LADY HORNETS (4-16; 2-7 MEAC) vs.
NCA&T State “Lady Aggies” (11–10; 8-0 MEAC)
Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 - 2:00 p.m.
Greensboro, N.C. (Corbett Sports Center – 5,000)
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DeIaware State Head Coach David Caputo (Montclair State, ‘05): 4-16 at DSU; 140-75 career (9th yr.); 2-7 MEAC regular season; 0-1 vs. NCA&T
Delaware State (4-16; 2-7 MEAC) begins a two-game swing through the Tar Heel State against defending champ and current MEAC leader North Carolina A&T State. The Lady Hornets are trying to bounce back from a 63-60 loss to South Carolina State in their last outing this past Monday. The loss overshadowed another monster performance by DSU senior forward NaJai Pollard, who led all players with 36 points and was tops on the Lady Hornets with 11 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute of the game. Lanayjha Ashe was the only other DSU player in double figures with 12 points in the last outing. Pollard is No. 1 in the MEAC and sixth among all NCAA Div. I players in scoring at 22.8 points per game. She’s also on the verge of becoming the Lady Hornets’ all-time scoring leader. Her 1,804 career points rank third in team history. Shervon Hinter (1988-92) is the al-time leader with 1,846 points. Pollard needs four points to move past Barbara Burgess (1984-88) into second place.
North Carolina A&T (11-10; 8-0 MEAC) brings an eight-game win streak into the contest. The Lady Aggies are coming off a 72-48 road win at Bethune-Cookman last Monday. Cinia McCray led three NCA&T double-figure scorers with 18 points. C’Coriea Foy added 13 points, while Charnise Tyler came off the bench to contribute 12 points (6-8 FGs) to the win. Foy is tops on the team and 11th in the MEAC in scoring 12.6 points per game. McCray averages 11.9 points per game to rank 13th in the league.
The Series (NCAT leads 35-34)
This is the second meeting between the teams this season. North Carolina A&T won the first contest 67-47 in a game that was closer than the score would indicate on Jan. 12 at Delaware State. The Lady Hornets were ahead 34-33 at the half and only trailed 45-41 after three quarters. DSU was outscored 22-6 in the fourth quarter. Lanayjha Ashe was high scorer for Delaware State with 15 points. NaJai Pollard, the Lady Hornets’ leading scorer, was held to a season-low eight points on three-of-14 shooting from the field, but grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds in this season’s first meeting. NCA&T has won its last eight over the Lady Hornets to pull ahead 35-34 in the all-time series. DSU’s last series win was on Feb. 5, 2011 (73-67).