C. A&T left little doubt about that.

The Aggies shot 49 percent and got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Eboni Ross in a 60-33 win over NCCU on Saturday.

JaQuayla Berry scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds for A&T.

Tisha Dixon gave NCCU a double-double — 14 points and 12 rebounds. Aja Hoyle helped her out with 11 points, but the Lady Eagles’ offense was anemic beyond that.

“Anytime you shoot a dismal 20-something percent — I think we were like 12 for 53 — it’s going to be really tough,” first-year NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor said. “You will have to have a stellar defensive night, and, certainly tonight, that was not our look. We did have some good defensive possessions, but just not enough.”

The Lady Eagles (1-25, 1-12 MEAC) were missing shots from 10 feet in, the sort of shots they knock down at practice and when they shoot around before games, Taylor said.

“My challenge to them after the game was you’ve got to bring what you’re doing every day to the game,” Taylor said. “We weren’t finishing. A lot of times we had layups. We just didn’t finish, didn’t go up strong enough with minimal contact. We practice with that, so that’s not something we’re unaccustomed to.”

A&T (18-8, 10-3 MEAC) had its way with NCCU in December, too. That was Taylor’s first taste of the Aggie-Eagle rivalry, which, she said, also was a moment that proved to be too big for her young team.

“We are in a different place as a team this time. We’ve just got to perform better,” Taylor said. “You get up for these kind of games when you have rivalry games. You know you’re playing for something bigger than yourself, because this rivalry is very longstanding.

“It is our job to make sure that we go out and represent NCCU to the best of our ability, and we fell short of that.”
 
N.C. A&T 60, NCCU 33
N.C. A&T (18-8, 10-3) — Ross 8-11 2-4 18; Berry 5-10 2-2 13; King 3-6 1-2 7; Calvin 3-6 0-0 7; Bursey 3-4 0-1 7; Nazario 2-4 0-0 6; Lyons 1-4 0-1 2; Parker 0-1 0-0 0; Davis 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 25-51 5-10 60.
NCCU (1-25, 1-12) — Dixon 6-12 2-5 14; Hoyle 3-11 5-8 11; A. Neely 2-11 0-0 4; T. Neely 0-2 2-2 2; Williams 1-14 0-0 2; Blount 0-0 0-0 0; Perry 0-2 0-0 0; Gary 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-53 9-15 33.
N.C. A&T   28   32—60
N.C. Central   13   20—33

3-Point FG—N.C. A&T 5-19 (Nazario 2-4; Bursey 1-1; Berry 1-3; Calvin 1-4; Davis 0-3; Lyons 0-3; King 0-1), NCCU 0-5 (Hoyle 0-1; A. Neely 0-1; Williams 0-1; Perry 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—N.C. A&T 39 (Ross 10), NCCU 32 (Dixon 12). Assists—N.C. A&T16 (Lyons 5), NCCU 8 (T. Neely 3). Total fouls—N.C. A&T 10, NCCU 13. Technical fouls—None.
A—2,512