Aggies uses UNC loss as a learning moment
A&T STATISTICAL LEADERS: VS Jazmin harris (16 pts, 8 for 13 FG, 6 reb., 23 min); F Kiana Adderton (6 pts., 2-for-3 FG, 7 reb.); g Jordyn dorsey (5 assists).
UNC STATISTICAL LEADERS: G / F Alyssa Ustby (15 pts, 6 for 11 FG, 7 reb.); G Carlie Littlefield (15 pts, 6 for 7 FG, 3 for 4 3 FG, 5 assists, 4 steals); G Deja Kelly (13 pts, 3-for-5 FGs, 2-for-2 3FGs, 4 assists, 4 interceptions); G Eva Hodgson (13 pts, 5-for-5 FG, 2-for-2 3FG, 2 interceptions).
WHY A&T DIDN’T RECEIVE THE W: When you’re playing a Power Five like the University of North Carolina, and you’re an intermediate student like NC A&T, you need a quick start. That didn’t happen Tuesday night in the Aggies’ opener at Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels scored three 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game and had a 16-6 lead in the first media timeout. The Aggies had just three field goals in the first quarter and trailed 20-8 early in the second period.
WHY UNC GOT THE W: The Tar Heels were just a little faster on the ball in all aspects of the game. They entered the passing lanes. They pushed the ball away from the Aggie ball players and on some occasions they beat the Aggies in dribbling. However, the most important part of UNC’s success was A&T’s 36 turnovers and Tar Heels’ 42-8 advantage in turnout points.
CRUCIAL: Graduate Guard and Selection of the Big South Conference Preseason Second Team Chanin scott notched his third foul with 1:49 remaining in the first half. Scott’s early fouling issues led her to play just 10 minutes in the first half and attempt a field goal attempt. Not having the services of veteran senior players Jasmen walton and junior Shayla nelson didn’t help when you paired it up with Scott’s foul problem.
CHAPEL HILL – The last time the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team played competitively, the Aggies scared the then-number one ACC North Carolina State Wolfpack. 3rd team in the country, during the NCAA tournament last March before losing.
Returning to action for the 2021-22 season opener, the Aggies faced another Tuesday night at the University of North Carolina at Carmichael Arena. Tar Heels didn’t have the slightest sense of fear in this one as they came away with a 92-47 win in their opener of the season.
But it’s worth noting that Tuesday’s version of the NC A&T women’s basketball team was very different from the one that faced the Wolfpack last spring. NC A&T faced six newcomers on Tuesday, and they played without two players who played important roles in the 2021 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship on guard. Jasmen walton (5ft 11in, SR, Baltimore, Maryland) and before Shayla nelson (5-11, JR, Goose Creek, South Carolina).
Plus, when you were as successful as the Aggies women’s basketball program, the element of surprise is gone. Chapel Hill and Greensboro aren’t so far apart of where word has not reached UNC head coach Courtney Banghart on NC A&T’s success under the direction of the head coach. Tarrell Robinson.
Banghart said it before the game; therefore, the Tar Heels did not take NC A&T lightly. He showed an opening point. The Tar Heels had a double-digit lead, 16-6, in the opening five minutes of the game. The Aggies had scored just three field goals in the first 12 and a half minutes and trailed 30-8 in that span.
“You still want to win. You would definitely want a huge win like this because it would have said a lot for our university and our program. But the pace continues. As a coach you learn not to overreact. to matches like this. ”
It wasn’t a night to pull out the old clipboard and write plays. UNC led by no less than 27 in the first half. They took a 45-21 lead in the locker room at halftime. Therefore, Robinson spent most of the evening educating and teaching.
“That’s what you are forced to take away from this game,” Robinson said of using the night to teach. “If I give them up after the first game of the season, then I don’t do what I asked them to buy. We obviously need to improve, but tonight I’m more disappointed with our response in certain segments of the game. . I’m not too disappointed with what we’ve seen overall today. “
Robinson explained that it would take time for his players – new and old – to figure out how they can coexist with each other. Mixed in with plenty of freshmen and transfers, they’re also trying to adapt to Lady Aggies Basketball’s philosophies, according to Robinson.
“Our new hires are talented, but they’re still trying to figure it out,” Robinson said.
The Aggies won’t play their first game in the Deep South until December 29. Therefore, the Aggies will have plenty of time to figure it out. But while they do, they still have to face Kansas State and the country’s current No.1 team at the University of South Carolina.
“You want them to still believe, even right now,” Robinson said. “I still believe because it’s a long season. If you overreact you lose them. I’ve learned that from experience. I’ve been down this path before. We’re fine.”
QUOTE: “They took advantage of all our turnovers. They took advantage of our box-out steps. They took advantage of us not to keep the ball. They took advantage of us not to manipulate their screens on the ball. everything. But that’s what they’re supposed to do. ”
The Head Coach Tarrell Robinson on the UNC game Tuesday
- The Aggies topped the Tar Heels 36-32.
- The Tar Heels had a 42-8 advantage in points on turnovers and a 23-2 advantage in transition points.
- The Aggies have a few players who know ACC and UNC. Chanin scott played three seasons at Georgia Tech. Faith Black Stone started his career at Syracuse University, and Kennedy boyd was playing for the University of North Carolina.
- The Aggies are now 2-8 season opener under Robinson. Tuesday marked the second time in his tenure that he opened with an ACC foe. This is the third time he’s opened against a Power Five.
- The Tar Heels are 3-0 against the Aggies. Tuesday marked the first time the two schools had played since the 2000-01 season.
- Tuesday scored just the 15th time in the Robinson era of 268 games that an opponent has shot better than 50 percent. The Tar Heels shot 54 percent in the win.
- The Aggies have three more non-conference tournaments in the state as they travel to Elon on November 22. They welcome their rival North Carolina Central on December 11 and they are in East Carolina on December 16.